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Letter: Longtime supporter of scouting will be missed

By Tom Smotherman Jr., Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America Sioux Council, Sioux Falls, S.D.

It is with deepest regret that I share the news of the passing of Lewis & Clark Scout Camp icon and our scouting friend, David “Davey" Jones. Davey passed away in his sleep on Sept. 5 while on a fossil hunting expedition with a friend in Lusk, Wyo.

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It is not over stated to say that Davey was a legend among scouts who attended summer camp at Lewis & Clark. This past camping season was Davey’s 37th at the camp on the hills above the Missouri River. His legacy literally touched the lives of thousands of campers throughout the decades.

Davey’s impact on scouting was not limited to summer camp alone. He was a stalwart presence in local scouting in both the Worthington and Marshall areas. His distinctive voice, the always positive attitude and the wealth of knowledge will be sorely missed by all.

In many college communities, Davey was renowned for his knowledge of, work in and support of paleontology. It is fitting that Davey’s last hours were spent doing what he loved.

Davey’s family wishes to express their thanks for the many kind words of condolence they have received from the scouting community. Davey’s body will be cremated, and a memorial service will be held in Spring 2014 at Lewis and Clark Scout Camp.

Family members have requested that anyone wishing to honor Davey’s memory can make contributions in his name to the Sioux Council, BSA.

Please keep Davey’s family, including his many beloved friends in scouting, in your prayers in this time of loss.