One of the best moments of every Deming Logging Show is when our announcer says that Whatcom County has not suffered a logging fatality in the past year. Unfortunately, those words will not be spoken at the 2019 Deming Logging Show. In August 2018, Mitch Jones lost his life in a tragic logging accident while working for a Whatcom County logging company. Mitch was well respected in the community, as both an outstanding logger and person. The loss of Mitch reminds us of the dangers our industry faces every day, and the reason the Deming Logging Show exists.
Due to an unfortunate mistake on our part, Mitch’s obituary was not included in our 2019 program memorial page. We are deeply sorry to Mitch’s family and friends for this error that was caught after printing. Please know that it was not intentional, and was merely human error. Mitch’s memorial will be included in next year’s program. And, of course, Mitch will be remembered in this year’s opening ceremonies, and the 2019 show will be respectfully dedicated to Mitch.
Gerald “Mitch” Mitchell Jones Sr
August 5, 1968 – August 15, 2018
Gerald Mitchell “Mitch” Jones passed away doing what he loved in a timber cutting accident on August 15, 2018. He is survived by his wife Nicole, sons MJ and Marlin, parents Jerry (Kellie) and Linda Dematties, siblings Jim (Tawnya), Jereme (Tara), Monica (Mike), Keith (Elizabeth), Kilie (Scott) and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Mitch was born August 5, 1968 in Monroe, WA, but spent most of his childhood in Forks, where he went to work at his father’s lumber mill as early as age 15. Mitch found his passion for cutting timber, and did it for over 30 years. He met his wife Nicki in 1995, and they were married a year later. The pair – along with their two kids – called many places in Washington and Idaho home during their time together, most recently on Camano Island since 2012, where they proudly purchased a home two years ago.
Mitch enjoyed hunting, crabbing, and spending time with his family. He was known in his profession as one of the best, and someone who was never bad-mouthed by another in the industry. His loss will be felt heavily in that community and many others.