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Jones, David Bruce

October 2, 1959 –
 October 16, 2019


David Bruce Jones passed away on October 16, 2019. Known as Bruce to family, friends, and colleagues. He was born on October 2, 1959 in Little Rock Arkansas. Bruce was a beloved son, brother, uncle, friend and dad to his three cherished dogs: Lily, Rose and Little One.

Bruce grew up in Jacksonville AR. He attended Jacksonville high, and then went on to Hendrix College where he majored in Political Science and furthered his education at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. He embarked on his career as an attorney with the Arkansas Department of Pollution Control and Ecology. He later moved to Dallas to join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he worked for over thirty years.

Bruce was a zealous lawyer and a dedicated public servant. He represented the EPA in numerous cases, he demonstrated a proficiency and passion that resonated in his career as well as his personal life. Bruce was a constant source of energy, and counsel, as well as a friend to many at EPA and beyond.

Bruce cherished his time at Hendrix where he formed friendships that would last throughout his life. He and his college buddies met annually for reunion weekends to catch up and reminisce about old times

Bruce had a passion for the outdoors. He frequented canoeing and camping trips at the buffalo river with his friends. He also loved working in his yard and cultivated fruit trees that local wildlife always seemed to enjoy as well.  He had a vigor for travel and visited many places such as: Machu Picchu in Peru, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, Thailand, and Africa, where he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

Bruce is preceded in death by his father Lee Jones and brother Donnie Jones. He is survived by his mother Faye Jones, his brothers, Michael Ray and his wife, Terri, Jon and his wife, Jennifer, his nieces and nephew, and numerous friends and colleagues.

Celebrations of Bruce’s life will be held:

Little Rock, Arkansas
November 2, 2019 from 2:00 to 10:00 pm
River Market Tower
315 Rock Street
Little Rock, AR
(River Room)

Dallas, Texas
November 9, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Lakewood Country Club
6430 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX

Memorials may be made to Hendrix College.

A Signature Service under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238

    25 Oct 2019

    Bruce will be deeply missed by his EPA family and beyond. You will remain in our hearts forevermore.

    Adele Cardenas Malott
    26 Oct 2019

    What a loss, Bruce could always keep a conversation in motion, especially if a topic he was passionate about. I have memories of his first tamale making at Karen’s house where friends and family gathered to celebrate the holiday season. Bruce’s tamales always looked like a burrito and he noted he would be able to spot his work of art instantly. Bruce’s passion for the outdoors was infectious and we were always talking about upcoming adventures for both of us. I recall him inviting me and my oldest daughter over to see his numerous canoes and kayaks. His loss will be felt by his EPA family.
    I can still hear him talk about the downtown YMCA being sold and his passion of how it was patrons like him who would suffer from the closure…he was truely not happy and wanted everyone to know it. His friendship and wit will be missed by the Malott’s. Our condolences to his family and we are thankful he touched us directly.

    Terry Elder
    26 Oct 2019

    Bruce was always kind and made me laugh constantly.

    Sherill Tester-Kumbarji
    26 Oct 2019

    My deepest sympathies to Bruce’s family and friends. What a loss to everyone who knew him❣️

    Lana Bollen
    26 Oct 2019

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God provide comfort during this sad time.
    With love, Lana Bollen.

    Renee Nolen
    26 Oct 2019

    Bruce was an extraordinary young man , very intelligent and a had a fun side about him. He will be greatly missed

    Karen Peycke
    27 Oct 2019

    Deepest Sympathy
    Bruce was our friend, our emergency back up. We miss him.

    Gary Neely
    27 Oct 2019

    Our heartfelt condolences from the Neely family

    Jeff Riley
    28 Oct 2019

    Bruce, your energetic presence and humor enlivened every interaction. Thank you for your generous spirit.

    Tomika McGee
    28 Oct 2019

    My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy goes to the family. Bruce was such a wonderful and fun person to know and work with. He will truly be missed here at EPA.

    Janie Acevedo-Beauchamp
    28 Oct 2019

    You will be truly missed at EPA. Your smile and laughter could light up a room. Thank you for always being so kind and gracious. A true gentleman.

    LaVelle Conway
    28 Oct 2019

    May my friend Rest In Peace. May the Angels embrace his spirit. Take your rest my friend!

    LaVelle Conway
    28 Oct 2019

    May my friend Rest In Peace. May the Angels embrace his spirit.

    Brian Graves
    28 Oct 2019

    I was shocked to hear the news. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Bruce was a great attorney at EPA and he helped us with many legal issues. He was always willing to take his time to share his knowledge. He was extremely popular with the attendees when he taught the legal part of our National UIC Inspector Training Class that was held twice in Dallas. Bruce will be greatly missed by me and the rest of his EPA family.

    Lori Jackson
    29 Oct 2019

    Bruce will be missed tremendously at EPA. My condolences to the family, friends and his EPA family.

    Bryan David
    30 Oct 2019

    Rest In Peace Bruce.

    Terry Salem
    6 Nov 2019

    Bruce worked with many of us at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and predecessor agencies over his career at EPA. He was a thoughtful, kind, and wonderful person who was an excellent lawyer that will be missed by us all.

    Kim Pickard
    9 Nov 2019

    Such a good guy. So sad.

    Renee Holmes
    20 Nov 2019

    My prayers are with you Mrs. Jones and family. I worked with Bruce for several years at EPA. He and I shared growing up stories and laughed a lot. He was a kind person with a generous spirit, a true friend. He let the world a better place.

    Anne Holcomb
    26 Nov 2019

    Bruce was one of the first people I met at Hendrix. We were part of the same pre-orientation group, during which we attempted to build a bridge at Village Creek State Park. What our group lacked in carpentry skills, we made up for by building friendships that lasted our four years at the school, and beyond. Bruce was kind, funny, smart, reflective, determined, sincere, and an all-around great guy. I don’t know how many times he gave me a ride home to LR on weekends, but it was a frequent thing! Out of his way; didn’t matter. While I hadn’t seen him in years, I have always had a Bruce-spot in my heart, and I am so sorry to hear today of his recent passing. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. My heart goes out to you all. I am grateful for the time and friendship we shared.

    JOANNA Hartford
    27 Nov 2019

    I am so sad to hear about Bruce’s passing. I considered him a brother. I just spoke to him a couple weeks before he passed and all seemed well. Rest In Peace and know I love you.

    Roz Tarkington
    28 Jan 2020

    Dear Bruce: I was not at peace until I did this….Death is evident for us all but each time it happens it hits me in my heart. I never thought that you would be gone now. I still miss you and I hate I missed your memorial service but my thoughts, prayers & spirit was there. No more toiling or laboring for you here on earth. No more sickness and no more pain for you. So glad you were a part of my work life for so many years. You made me feel special and loved like a true friend but I see now that you made everyone feel that way. Thank You for not treating me differently….Thank You for being me friend and my work brother from another mother. Rest On From Your Labors, you did run well & you blessed many lives along the way. I love you then, now and forever in my heart!!!❤❤ ❤❤

    Rebecca L Tesch Newton
    30 Dec 2022

    Sorry I feel like I knew you I live on Hwy 161 in Jacksonville ark today your family was on my heart today is December 30 th 2022 I managed Downtown Mini Storage in Jacksonville Ark I moved back to Kansas in 2015

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