Basic information about Fawn Jones Taylor
“As I ponder over my past years of life and the many varied and interesting things that have happened to me, my big question is ‘What should I include and what should I leave out of my life’s history?’. I have engaged in much personal debate over the importance of things to include to the point that I feel it necessary to not only include the big, major things, but the little daily happenings. The small things may seem unimportant to others, but to me they are very important and have surely played a big part in making me the person I am today. So, as you read these lines of past experiences, joys, sorrows, successes, and failures, please realize that they all went in to what I believe shaped my destiny, cemented into me my personality and indelible traits of character.”
- My father was Albert William Jones, known as A. Will. He was born March 22, 1881 in Provo, Utah. He died December 30, 1962 in Provo, Utah, at the age of 81.
- My mother was Emma August Groneman (Jones), born on January 6, 1883 in Provo, Utah and died June 6, 1959 in Provo, Utah at the age of 76.
Infancy and Early Childhood
- On February 6, 1917, my father recorded the following in his journal: “Twin girls came to bless our home today. The excitement, the joy, the tears, and the thankful hearts to our Father in Heaven that all is well with my wife, Emma, at the birth of our beautiful girls. They were born at about 6:00 pm. Fay was born first and Fawn about 10 minutes later.”
- Fawn was born in the home located at 467 South 600 West in Provo, Utah. This home was in the Provo 2nd Ward, the ward in which Fawn was blessed, baptized, and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Fawn has a special place in her heart for the Provo 2nd Ward Chapel and the adjoining amusement hall, as this was the building in which she was blessed as an infant, confirmed a member of the church, where she attended all her Sunday School, Primary, and Mutual classes, and where she eventually met her life’s companion. Fawn stated, “I spent countless time [in the 2nd Ward Chapel] serving the Lord and growing strong in the Gospel.”
- Fawn attended Franklin Elementary School, Dixon Junior High School, and Provo High School, all located in Provo, Utah
- Fawn married Wayne Dean Taylor, son of Leo Sanford Taylor and Stella Dean Taylor, on April 24, 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple. Their marriage license was issued in Utah County on April 23, 1952. They were sealed in the temple by Elder David O. McKay.
- Deanna was born on October 27, 1941 in Provo, Utah
- Dayna Kay was born on April 1, 1946 in Portland, Oregon
- Linda Dee was born on January 16, 1949 in Winnemucca, Nevada
- Michael Dean was born on April 24, 1952 (Fawn and Dean’s 12th wedding anniversary) in Reno, Nevada
American Fork Days
- At some point in her adult life, Fawn developed the habit of sending “letters of complaint” to anyone and everyone who did not meet her expectations. In her diary she mentioned that she had sent letters to the following persons or businesses: Star Kist Tuna Company, Nailette, Dee’s Family Restaurant (her hamburger was not cooked well), Clorox Company, Cascade Company (soap spots on her dishes), Crest Company (she didn’t receive some promised toothpaste coupons), the Nut Tree Restaurant near Sacramento, California (for the “lousy meal they served us”), and to the boss of Dick Palmer at Ken Garff Chevrolet (assumedly for the abrasive manner).
* Fawn, in her later years, recorded this poem in her notes. She gives no explanation concerning the poem, but one must assume that it meant something special to her.
Once a day and sometimes more,
You knock upon my daydream door.
And I say warmly, “Come right in,
I’m glad you’re with me here again.”
Then we sit down and have a chat,
Recalling this, discussing that,
Until some task that I must do
Forces me away from you.
Reluctantly I say good-bye,
Smiling with a little sigh.
But what reality can’t change,
My dreams and wishes can arrange —
For though my dreams can bring you near,
I wish that you were really here.
And through my wishing you’ll be brought,
To me each day, a guest in thought.
* Fawn recorded many memories about enjoyable trips she participated in with Senior Citizens from American Fork. These were trips in buses to various locations in the western United States. Apparently Fawn was the main source of entertainment on these bus trips, serving as Master of Ceremonies for the voyage. She always came prepared with games and prizes to entertain the passengers. She remembered a trip to Death Valley in southern California during which she gave away nickels as prizes. She stated this was due to the fact that they passed through Las Vegas on the way (Fawn could not resist the nickel slot machines). She served a similar role on two trips to Elko, Nevada. After one of these trips, she recorded – “The next time we go I am going to let someone else do the games so that I can enjoy the trip and not have so much to do.” She later reported on a trip to the Rose Parade in southern California with Faldmo Tours. She bought ten pounds of candy on sale at K-Mart and gave it all away as prizes during the trip.
* Fawn recorded that three times during her adult life she found lost wallets. The first one was found at ZCMI and contained $40. The second one mentioned was a wallet found at Girl’s Camp at Lake Tahoe. Fawn recorded that she had much regret concerning this wallet. It must be assumed that she regretted not being able to locate the owner. Finally, she found a wallet at K-Mart containing $20.
* Fawn listed some of the slang words and catchy phrases that her father, A. Will Jones, used during his life. If a person or situation was uplifting or noteworthy, he described them as “the cat’s meow”. If something caused him to get mad or irritated, he would say, “It sure did make me Mentholatum”. His nickname for his daughter Ruth was “Waxy”. Persons who were disagreeable or irritating were called “fizzicks” or “teeter-butts”.
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