A Midvale man who astounded the world 20 years ago by surviving more than eight days trapped in a cave-in at the Lark Mine in the Oquirrh Mountains died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1989, in Basalt, Idaho. He was 81.
The rescue of William V. "Buck" Jones in March 1969 from under the rubble of a rock slide deep in the lead-zinc mine where he worked attracted worldwide attention.Newspaper stories described how Mr. Jones helped a co-worker out of danger before being buried himself for eight days.
Mr. Jones, who was born June 13, 1908, in Mammoth, Juab County, is survived by his children; 43 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two brothers and a sister.
His funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday in the Midvale 3rd LDS Ward chapel, 75 S. Olympus Circle. Friends may call between 6 and 8 p.m. Wednesday at MacKay Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 Highland Drive, or Thursday, one hour before the service at the church.