Dana Jones was an award-winning designer of kitchens and baths in Long Beach, California. Many of her projects were featured in national magazines. The re-design of her own kitchen appeared in This Old House. At home on the morning of March 3, 2014, Dana sustained a severe, skull-fracturing blow to the back of her head. Dana’s parents and siblings believe that she was murdered by her husband. Please visit YogaDeath.com for more information.
Dana was born in Denver, Colorado, on August 6, 1963. She grew up in Littleton, Colorado. She graduated from Littleton High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and International Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She became a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) in 1996. Dana was proud to have earned the designation Certified Master Kitchen and Bathroom Designer (CMKBD) in 2014.
Dana moved to Long Beach, California, in 1990 to pursue her career in kitchen design. Over the years, she was blessed to work with great mentors and colleagues at Fine Lines in Redondo Beach, Alms Cabinetry, Kitchen Studio Naples, and more.
In the late 1990s, she launched The Kitchen Consultant. She built a thriving business doing what she loved: working closely with clients to create inviting, personalized kitchens, baths, closets, and laundry rooms.
Her work energized her, and she enjoyed solving difficult space-planning problems. She spoke often of the wonderful architects, vendors, builders, installers, clients, and colleagues with whom she worked. She was proud to be part of the design-and-build community in the Long Beach area.
Dana loved to travel with her family. She enjoyed several cruises with a boatload of Joneses during the last few years of her life. Dana spent a month in 2012 touring British, Scandinavian, and Baltic ports. In 2005, she and her sister explored Cambodia. Dana was fond of Amsterdam and dreamed of someday living on a houseboat on one of the city’s famous canals.
Dana had volunteered to be an organ donor on her California driver license. After she died, she remained in her bed in the ICU as doctors ran a series of tests to check the condition of her organs. She was in remarkable good health — partly because she was a dedicated practitioner of yoga.
She was survived by her parents, Neil and Elaine Jones of Littleton, Colorado, husband Cain Finn Jones (also known as Huck, Hucky, Carl Lynn Jenkins, and Kane Finn Kealoha) of Long Beach, brother Stephen Jones of Littleton and his wife Laura and their children Quinn and Belle, and sister Lisa Jones of Denver — as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and Dana’s faithful dog Enzo.
Dana was hilariously funny, brimming with dry, wry wit and kindhearted, perceptive humor.
Dana was a lifelong lover of reading and books. Gifts in her memory can be sent to Friends of the Long Beach Public Library, 101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90822.
Aboard the motor yacht Mauretania on June 4, 2014, Dana’s parents, siblings, sister-in-law, nephew, and niece released Dana’s ashes into the Pacific Ocean just off Point Fermin near Long Beach. Several sea lions appeared and welcomed her into the deep.
Mortuary obituary: http://allsouls.tributes.com/our_obituaries/Dana-K.-Jones-100897998
Denver Post obit: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/denverpost/obituary.aspx?pid=170404451