About Dana Jones

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.

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Lion pride! Class of 1981.

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.

At Angkor Wat, October 2005.

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.

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Classic Dana.

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.

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Dana with her husband Huck (Carl Jenkins a.k.a. Cain Jones a.k.a. Kane Kealoha) in 2012.

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


6 replies on “About Dana Jones”

Dana sounds like she was a beautiful ray of sunshine. I wish I could have known her. May you and your family continue to heal and find peace. -Claire


It’s been a few years since I last worked with Dana. I am ready to start a new project and she was the first person to come to my mind.

I am truly heartbroken to hear she has passed away. She was amazing at what she could create in a home. We worked well together and often found an excuse to grab some lunch together while we were working.

She was one of the kindest people I know. We have lost not only an amazing hardworking interior designer, but a wonderful human being as well.


I was just asked whether we would recommend our kitchen designer, and I enthusiastically said, “Yes– she was one of the best parts of our build!” I came online to make sure I had her most recent contact information to give my friend, when I came across this. She was incredibly talented at making our vision better than we could imagine. I’m so sorry for your loss.


Just found out that beautiful Dana passed away. I was so shocked and broken-hearted as I’m writing this. She has done beautiful projects for my family. Our beautiful kitchen, master’s bathroom (which she designed twice) get so many compliments. I was ready to do minor changes to my kitchen which she designed in 1996 and has withstood the test of time and style, and called her number. It was disconnected, so I tried to check the internet to find her. I was so shocked to read that she died in 2014. I just wished that I could have been there to pay tribute. She was a beautiful, kind, patient and truly gifted human being.
My deepest condolences to her husband and family. My dog’s name is also Enzo and she met him.


I am so sad. I had no idea until I looked up Dana to help me with a third remodel. She did my kitchen and the plans for my master bath. Thinking about you Dana.


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