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Rondo Ivan Jennings

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Rondo Ivan Jennings, aged 61, was released from his battle with COVID-19 on August 30, 2021.

Ron was born in Tempe, Arizona to Ivan and Loretta (Lee) Jennings. His childhood was spent living in several different states and the United Kingdom. He served as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in theTaiwan, Kaohsiung Mission and completed an associate’s degree in zoology from Ricks College and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brigham Young University.

He married his sweetheart, Kristin (Alexander) Jennings, with whom he celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary this year. He is survived by Kristin along with their five children: Erin and son-in-law Ian Barnett; and Alexander, Afton, Ethan, and Delaney Jennings. He was delighted and proud to be the grandfather of four grandchildren: Brecken, London, Watson, and Elliott Barnett. He is also survived by his mother Loretta, and his siblings Arlene (Steven) Jennings Spittle, Linda (Chris) Hill, Lee (Eliza) Florian, Loretta (Roger) McGrath, and Ming-Hsia Rhonda (Wayne) Burton. He was preceded in death by his father Ivan, and they are surely happily reunited.

Ron worked in various positions for the City of Phoenix Water Services Department over the course of 28 years. He served in various callings at church throughout his life; the past 10 at least were spent teaching primary children which he enjoyed very much. Ron enjoyed outdoors activities like hunting, fishing, and camping. His other favorite past-times included antiquing, going to concerts and on trips with his family. He was a do-it-yourself man who often worked on cars and home projects.

He is dearly missed, but his faith and that of his family and friends, promises a bright and happy reunion one day.

A funeral will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints, 425 S. Estrella Parkway Goodyear, AZ 85338, on Saturday, September 4th, at 10:00 am. There will be no viewing or graveside service as his body will be laid to rest by cremation.

26 Comments on “Rondo Ivan Jennings

  1. Ron was very funny and I will remember his antics with a smile. I will miss him a lot. It doesn’t seem possible that his mortal probation is over so soon. My heart felt sympathy goes out to his wife and children.

  2. One funny thing I remember is we we’re at Erin and Ian’s. Kristen asked if he had to work over Christmas
    He said I think I can come up with a couph.

  3. I’m going to miss seeing you at famiy events and I look forward to meeting you again on the other side. Love you cousin.

  4. I remember Ron, when he work.at Union Hills WTP. He had a great sense of humor and very nice person
    I am so sorry, for his family, and know they are in my prayers

  5. Ron was an awesome coworker. My prayers are for you all during this difficult time for courage and strength. He will be dearly miss.

  6. I was very sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. We worked together at the Union Hills Water Plant. My condolences go out to his wife and family.

  7. I was at Loretta’s, and her pool pump wasn’t functioning properly. Ron and I went to see if we could correct the malfunction. Within a short time Ron diagnosed and corrected the malfunction. I fondly recall that brief moment in our life.

  8. Our deepest condolences to all family members. The Jennings gang has a very special place in our hearts.

  9. We love you uncle Ron! We wish you well where you are & know that we will see you again! All our love,
    ~Scott & Mesha Burzynski

  10. Thank you Rondo for always being an inspiration and someone I looked up to. You will always be remembered in my heart and look forward to seeing you in the next life.

  11. We were blessed to have Ron as our son-in-law, and he was a very kind, sweet, and generous one to us.
    I loved watching him
    with his children, and then with his grandchildren, obviously adoring all of them.
    It was always fun to see his great gifts for Kristin, but I don’t think any topped the tickets to see her ice skating favorites!

  12. We love the Jennings family, you all have my condolences and prayers. Ron was such a special man and we are so saddened by the loss of your dad, grandpa, husband, uncle, and more. I know you all will see him again!

  13. Ron was such a kind, fun and loving person. I enjoyed watching him interact with the grandkids and playing games with him. He and Kristin raised an amazing family and we love and are praying for all of you!

  14. While we never worked with or served in church positions with Ron, anytime I saw him he was smiling. He had a very calm “life is good” aura around him. I know he’s deeply missed. We love you, Jennings family.

  15. I am quite a bit younger than Ron, so I didn’t know him well, but he and his wife, Kristin, always had a smile when we’d see them at family reunions, and they were super fun to be around. I loved hearing all tributes about his life; they inspires
    me to try to be a better son, brother, husband, and father.

  16. Ron was our home teacher the entire time we lived in Phoenix, and was always checking up on us. We love the Jennings family! You are all in our prayers.

  17. We are so sorry for your loss. We pray that your family will feel peace and comfort and the love of Christ at this time. We love you.

  18. Our deepest sympathies to your whole family! We were only in the same ward for a few years, but Ron was always very kind and understanding. Dependable to the core and didn’t judge. We love you, Jennings family!

  19. While I never got to know Ron, knowing you and your kids tells me so much. The tributes at his funeral just confirmed that he was a wonderful man who made a lasting, beautiful impact on this earth. I pray for comfort for the family and beautiful memories until you meet again.

  20. Ron’s smile and kind heart will always be remembered. His care and concern for others was a great example to me. My sincere condolences to Kristin, his children and family.

  21. I loved hearing stories about Ron from his brother during the service. It was nice to hear what a great guy he’s been since his youth. Sending love to all of his family.

  22. So many fun memories of hanging out with Ron and Kristin! Ron always had a bright smile and welcoming personality…he will be missed.

  23. I’m so very saddened hearing of Ron’s passing.

    I’ve always admired and thought highly of Ron since we first met so many years ago at church.
    He was a ‘good’ guy and always pleasant. His sense of humor was classic.

    Kristin, Erin, Alex, Afton, Ethan, and Delaney please accept my sincere condolences and know that Rondo was greatly loved by many.

    Sincerely,
    Damian Ross

  24. We enjoyed Ron’s beautiful service and hearing all the stories. We will miss seeing his sweet smile in the church halls. We love your family and will continue to keep you in our prayers. Ron will be missed.

  25. I already signed the gest book once, but I don’t see my responses. So I will sign again.
    I have very fond memories of Ron. I will relate a few. When Ron was living in Hawaii we sent the family a Christmas 🎄 picture of His Aunt Virginia family and our family still living in Lakeside AZ. Ron loved the picture, but wondered why the grass was all white. Another time when I was a teenager I had Ron. Arlene and Linda for a week. His mother gave me a very strict diet, and does. Ron wanted to go fishing. I left his sister in the care of a neighbor. Ron and I went fishing, we didn’t catch a thing. Ron did not mind he liked being out in the boat. Ron that day became one of my heroes never complain and enjoy the moment. Anything he did he approached it with enjoyment and enthusiasm. This was our Ron. Our love to our family and loved ones.
    Uncle James & Aunt Maribeth.

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