Harold Kim Jones: Quarterly Outstanding Public Service Award Recipient

     Harold Kim Jones DPM, ChFC was born in Vernal, UT a few years ago and is the son of Harold Deloy “Red” and Petra Jones who built Arbys in Vernal.   He graduated Wasatch High in 1982, and then served a Spanish Speaking mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in San Antonio, TX. He completed his BS degree in Microbiology at BYU. He met and married his wife, Colleen Townson-Jones while attending BYU where they graduated together.
     They moved to San Francisco, CA where he attended medical school and became a podiatric physician. He completed his surgical residency in Albuquerque, NM and eventually became board certified in surgery. Colleen and Kim returned to Vernal to practice podiatric medicine and surgery in 1992 opening up his office across from the hospital. He has served on several hospital committees including advertising, CME, surgical, executive, and others. He opened several satellite practices in Roosevelt, Duchesne, Altamont, and at Indian Health Services.  He was instrumental in getting bylaws written and changed for future health care workers and has published two articles in medical journals.

     He has volunteered for the CERT training and the Physicians network. He served as board member, treasurer/secretary, Vice-president, president, and past president for the Utah Podiatric Medical Association for 12 years. He was nominated Podiatrist of the year in 2000. He was a member of the American Podiatric medical association for 25 years, as well as the American Public Health Association, American Diabetes Association, and honorary chairman as the national business advisory council. He has served in several teaching and leadership capacities for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He participates in training and presenting an educational series for financial wellness and other medical related topics to many organizations here and throughout the state.

     Kim and his wife Colleen served 6 years as mentors, event planners, and sponsors in the 4-H horse program with several youth. They have served in the Texas Longhorn Association sponsoring shows in Utah and Idaho, and currently raise Longhorn Cattle. They have supported several local sports programs, high school productions, and were early supporters and organizers for the Dinosaur Triathlon with Marty Fallon. Kim made the petrified dinosaur poop(coprolite) trophies for the winning contestants.

     Kim earned his Eagle Scout award in his youth, and he and his wife trained at Wood Badge as adult leaders. They have helped several youth, including their sons, earn Eagle and other recognitions and awards.

     Dr. Jones has been teaching anatomy, physiology, and microbiology to nursing students at USU for the past 13 years.

     He has served as a State Central Committee member for 4 years with the Republican Party. He is a long time active member of the Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce and is a Dinah-Mites.

     In 2010, Dr. Jones sold his practice to Jeremy Strange, and retired after 20 years in practicing podiatric medicine. At age 47 he started a new career as a Financial advisor and has developed a strong practice helping families and business’ save money on taxes, provide better options for retirement, and protect their assets. He spends a lot of time teaching the community on how to prepare and improve their financial wellness.

     The Public Relations Committee of the Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to present to Harold Kim Jones the Quarterly Outstanding Public Service award for his many accomplishments and continuing contributions to our community.