Lani Jones, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Sept. 27, 1972, passed away in Tahoe, California, on March 5. Lani attended high school at the Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California, where she excelled on the tennis team. After graduating from Torrey Pines High School she enrolled at the University of San Diego, graduating with a bachelor’s in of business administration. From there she went to Long Island University obtaining a master’s in business administration.
Lani first came to Telluride to visit me, her dad, Jim Jones. We both took first-time snowboard lessons. I quit after the morning run, but Lani went on and, after moving permanently to Telluride, worked part-time in the ski school as an instructor. Like a lot of her friends, she did what she needed to do to live in town — waited tables, worked in real estate offices and any other work she could pick up.
But Lani’s focus was to experience life to its fullest. She moved to India where establishing an ecotourism business in Himalaya. She was an annual attendee at the Burning Man Festival and she traveled to Baja to be part of a wellness group there.
Lani moved from Telluride to Park City for a few years, and then moved on to Tahoe in 2015. After visiting Tahoe she decided that was where she wanted to settle. And to emphasize her commitment last year, she acquired her new roommate, Ryder, a golden retriever. In addition to her other jobs, Lani was working on marketing skincare products under the name Skin Sweets. Da’ BOMB balm was one of her products that was currently on the market.
Lani is survived by her mother Jane Young and father Jim Jones, her sister Lisa May, her half-siblings, Jeff Jones, Linda Easter, Karen Baldwin, and her nephew Parker May, who misses his ski lessons with his Aunt Lani.
Lani’s exuberance and love of life made her the special person to all who knew and loved her.