By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item
BEAVER SPRINGS — The late Monkee Davy Jones may have been larger than life to some, but fans weren’t willing to embrace an 11-foot statue of the singer proposed to be unveiled in this Snyder County community in June.
“Fans complained bitterly because they wanted to have photos taken with the statue of Davy,” Beavertown Mayor Cloyd “Bill” Wagner said of the original plan to erect an 11-foot memorial.
So, a decision was made to build a 4-inch pedestal for the life-sized statue of the 5-foot, 3-inch tall Jones to rest upon.
Altoona sculptor Chuck LaMark is creating the statue free and will unveil it during a June 15 ceremony at the Farmer’s Carnival Grounds near Jones’ Beaver Springs home.
“It’s a task of love,” said LaMark, a fan. “He gave joy to a lot of people and I don’t want him to be forgotten.”
LaMark has met with Jones’ four daughters and together they agreed the statue will be a likeness of Jones at age 24 and the height of his career.
“It has to be just right because a lot of people recognize him from that period,” LaMark said, adding that he’s excited about the challenge.
A plan to bronze the statue has been dropped because Wagner said organizers don’t have the $6,000 fee and don’t want to interfere with Jones’ daughters attempts to raise money to care for their late father’s 17 horses at his properties in Florida and California.