Lt. Col. Donald W. Jones, US Air Force (Ret.)
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Beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend passed away at age 78 on Sunday, May 15. Lt. Col. Donald W. Jones was born in Springfield, Ill., to Leroy and Hazel Jones and was the youngest of four boys. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in agriculture education. He married Norma Ruth Broaddus on March 3, 1956 in Raymond, Ill. Don served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, starting his career as a navigator. He obtained a master's degree in education and later worked in contract management. He and Norma had three children, Deborah Jones-Ludwig (Larry), Donald William Jones (Jean Ericksen) and Thomas Paul Jones (Monica Barnett). After retiring from the Air Force, Don and Norma settled in Phoenix and Don worked for Motorola for 12 years. After retiring from Motorola he and Norma spent their winters traveling in their motor home. Don, along with Norma, also volunteered with several organizations such as SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business," the American Legion and their church. Don leaves a legacy of Christian faith and deep love to his wife, children and seven grandchildren - Joshua, Donald (DJ), Sarah, Paula, Julianne, Brooke and Abbey. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, brother Kermit and many nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Clarence and Charles. A memorial service took place on May 19 at Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Road in Tempe. In lieu of flowers, donations to Arizona Community Church or the American Legion would be appreciated.

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