The Story of Don Jones

Don Jones loved Texas!

Don Jones worked at the Capitol over 15 years as a legislative staff member. He helped pass laws to help children, senior citizens, and veterans. He worked very hard on issues like education and housing because he wanted everyone to live in a safe place and learn as much as they could in order for them to have a great life.

Don was born on December 3, 1949, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and moved to Texas after he retired from the military. He was married to Rebecca and had 5 children, 3 stepchildren, 11 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Don wanted to share his love of Texas with everyone that came to visit him at his Capitol Office. One day he met Dan Markson from the NRP Group who loved history. Together Dan and Don decided to create a day at the Texas Capitol just for kids – a day where children could come to Austin and learn about Texas history and the men and women that fought for independence, never giving up even though it was hard work. Through Don Jones' work with State Senator José Menéndez, Don was able to give tours of the Texas State Capitol and let students experience a day as a state legislator.

Don Jones died on December 11, 2013. And when he died, so many people were sad but at the same time very grateful for all that he had done to make the lives of Texans better throughout his life, especially during his time at the State Capitol. ‘Don Jones’ Day at the Capitol continued as way to honor this kind, loyal, generous man. So each summer kids from all over Texas take part in this special day.

Don Jones enjoyed speaking with students about the Texas Capitol and the ways that laws are made.
Don Jones (first row, far left) poses with students from Northwest Vista College after leading a tour of the House Chamber.