Donald M. “Chip” Jones Jr., 72, died Oct. 25 in Jackson Hole. His family provided the following.
Chip passed away peacefully with Ginger, his wife of 51 years, by his side.
Chip was born in Geneva, New York, and moved in 1956 to St. Petersburg, Florida, where he lived until retirement.
He attended Florida State University, where he was on the FSU varsity swim team and, more importantly, where he met Ginger.
He graduated from FSU in 1970, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
He spent most of his career as a certified public accountant with KPMG, 25 years as a partner. Chip’s professional activities included chairman of the Not-for-Profit Committee of the Florida Institute for CPAs and serving on the FICPA State and Local Government Committee.
Over the years, Chip became involved in and took leadership roles in numerous civic and community activities. He was a member of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Investment Committee, a board member of the Bayfront Hospital Foundation, a board member of the Pinellas County Education Foundation, president and treasurer of Great Explorations Children’s Museum, a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Florida State University School of Accountancy and a youth counselor at First United Methodist Church.
In 2017, Chip became a volunteer DJ (his lifelong dream) at KHOL 89.1 FM, the Jackson Hole community radio station, and for two years he hosted a show, “Time Warp.” This allowed him to submerge himself daily in his passion, music.
He was a devout Christian and a member of the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole.
He was an inspiration to others, a genuine friend and a mentor to many. Chip always put his family first, and there wasn’t a moment of life that he missed. He will be remembered for his smile, his charm and his sense of humor. He was also very talented at playing air guitar.
He was a loving father to Windy (Ross) and Kristen (Dwayne) and proud Boppy to Sophie, Alexandra and Sadie. He is survived by his mother, Mary; his brother, Doug; and his sister, Barbara (McGregor). He was predeceased by his father, Don.
In Chip’s memory, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Donate.lovetotherescue.org/chipjones, or a charity of your choice.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date due to COVID-19 restrictions.