In Memoriam: Don Jones, OD ’53
Don Erwin Jones OD ’53, died Aug. 27, 2022, at age 99, just a few weeks shy of his 100th birthday. He was born in Sparks, Nev., on Sept. 14, 1922, to Clarence and Ollie Jones. His family lived in Nevada and California before settling in Portland, Ore., in 1937. Jones spent two years in the Navy before attending Pacific University. He began his optometric practice in 1956 with Sam Tyler and was later joined by Rod Gillilan in 1958. They would spend the next 30 years working together before their office merged to form Family Vision Center in Eugene in 1986.
He was married to Joan Welch, the love of his life, until her death in 2008. They had a good life and enjoyed traveling with friends John and Yvonne Hamson. After retiring, Don delivered Meals on Wheels, volunteered at Food for Lane County, and spent 50 plus years serving the Eugene Downtown Lions Club. Many will remember him helping out good friends Ralph and Jeff Robinson at Reed and Cross in Eugene. He is survived by stepdaughters, Jan and Jody.