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Dairy farmer, civic leader Jones dies

Donald Lee Jones, who was a former dairy farmer for more than 30 years in the Bradford area and who served on numerous boards, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany after a lengthy battle with a respiratory illness. He was 76.
‘He cared about the entire (school) district,’ Monty Schneider, the former superintendent of the North Harrison Community School Corp., said about Jones, who was on the school board that voted to hire Schneider, who was then the assistant superintendent, as the top man to succeed Roger Williams.
Jones ‘was straight forward, and that’s what I appreciated about him,’ Schneider, now superintendent of the West Clark Community School Corp., said. ‘If he didn’t know the answer, he would find it.’
Jones served as a school trustee, representing Morgan Township, from 1984 to 1992, placing him on the board that planned and oversaw the majority of the work of the new high school.
‘He was very interested in the school, especially Morgan Elementary, which was in his district,’ Schneider said.
One area Jones was especially interested in was the agriculture program at North Harrison.
Schneider, whose duties sometimes required him to deliver board packets to the members prior to school board meetings, said that Jones often would show him different aspects about his farm.
Jones, who was an Army veteran and a former salesman for Honey Krust and Rainbo Bread Co., was awarded the Indiana Master Farm Conservationist award. He also served as a field man for Holland Dairies and Miller Dairy. He also had a passion for restoring antique tractors, many of which he displayed at the Lanesville Heritage Weekend festival, and he belonged to the Ferguson Tractor Club.
In addition to serving on the North Harrison school board, Jones served on the Harrison County Soil and Water Conservation District board, the Farm Bureau Inc. board, the North Harrison FFA advisory board, the American Dairy Promotion board, the Harrison County Extension and 4-H Council boards and the Palmyra Volunteer Fire Department advisory board. He also helped promote many community events.
Jones also was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Bradford. That’s where his funeral Mass will be, tomorrow (Thursday) at 11 a.m., followed by burial in the church cemetery.