SMBA member Donald W. Jones died January 7, 2019 at the age of 81.

Don was born and raised in Cabool, Missouri. He graduated from Cabool High School and McPherson College. He also attended George Washington University during a stint as the Executive Secretary to the President of International Voluntary Services. After graduating from college, Don was a federal bank examiner, then attended the University of Missouri School of Law. In law school he was a member of Phi Delta Phi, the Order of the Coif, and the Missouri Law Review.

Don started his legal career as an associate attorney at Walker, Daniel, Clampett, Ellis & Rittershouse. He later joined with several young lawyers to start the firm Church, Prewitt, Jones, Wilson & Karchmer. In 1984 he was a founding partner of the firm Hulston, Jones & Marsh, where he continued to practice until his recent retirement.

Don loved practicing law. He was known for his expertise in labor and employment law, and in 1972 he argued a case before the United States Supreme Court. President Ronald Reagan appointed Don to the to the National Commission on Employment Policy, and he was re-appointed by President George H.W. Bush. 

Don was active in the community, serving as a longtime member of the Board of Cox Health Systems, the Springfield Contractors Association, the Chamber of Commerce, and a number of other organizations. He enjoyed membership in the  Rotary Club of Springfield and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the ABA, the Missouri Bar and he was a long time and supportive member of Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.

Our condolences to Don’s family, colleagues and friends.