Construction Financial Management Association Ron Jones Endowed Scholarship
Ronald (Ron) Wayne Jones was born Nov. 17, 1962, in Grangeville, Idaho. He earned the designation of Eagle Scout and graduated from Grangeville High School. He went on to attend college at the University of Idaho at Moscow, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. While at UI, Jones became a member of Delta Chi and ultimately became president of the local chapter, a position he held for two years, which is quite unusual.
On July 5, 1986, in Grangeville, he married his high school sweetheart, Alicia Haener. They moved to Alaska in 1986 and lived in Alaska since.
After earning his certified public accountant license in both Alaska and Idaho, Jones began his professional career in Anchorage at Touche Ross, one of the big eight international accounting firms of the time. He went on to distinguish himself for such firms as VECO, ASRC and then in 2009, during what his friends affectionately called “the summer of Ron,” he worked as an independent consultant before accepting a position as chief financial officer for Olgoonik Native Corporation.
Jones’ loving family describes him as “a powerful force in the world, who touched the lives of so many people. His ready smile was known by all, revealing his fun-loving nature; his happy-go-lucky optimistic attitude and his unfailing willingness to help anyone. Ron had an almost never-ending ability to make people smile and his attitude about life was highly infectious. Many a person stated that Ron had never met a stranger and this attribute endeared him to the hearts of many. Ron was a committed father and husband who made it a point to attend every sporting or school event for his girls.”
Jones enjoyed the Alaska outdoors with his buddies, especially snowmachining, hunting and fishing. While doing so, he always tried his best to help earn “fun tickets” along the way. He also enjoyed golfing, racquetball, softball and participated in the Tok-to-Dawson snowmachine ride on several occasions. Jones was one of the founding members of the Pfighting Kurds, a group of very special men and their wives who purport to play softball, but enjoy each other’s company and are absolutely and unconditionally committed to supporting each other in every facet of their lives.
Jones volunteered to serve on many philanthropic and nonprofit boards, including most notably the United Way of Alaska, where he and his wife are members of the prestigious Toqueville Society. Jones also served as president of the Wolf Pack Club of Lake Louise and the Alaska Rush Soccer Club, where he served as treasurer. There were many other organizations through the years that Jones contributed his time and talents to, and they all benefited greatly from his involvement. He was honored with the prestigious “Top Forty before 40,” an honor awarded to the most outstanding young business people in Alaska.
Ron Jones passed away in 2009.