August 21, 2013
Memoriam: Idaho Lottery Commission Chairman and Business Entrepreneur Roger
BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Lottery lost its
longest tenured Commissioner yesterday when Roger Jones passed away at his home
in the vineyards of Carmela Winery in Glenns Ferry,
Idaho. He was 75. Roger served on the Idaho Lottery Commission
since March of 1995 and had been Chairman since November of 2003.
“I have lost a friend, the Idaho Lottery has lost one of its
strongest advocates, and Idaho has lost a unique personal treasure with the
passing of Roger Jones,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “His
leadership was exemplary and he was the embodiment of the true Idaho pioneering
Roger Jones was a true innovator in Idaho, and one of the
State’s original potato barons, as he advanced the technology for dried
potato-flake processing. He eventually
worked with Proctor & Gamble to create Pringles Potato Chips. In recent years, Roger was the proprietor of
Carmela Vineyards and Winery in Glenns Ferry. A
graduate of the University of Idaho, Roger was one of the school’s most
dedicated Vandal supporters.
“’One of a kind’ is a term that is used too often these days
but in Roger´s case it fits,” said fellow Idaho Lottery Commissioner David
Keyes of Sandpoint, Idaho. “Idaho lost one of its biggest boosters yesterday.
He was all about Idaho and talked about Idaho to anyone who would listen. He
made friends faster than anyone I have known. Roger never missed a chance to
strike up a conversation and nearly every conversation turned into something to
do with his home state, potatoes, the Idaho Lottery, wine, or his beloved
During his tenure as an Idaho Lottery Commissioner and later
as Chairman, Roger watched the Lottery grow from its infancy and helped nurture
its development into full maturity. In
1995, Idaho Lottery sales were $87.9 million with a dividend of $19 million
returned to Idahoans. Just a month ago,
Jones and the Idaho Lottery Commission returned a dividend of $48.2 million on
the strength of $197.6 million in sales.
During his time on the Commission, Roger led a group that returned over
$522 million in Lottery dividends to the people of Idaho for the benefit of
public schools and the State of Idaho’s Permanent Building Fund.
“Roger was a good and decent man, a business leader, a
community leader, and a dedicated public servant,” said Idaho Lottery
Commissioner Mel Fisher of Boise. “He put in the time and effort to make
enterprises successful. He was inclusive in his processes and always made
everyone feel welcomed wherever he was.
He will be sorely missed by me, the Idaho Lottery and Idaho.”
can´t express the character of Roger Jones. There has been no
better face or representative of the Idaho Lottery than Roger,” said
Commissioner Jim Rehder of Cottonwood. “I have known
Roger for almost two years and it seems like I have known him forever. He
was a fine gentleman, businessman, and a great chairman of the Idaho
Lottery. I share with many in our state and around the globe, the
grief of Roger´s sudden passing.”
“Roger was a wealth of knowledge not just about the Lottery,
but about Idaho as a whole,” said Commissioner Craig Corbett of Grace. “He was
invaluable not just to the Lottery, but to the entire State. His quality and character is not something
Services for Roger Jones will be held:
Monday, August 26, 2013
605 H Street
Gathering to follow the same day at:
1289 West Madison
Glenns Ferry, Idaho
PHOTO OF ROGER JONES IS AVAILABLE.
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