John Paul Jones was born on October 8, 1921 in Wills Point, Texas to Karl & Myrtle Jones. He died at his home in Boise on November 6, 2020. He was the youngest son of five siblings.
After graduating early from high school and college, he started teaching at Medicine Mound High School (TX). He was named principal of the school early in 1942 at the age of twenty.
He married Margaret Bellamy on April 25, 1942 – a marriage that lasted over 70 years. Shortly after the marriage started, he entered the US Army Air Corps – serving primarily in the India subcontinent as a cryptographer. He flew over the Himalaya mountains on supply missions to Chinese forces, visited the Taj Mahal, and developed a lifelong disdain of pineapples.
Returning to Texas after the war ended, he earned two masters degrees and was elected (at that time) the youngest county school superintendent in the state. He spent the majority of his teaching/school guidance counselor career in Wichita Falls, TX – retiring from the district in 1986. He was an amateur historian and meteorologist, an avid gardener, an accomplished baker (pecan pies with nuts from trees that he tended and all kinds of fruit cobblers), and an original (1960) and forever fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
He is survived by his daughter Melissa (Thomas) Couch of Meridian, his older sister (101 years of age) Marydell Outlaw of Boise, nephew Jerry Outlaw of Boise, and niece Marilyn (Outlaw) Allen also of Boise.
The family wants to express thanks to the Grace Assisted Living – Boise Englefield facility for excellent care the last five+ years. He will be interred at Dry Creek Cemetery (Boise) alongside his late wife Margaret.