IMPERIAL SIR JACK H. JONES worked tirelessly over the past 37 years to support and serve the fraternity at the national level. He served Shriners International as Imperial Recorder for 36 years, Executive Vice President for five, Imperial Potentate for one, and received countless accolades and honors, including the Imperial Potentate’s Award of Merit, which is the highest honor in the fraternity. Jones was also known as one of the most dedicated and genuine people to work alongside – a reputation he has earned by leading the fraternity with grace and pride.
Imperial Sir Jack Jones was initially elected Imperial Recorder in 1979, and served in that position, or as Imperial Potentate, until his death.
During much of his time as Imperial Recorder, he also served as Director of Membership Development. Imperial Sir Jack Jones also served as Chairman of the Masonic Relations and DeMolay Committees during the majority of this time.
During his time as Imperial Potentate, Imperial Sir Jones focused on bringing people together, developing modern membership solutions and realizing and recognizing the fraternity’s global impact and its potential. Jones’ theme for the year was "Unity Wins." Imperial Sir Jack Jones did not permit this confinement to a wheelchair to confine his spirit or his travels. He was a frequent speaker at Masonic events throughout the world and was a well-known and well-respected Masonic leader.
While serving Shriners International, Jones also met many high-profile figures, including the Queen of England and President Ronald Reagan, who he had the privilege of personally making an honorary member of the fraternity. While serving as Imperial Potentate, Jones also had the pleasure of meeting the world’s oldest man and 113-year-old Shriner, Walter Breuning.
"Imperial Sir Jack Jones has been a fixture on the boards of Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children for decades," said Imperial Potentate Chris Smith. "With the passing of Jack Jones, all Masons and all Shriners have experienced a great loss. He was a truly great Shriner, an example to all."