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March 24, 2013

Jones named to WR Commission

CLAREMORE — Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed Ted Jones, retired longtime Rogers County businessman and civic leader, to the Will Rogers Memorial Commission.  He replaces Cara Cowan-Watts, who was appointed in 2008. Senate confirmation is required.

“I look forward with excitement to serving on the Commission,” Jones said. He said he has long had ambitions that Claremore be a destination town with the Will Rogers Memorial Museum as centerpiece.

Jones owned and operated Green Country Oil and Gas, headquarted in Chelsea. He sold the business and retired in 2004.

He was president of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Claremore Chamber of Commerce, Claremore Regional Hospital and Rogers State University Foundation. He was president, director and 38-year member of the Lions Club. He was a member of the Oklahoma Lions Club delegation that went to Barrow, Alaska, in 1982 to dedicate the Lions Memorial to Will Rogers and Wiley Post.

Jones was a longtime leader of the Oologah Booster Club and most recently a member of the Committee of 12, which promoted and oversaw the sales tax election to build the soon to be opened Rogers County Courthouse.

He served a term on the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

Since retiring, Jones has moved to Monkey Island, where he says he is ready to drop his fishing line in the water any time.

He has visited the Museum many times with his children and grandchildren.

A visit to the Museum was a regular stop for Jones and his late wife, Corky, with the children of Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dakota and Dixie Jones Wood, when they came home during Wood's career in the U.S. Marines. “They still like the Memorial,” he said, of the Wood children, now teens and living in Camp LeJeune, N.C.

A son, Jeff and his wife, Shirley, and son, live in Kona, Hawaii. Jeff is a scuba diving instructor.    

A new group of Will Rogers Memorial Childrens Museum fans is in the wings.  Former Oklahoma State Rep. Tad Jones and his wife, Sammi, have three sons and another on the way. They live in Grove, where the former legislator is executive director of the Grand Lake Association.

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