William "Bill" Leroy Jones (Eagle)

Born: Mon., Jul. 27, 0933
Died: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017



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William (“Bill”) Jones was born in Idaho Springs, Colo. on his parent’s kitchen table on July 27, 1933.  He grew up in Idaho Springs and graduated from Idaho Springs High School in 1951.  As a young man, Bill earned his Eagle Scout.  He worked for the Forest Service and Loveland Ski area. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated from CU Law School in 1957.  He was drafted and served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) office in Washington DC and San Antonio, Tex. until 1961.  He returned to Idaho Springs, worked for the District Attorney’s office for a short time, and then established a private law practice. He served as the town attorney for Georgetown and helped to establish the National Historic Districts for both Georgetown and Idaho Springs.  He and his sister, Chee Chee Bell, helped establish the Idaho Springs Historical Society.

  Bill practiced law until 1976, when he was appointed to the 5th Judicial District Court bench.  He and his family moved to Eagle in 1977.  In addition to serving as District Court Judge, Bill served as the Chief Judge from 1980 to 1994.  He retired from the bench in 1996.  During his time as Chief Judge, he was instrumental in getting new justice centers built in Eagle and Summit Counties.  He was a member of the Colorado Bar Association and Continental Divide Bar association for more than 50 years.  

  Bill was active in the community, and was a member of the BPOE #607 Elks Club, the Masonic Lodge #26 and the El Jebel Shrine in Idaho Springs.  He served 45 years as a volunteer firefighter in both Idaho Springs and Eagle.  He volunteered with the Idaho Springs Fire Department for many years and was Fire Chief from 1974-1976.  From 1978 until his retirement in 1992, he served in many capacities; from firefighter, interim Chief and board member with the Eagle Volunteer Fire Department.  

  Bill enjoyed many outdoor activities throughout his life, including skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, and hunting.  He was a big Bronco fan, and enjoyed attending the games for many years, and then watching them on television.  He liked to work on cars, and rebuilt his father’s Packard.  He built a cabin in the town of Fulford and enjoyed many days there.  Throughout his life, he was involved in numerous community activities and had many good friends.

  He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret, and daughter Cynthia, both of Eagle; and son Bradley and daughter-in-law Dominique, two granddaughters, Shayden and Taelia Jones of Gypsum; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his four siblings, Robert Jones, Warren Jones, Marjorie (Chee Chee) Bell, and Marilyn Orr.  

  In lieu of flowers, please contribute to one of the following in his name:  Idaho Springs Historical Society, PO Box 1318 Idaho Springs Colo. 80452 or Eagle Firefighters Association, PO Box 961 Eagle Colo. 81631.   At his request, no formal services will be held.

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Michael Goodbee
   Posted Thu January 25, 2018
It was a blessing to know Judge Jones and more importantly to learn from him. I was so very fortunate to have practiced before him as a young attorney. Every day was a new lesson with him. Sometimes a hard lesson, other times gracious, but always well intended and always worthwhile. Godspeed Judge- Will toast one to you.

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