Former Lubbock State Rep. Delwin Jones dead at 94

Former Lubbock State Rep. Delwin Jones dead at 94

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A West Texas businessman, farmer, veteran and long-time lawmaker known to many as simply "Delwin" has died. Delwin Jones was 94.

Putting other political accomplishments aside, Jones helped file many fingernails. For decades he campaigned by handing out small emory boards featuring his name. The tchotchkes were left on desks like a business card.

Jones represented District 83, including Lubbock, Levelland, Seminole and surrounding communities. When Texas was solidly Democrat, Jones was elected to the Texas House as a member of the party in 1964. Pete Laney defeated him in the Democrat primary in 1972. Laney later became House Speaker.

Jones returned to the House in 1989, then as a Republican. He continued to represent Lubbock in the House until 2011. Current Lubbock State Senator Charles Perry won the Republican nomination for Jones' seat in 2010. Perry served in the House from 2011 to 2014. 

Through his political career Jones played important roles in the establishment of both the Texas Tech Medical and Law schools. Jones was an alumnus of Texas Tech.

Current District 83 Representative Dustin Burrows released this statement:

Delwin Jones was a true West Texan. As a Legislator, his commitment to his constituents in his District was extraordinary. Delwin was a remarkable public servant and decorated war veteran who worked hard to make Texas a better place to live and work. Elisabeth and I offer our condolences and prayers to Delwin's family.

Fellow Lubbock State Representative John Frullo released this statement:

It is with great sadness to learn of the passing of longtime Lubbock State Representative Delwin Jones. Delwin was a true West Texan and his contributions to Texas were many. Our prayers go out to the Jones family.

Current Lubbock State Senator Charles Perry released this statement: 

 I was saddened to hear about the passing of Delwin Jones today. Delwin spent a lifetime serving his community through military service and as a state representative. We will forever be grateful for his efforts to make Texas a better place to live, work and raise a family. My heart and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.

Jones suffered what he said at the time was a massive heart attack in August 2014, caused by a blocked major artery. He was then one of six candidates running in the State Senate District 28 special election, triggered by Robert Duncan's departure to become the Texas Tech System chancellor. Charles Perry won the race, Jones placed fourth. Current Lubbock U.S. Congressman Jodey Arrington placed second.

Jones' wife Reta passed in 2014 at age 90. She is credited with helping establish Lubbock's Habitat for Humanity. During World War II she worked at the Lubbock Army Airfield. They married shortly after Delwin's service in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

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