Curtis Jones Jr., an associate athletics director at West Virginia and older brother of former Missouri quarterback Corby Jones, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning from what his brother said was a heart-related issue.
The Kansas City Star
“Curtis was one of the most amazing men that I’ve ever known, a much better man than I,” said Corby Jones, an attorney with Spencer Fane Britt & Browne in Kansas City and a television analyst.
It was a sad echo of another family tragedy. Curtis Jones Sr., then a 55-year-old MU assistant coach, died after suffering a heart attack in 1998, just before Corby’s senior year at Missouri.
The upbeat and engaging Curtis Jones Jr., 40, was a 1995 graduate of Dartmouth, where he played baseball. He received a master’s degree in journalism from Mizzou in 1998.
He embarked on his career path soon after, serving as director of football operations at MU in 1999-2000. Most recently, he was an assistant A.D. at Texas before arriving in Morgantown a year ago.
“Curtis Jones was a close friend, a role model to our players and a true professional,” West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen said in a statement. “His loss will be felt by all of us in many ways.”
In addition to his brother, Jones is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen, the director of sports administration at West Virginia, his mother, Gwen and sister, Kirra.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Curtis Jones Jr. Memorial Fund, care of Spencer Fane Britt & Browne, 1000 Walnut, Suite 1400, Kansas City, Mo. 64106.
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