Donald Lloyd Jones, Jr.
Donald Lloyd Jones, Jr., of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away on Oct. 31, 2020, following a battle with cancer.
Don was born in Berwyn, Illinois to Marlene (Chapman) Jones and Donald Lloyd Jones, Sr., on Nov. 21, 1957. He grew up mostly in Horton, Kansas, where he graduated high school.
From an early age, Don had a passion for helping people in need. After earning a master’s degree in psychology, he worked for Valeo Behavioral Health Care (then called Shawnee Co. Mental Health Center) in Topeka, Kansas, for 23 years. In this position, he counseled many people fighting against drug and alcohol addiction.
He moved to the Kansas City area after he met and fell in love with Pam Antonopoulos, whom he wed in 2006. Still working in mental health, Don earned his master’s degree in education in 2008 and taught college psychology courses at Johnson County Community College until his condition made it impossible. He loved using his wife, kids and grandkids as examples in his lectures.
During his final years, he also worked for KVC Behavioral Health as a well-respected psychologist evaluating and defending children in the foster care system.
Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, Don witnessed racial inequalities and injustices and was always very outspoken about history’s impact on today’s society. He believed strongly in standing up for justice and equality. He loved talking about history and could speak for hours about Abraham Lincoln, who was his inspiration.
Don was a huge KU basketball fan and loved the Chiefs and Royals as well. He even claimed to have been recruited by both professional teams, but the family has yet to verify these claims, as he was a bit of a jokester. His sense of humor resonated with everyone he met, and his spontaneous bursts of laughter made you want to make him laugh, too.
Don is survived by his wife, Pam Antonopoulos Jones, Overland Park; daughter Erin Shipps (Glenn), Overland Park; son Brad Jones (Sara), Overland Park; stepdaughters Amanda Pullen, Olathe, Kansas, and Christina Pullen, Kansas City, Kansas; grandchildren Liam Shipps, Lola Shipps, and Hannah Jones; and step-grandchild Jada Bridges. He is also survived by three siblings, Pam Lyon (Rich), Topeka, Kansas; Steven Jones (Lisa), Covington, Louisiana; and Allison Blodig (Jeff), Kansas City, Kansas; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Don loved family and being a dad and granddad more than anything. He was our counselor, our cheerleader, and our friend. His passing leaves a huge hole in all our hearts.
Due to COVID-19, a memorial service is not planned at this time.
If you would like to continue Don’s lifetime legacy of helping people, tax-deductible donations can be made in his name to KCV Behavioral Healthcare: www.kvc.org/donate or 21350 W. 153rd St., Olathe, KS 66061.