Utah political polling icon Dan Jones dies
SALT LAKE CITY — Longtime Utah political analyst and pollster Dan Jones has died at the age of 84
Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office announced Jones’ death in a tweet on Friday afternoon.
Hatch on the passing of his friend Dan Jones:
“Dan was a remarkable man who had a profound impact on Utah’s political landscape. But most importantly, he was a great friend. Elaine and I will miss him dearly. My prayers are with Pat and the Jones family at this difficult time.” pic.twitter.com/sfXNvSBsBX
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) November 2, 2018
Jones spent decades taking the pulse of Utahns on a range of political and social issues. He was the co-founder and past CEO of the polling firm Dan Jones and Associates.
Tributes to Jones poured in from prominent figures and organizations throughout the afternoon.
We will miss you, Dan. pic.twitter.com/jLgcPdRT57
— Gov. Gary Herbert (@GovHerbert) November 2, 2018
“Dan did polling for everyone – Republicans, Democrats, the media.
And they all believed him.
— Sutherland Institute (@SutherlandInst) November 2, 2018
Dan Jones lived a life of public service. He helped politicians & the public understand the nuances of our most pressing issues. He also was a gifted teacher who influenced countless students. On behalf of the U, I offer condolences to his wife Pat & their family on his passing. pic.twitter.com/92jwYSicnp
— Ruth V. Watkins (@RuthVWatkins) November 2, 2018
Republican Utah senate candidate Mitt Romney issued a statement calling Jones a “political institution” who kept the political system on a straight an honest path.
Salt Lake Chamber president and CEO Derek Miller praised Jones as a mentor and friend.
“I could call on him anytime and I left every interaction with increased knowledge and ability to make sound decisions,” Miller said.
The Cicero Group acquired Dan Jones and Associates in 2010. Jones and his wife, Patricia, then became senior advisors who remained actively involved in the firm’s polling efforts.
“He had a quick wit and an even bigger heart,” Cicero Group founder and Chairman Randy Shumway said in a statement. “He cared immensely about others. I have admired him enormously in a professional setting, but it is his friendship and personal mentoring that I will miss the most.”
Jones received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Utah. He taught at both Utah State University and the University of Utah until 2013, when he retired from teaching. He was also a past associate director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the U.
Jones is survived by his wife Patricia Jones, who is a past member of the Utah Legislature and the current CEO of the Women’s Leadership Institute, as well as 7 children and 16 grandchildren.
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