Jesse Jones (judoka)

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Jesse Lee Jones
BornNovember 13, 1936
DiedJuly 14, 2014(2014-07-14) (aged 77)
Rank9th Dan Judo

Jesse Jones was born on November 13, 1936, in Big Sandy, Texas.[1] He died on July 14, 2014.[2] He was the son of Hattie Chalk and Truman Jones.[1]


Jones was a former member of the United States Marine Corps.[3] He served from 1952 to 1973, having served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.[1] He earned two Purple Hearts during his tenure.[1]


Jones learned Judo while a member of the US Marines. He went on to teach Judo for over 55 years.[3] During this time, he implemented a number of Judo programs in the San Diego Area as well as Southwestern College.[3] He organized a number of tournaments at Southwestern College.[4] Jones served as the Southwest Judo Association Yudankashi's first vice president.[5] Jones was also a President of the United States Judo Association.[3] It was during this tenure that he brought the organization back from almost closing due to bankruptcy.[3] He won the United States Judo Association's Coach of the Year Award in 2013.[3] He served as a technical advisor during the US Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984 and Atlanta in 1996.[1] Jones also earned the United States Judo Associations USJA Lifetime Achievement Award.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Jones married Joan Seidel and had two children, Andrea Lee and Nicole Suzanne.[1] Jones earned his MBA from San Diego State.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Jesse Jones Obituary - Murrieta, California" Archived 2015-02-16 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 16 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Jesse Jones In Memory Of". Team USA. Retrieved on 16 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Former USJA President Jesse Jones Passes Away". United States Judo Association. Retrieved on 16 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Black Belt". Retrieved on 16 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Black Belt". Retrieved on 16 February 2015.