Robert Owen Jones

Dec 2, 1951 - Sep 1, 2014


 Robert Owen Jones (Rob or RJ to family and friends) passed away due to unexpected complications with treatment for leukemia on Monday, September 1, 2014.  He was 62.

He was born in Oakland, California on December 2, 1951, to the late Lloyd and Kathryn Jones.  The Jones family moved to Sacramento in 1955.  Rob graduated from McClatchy High School in 1969 and received degrees from Sacramento City College in 1971 and CSU Sacramento in 1974.  At both SCC and CSUS, Rob was an All American swimmer and water polo player.  On April 2, 1977, he married Bette Scattini of Salinas, California.

Rob spent the majority of his career in education in the Sacramento City Unified School District.  He began his teaching career in 1977 at Sacramento High School as a PE and Social Science teacher.  In 1985, Rob obtained his masters in administration from Chapman College in order to fulfill his dream of becoming a principal.  His first job as an administrator was at John F. Kennedy High School in 1988.  From 2001-2003, Rob was instrumental in the planning and development of Rosemont High School, the first high school to open in SCUSD in over 35 years.  Rob spent his last years prior to retirement as Rosemont’s first principal.  Upon retirement, the district and staff honored him by dedicating and naming the sports complex after him.

Once retired, Rob was an avid golfer, loved to travel with his wife Bette, and spend quality time with his family and friends.

Rob is survived by his wife, Bette Jones; his children, Kacie (Graham) Owen and Steven Jones; two grandchildren; siblings, Nancy (Jim) O’Dell, Kenneth Jones, and Jeffry (Jennifer) Jones; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Kathryn Jones.

Services will be held on Saturday, September 20th at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church located at 1333 58th Street, Sacramento. Immediately following will be a reception at the Scottish Rite Center located at 6151 H Street. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either The Leukemia Lymphoma Society or in his name.



  • Kim and Sharon Weir says:

    I met Rob playing softball back in the 1970’s. He was so positive and optimistic, it was easy to like him. After losing touch for many years, I was very glad to see that he and Bette were members of Valley Hi CC when we joined a couple of years ago. He was still the same upbeat Rob, even when his golf game wasn’t. Sunday’s games are never going to be the same.

  • Ernest Shaffer says:

    My condolences to the family. Rob was a great coach and administrator, worked and coached with him for many years. He will be greatly missed.

  • kenneth taylor says:

    we will miss you Rob. the golf game will not be the same without you. Rest in peace

  • Kevin McBroom & Rita Shiiba says:

    Rob was my neighbor/friend in Elk Grove for many years. We were both members at Valley Hi, where we both tried our best to beat that silly white ball around the best we could, but never as good as we would have liked. Even though when I moved away I did not keep in contact as much as I should have, I shall cherish the memories and will miss him very much. Rest peacefully my friend–you were a class act.

  • Gerry & Jeanne Kirchofer says:

    Rob was such a great friend, we will miss his positive outlook on life along with his big smile

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