Candlelight Memorial Honoring President Dan Jones’s Legacy

May 02, 2016 2 Comments by
Candlelight Memorial Honoring President Dan Jones’s Legacy

My dear students, staff, faculty and fellow members of the administration of Texas A&M University-Commerce:

With broken hearts for the past several days, we have individually mourned the irreparable loss of our president, Dan R. Jones, and I now call each and all of you to join us as we, members of the Lion family, gather to celebrate his life, accomplishments, example and legacy.

A candlelight memorial for our university family, including students, faculty and staff, and administration will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 2, in the University Field House. On this day of extraordinarily unprecedented circumstances, classes in all our locations will be cancelled after 4 p.m. this afternoon.

A dedication will be held on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus at a later date.

As president, Dr. Jones impacted many beyond the university; however, due to allotted space, the candlelight memorial will be limited to students, faculty and staff of the university from all locations. An overflow room will be available to community members and visitors in The Club located on the first floor of the Rayburn Student Center. Parking and shuttle service will be available in Parking Lot 35 behind the science building, adjacent to Gee Lake.

Jalinna, Aislinn, Allyson and their family thank you for your prayers and expressions of sympathy and love. They ask that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Jalinna and Dan Jones Scholarship Endowment to honor the legacy of his love and dedication to students at our university.

Have no doubt that the sun will soon shine again on Texas A&M University-Commerce and that our dampened spirits will be renewed and reenergized as we, as a unified community, continue to carry on Dr. Jones’ legacy to levels of higher student and alumni success, faculty and staff accomplishments, outstanding athletic achievements, and greater prominence for our university.

With my sincere affection and appreciation for all of you, I look forward to seeing you at the Field House this afternoon.


Dr. Adolfo Benavides | Provost and Vice President
Academic Affairs


  • A limited supply of flameless candles and glow sticks will be available on a first-come basis. Attendees are invited to download a candle app on their smartphones.
  • Donations to the Jalinna and Dan Jones Scholarship Endowment can be addressed and mailed to: A&M-Commerce Foundation, P.O. Box 3425, Commerce, TX 75429, or processed online at
  • For those who cannot attend, you may join the candlelight memorial via live stream on Periscope @TAMUC.
  • The event will also stream on YouTube at the following link:



2 Responses to “Candlelight Memorial Honoring President Dan Jones’s Legacy”

  1. Jennette James Bennett says:

    I was so happy to be able to watch the Candlelight Service right here at my computer! Even though we never met, it is clear that this man had a heart as big as Texas, or bigger! So many people don’t respect and admire and love a person this much without that person being the same all the time, a role model, someone they trusted, someone who made them feel loved when in their presence. Dan, I regret our paths never crossed on this side. Rest in peace, you surely worked tirelessly while here to leave those who touched your life a better life for them. Amen!

  2. Linus L Spiller says:

    I just learned of Dr. Jones’ transition to “Infinity.” My heart is deeply saddened. What a beautiful and wonderful spirit Dan was. My continued prayers for his family during this time and beyond…

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