FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CICERO GROUP MOURNS PASSING OF DAN E. JONES, Ph.D.
November 2, 2018 (SALT LAKE CITY) – Cicero Group mourns the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Dan E. Jones. As the founder of Dan Jones & Associates (DJA), Dan had an immense impact on Utah politics and helped to inform the opinions of countless colleagues, students and residents. Through fast wit and a tremendous work ethic, Dan helped form the success of many of Utah’s political leaders.
STATEMENT FROM CICERO GROUP FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, RANDY SHUMWAY:
Many in our state know Dan by reputation. But we at Cicero had the privilege of working side-by-side with this great man on a daily basis for many years. He had a quick wit and an even bigger heart. 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. He was a dear friend to me; a man I love immensely.
There were so many fun stories those of us who worked closely around him and I’ll remember fondly. For example, I remember him coming into my office one day and apologizing for being late to work. He was 82 years old at the time. I didn’t know how to respond. I just wanted to hug him. He was so committed to the data and the public servants with whom he worked. We will honor his legacy by being just as committed. And we’ll be sure to be to work on time!
In 1959, Dan conducted his first survey and never looked back. Dan began teaching at the university level in 1968 and influenced thousands of students at Utah State and the University of Utah until he retired from teaching in 2013. Incorporated in 1980, Dan Jones & Associates grew into a full-service research company and became the leading market research and public opinion company in Utah. In 2010, Cicero Group acquired DJA and continued to grow with the leadership of both Dan and his wife Pat Jones as senior advisors. Dan continued to play a key role in day-to-day polling activities of DJA—mentoring the new polling and research leaders—right up to his passing.
STATEMENT FROM CICERO GROUP CEO, DR. TRENT KAUFMAN:
I have absolutely loved every day I’ve been able to work with Dan over the last decade. He brought passion to his work in his eighties that his younger colleagues couldn’t match. His passion led to some of the most accurate and important research in Utah and beyond. We will continue the research work in his absence and hope to continue to meet the incredibly high standards he set.
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ABOUT CICERO GROUP:
Founded in 2001, Cicero Group is a leading management consulting firm focused on implementing data-driven strategy. With offices in Salt Lake City, Utah and Dallas, Texas, Cicero Group’s clients include Fortune 1000 companies, nonprofits, social impact organizations, state and federal government agencies and educational institutions. For nearly two decades, Cicero has created value for clients by helping them solve unique problems.