Jones will become one of 33 inductees into the Dixie State Athletic Hall of Fame.
In announcing the honor, the school recently wrote, “Jones will go down in the annals of Dixie’s storied history as one of the greatest athletes ever to compete at the institution. Jones was a four-sport letter winner in football, basketball, baseball and track and field in his two years in St. George.
“He helped lead the Rebels to a 9-1 record on the gridiron in 1962 under legendary Dixie Hall of Fame Coach Sark Arslanian.
“Jones then turned around and served as team co-captain on Dixie’s 1963 Intermountain Collegiate Athletic Conference (ICAC) men’s basketball championship winning team for Dixie Hall of Fame Coach Doug Allred, and earned all-ICAC in both sports.
“Then for good measure he was the Rebels’ starting left fielder and top hitter on the Dixie College baseball team, and threw the javelin and competed in the high jump on the track team.
“For all his efforts, Jones was named the 1963 Dixie College Athlete of the Year.”
Jones got his start in athletics at San Juan High School, where he starred on the football and basketball teams. He helped lead the Broncos to their first ever state championship football game against the Millard Eagles in the fall of 1960, on their way to a 9-3 record.
Back in the days of only two divisions for football in Utah, A and B, Coach Morris Swenson and the Broncos beat American Fork in the quarterfinals, 24-20, and Cedar City in the semi-finals, 38-28, to earn their first trip to the state finals.
Their opponent, the Eagles of Millard, were in their eight state championship game in the previous 11 years, winning five times and were the heavy favorites to win again.
And though Jones scored a touchdown, the Eagles still prevailed 47-19. San Juan’s first touchdown came on the first play of the game when Jones caught a pass from quarterback, Johnny Nielson, and then lateraled the ball to Jay Redd, who ran 63 yards to paydirt to give the Broncos the early lead. But the Eagles regrouped and lead 28-7 at halftime.
Jones hooked up again with Nielson on a nine-yard TD pass early in the second half to close the score to 28-13, but the Broncos could get no closer.
For his efforts, Jones was named first team all-state at tight end, along with teammate Nicky Black, who was named as a fullback. Jones also received the Thom McAn trophy as the outstanding football athlete in Class B football.
After high school, he was offered many scholarships to play in college and chose Dixie Junior College where, as mentioned, he played four sports, winning first team all-conference honors in football and basketball and Dixie College athlete of the year.
He turned down scholarship offers to play basketball at Utah State and Colorado State to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
After his mission, he went to Southern California for employment where he began playing basketball for his Baldwin Park Ward church basketball team, leading his team to the championship game of the famously gigantic All-Church Basketball Tournament two years in a row.
His team lost the first year, though Jones was named MVP, but won the second year when he scored 47 points and was named tournament MVP again, a game SportShorts watched on TV.
Since those days, Jones has spent most of his life helping kids. He returned to San Juan in the early 1970’s to coach basketball at San Juan High School, where he was also the boys cross country and golf coach, along with assisting in football.
In 1972, his cross-country team won a first-ever state XC championship for San Juan High, defeating the highly favored Intermountain Indian School. Intermountain had won the previous year and went on to win the next two years as well.
His basketball team qualified for the state tournament in his third year as coach as well and he organized the first golf team at San Juan High also, playing up on the Third Reservoir course.
Jones is presently serving a mission in St. George, Utah with is wife, Marilyn. He met Marilyn while in California, taking her to the All-Church Basketball tournament for their honeymoon.
“I have been paying for that for the rest of my life,” he smiles now.
They are the parents of five children, Tom, David, Jennifer, John and Jana, with 20 grandchildren and expecting their first great grandchild in February.
Corry Jones in the Dixie State Athletic Hall of Fame. Congratulations Coach!