During his 25-year career with the U.S. Secret Service, John Paul Jones protected four presidents — Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon. He guarded both world leaders and presidential families. In 1960, he even drove First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy to the hospital so she could give birth to her son, John Jr.
An Eagle Scout, Jones served in Korea with the U.S. Army. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kent State University and a master’s in public administration from the University of New Mexico. Jones became an agent in 1955, and handled assignments out of St. Louis, Washington, San Antonio, Austin and Louisville. He was working in New Mexico in 1963 when JFK was assassinated.
Jones, who later served as the head of the Albuquerque bureau before retiring in 1979, died on March 3 from pancreatic cancer. He was 75.