Frank Jones Obituary, Death – Frank L. Jones, Jr. passed away at his Louisville, Kentucky, home on Thursday, August 10th, 2023. Frank’s first wife, Gloria Goodman Jones, and his parents, Frank L. Jones, Sr. and Ann Epperson Jones, had already passed away. His wife, Nancy Delony-Jones, his brother Morris Jones, his son Dale Romans, his nephews Steve Baldwin (Becky), Michael Garland (Jamie), Tim Garland (Stephanie), and Jonathan Jones, his niece Renee Garland, and everyone who worked at Recreonics will miss him dearly.
Frank attended Western Kentucky University before enlisting in the United States Air Force, where he was able to see the world and hone the rudimentary medical talents he still found rewarding. After returning to Louisville, Frank refined his sales abilities in the insurance industry and then invested with friends in the Bargain Mart newspaper, which they later sold and used to launch Recreonics, Inc.Frank Jones is the former president of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners, the 1994 and 1996 KTO Claimer of the Year, and the 2001 KTO Owner of the Year.
He was also the top owner at the spring meets at Churchill Downs in 1989, 1990, 1992, and 1995, as well as the top earner of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund at Turfway in 1993, 1994, and 1996. Frank received the Warner Jones Award, given annually to those who have made significant contributions to the sport of horse racing in Kentucky, in 2019. Frank was appointed to the Kentucky Racing Commission in 1997 and has since served two terms as Vice Chairman. He is presently serving his third term in this position. He was the Vice President of the Kentucky Horseback Riders Association and the Chairman of Horseman’s Contracts.
Frank belonged to the American Horse Council, the TOBA, the KTA, and the KHBPA. Highlight of his career came in November of 2009 when his homebred filly, Tapitsfly, owned alongside lifelong friend Frank Shoop and Nancy Delony, won the Juvenile Breeders Cup for 2 year old fillies. His contributions to the horse racing industry will be sorely missed, but he has left an impressive legacy. Funeral services will be performed on Tuesday, August 15th, 2023, at 3:00 PM, also at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, 40205, while visitation will be held on Monday, August 14th, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.