Eric Lynn Jones         18 January 2015

JONES, Eric Lynn 1935-2015  Eric Jones,  of  Austin, Texas,
passed away January 18, 2015, while surrounded with love by
his family and a few close friends.  Eric  was  born to the
late Grover and Laura Jones April 4, 1935, in Lacy Lakeview,
a small community just outside of  Waco, Texas.  He grew up
there along with brother Grover  Jones, and  sisters  Laura
Dobbs, and Neva Haslbauer (deceased).  Upon  finishing high
school,  Eric attended the University of Texas  at  Austin,
where  he  earned  his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

During this time Eric married his first wife, Barbara Gayle White, and
had two boys, Steven and Derek Jones. On August 1,1981, he was married
to  Joye  McGrede  Bergstrom, who  brought  Eric's  third  son,  Lance
Bergstrom to the  marriage.  Eric's  business  career  was  broad  and

He spent 25 years at Texas Instruments, beginning as  an  engineer  in
1959 and rising to the ranks of corporate Vice President and President
of  TI's  Data  Systems  Group, before leaving TI in 1985 for a second
career in venture capital.

Eric's  engineering background, management ability, and people/leader-
ship skills served him well in partnership roles with venture  capital
firms including Sevin Rosen Funds,  Memphis-based SSM Ventures, Verity
Ventures and CenterPoint Ventures.  Eric routinely served as an active
chairman, providing guidance in strategic  and  operational  decisions,
recruitment of senior  management  teams, partnerships  and  financing.
Eric  and  his  teams shared in the success and development of various
companies  to  include  Tobin  Data  Graphics/GITI,  VTEL  Corporation,
Tivoli  Systems,  Inc., Active  Power,  Motive  Communications,  Dazel
Corporation, NetBotz, Fuego, 360 Commerce and Integral  Wave  Technol-
ogies.  Eric was recognized as the  Ernst & Young Entrepreneur  of The
Year in 2006, as a  Supporter of Entrepreneurship, and in 2008 was the
recipient of the University of Texas Mechanical Engineering Academy of
Distinguished Alumni Mechanical Engineering Hall of Fame award.

In spite of all of his successes and accomplishments, those  who  knew
Eric  will  agree that his most admirable quality was as an all-around,
ego-free, good guy.  Friends  and  family  came  first, including  his
precious dog Shasta, with whom he is now reunited.  He loved fast cars,
and traveling, especially if that travel meant a trip to an  Indy  Car
race!  He was also a fan and staunch supporter of UT and SMU athletics.
Eric  is  survived  by  his wife Joye Jones, and three children: Steve
Jones of Georgetown, Texas, with his  wife  April  and  granddaughters
Lauren and Meagan; Derek Jones of Cedar Park, Texas, and granddaughter
Katrina and grandson Benjamin; and Lance Bergstrom with  Catie  Brooks
of  Allen,  Texas.  During  the  past year, he was also blessed by the
presence of three wonderful caregivers -  Ariana  Sanchez,  Joan  Gray,
and Aydee Martinez, who are now a part of the  Jones  family.  In lieu
of  flowers, the  family  is  requesting  that  donations  be  made to
Bethany United Methodist Church or The University of Texas  at  Austin
School  of Mechanical Engineering.  A memorial service will be held at
2:00 p.m. on Monday,  January 26, 2015  at  Bethany  United  Methodist
Church, 10010  Anderson  Mill Road in Austin, Texas.  Arrangements  by
Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis - (512) 263-1511.

Obituary and guestbook available online at: http://tributes.com/Eric-Jones

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