Mark Jones

mark jones

January 26, 1965 ~ August 11, 2020

Mark Anthony Jones (lovingly called Tony by family) passed away at home of sudden cardiac death on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.  Mark was born on January 26, 1965, at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Mark attended school in Little Rock, Arkansas from Kindergarten thru 9th grade. When his family relocated to Milwaukee before the school year was over in 1980, he stayed with his uncle, William, and his family to finish out the school year with his football and track teams.   In the Fall of 1980, Mark enrolled at Harold S. Vincent HS and right away joined the football team.  While a student at Vincent, Mark was a standout tight end, winning team titles - All-Conference & All-State.   Mark graduated from Vincent HS on June 9, 1983. In the Fall of 1983, he entered UW-La Crosse as a freshman football player on his way to reach his greatest dream, that of becoming a football Pro.  He was at UW-La Crosse for 2 years before he transferred to Valley City State University in North Dakota for several semesters before returning to Wisconsin and enrolling in UW-Eau Claire for a year.   Mark was only 12 credits away from a degree in Physical Education when he gave it up to live his life for his kids.  Mark finally got the opportunity to use his football skills when he tried out for the Dallas Cowboys.  Unaware that he’d already been chosen by the scouts, in a blitz to showcase his skills he tripped, twisted and broke his ankle, ending his professional career before it started.  Needless to say, he was devastated!     Following his tryout with the Cowboys, Mark began working security for the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center. He also joined and played for the semi-professional football team, Express. Prior to becoming a coach at his high school alma mater, Mark was hired by MPS as a Paraprofessional and a School Safety Assistant. In 1993, he began his coaching career at Vincent.  He coached football, track and wrestling. During his time as a coach, his team won football championship titles in 2001, 2003 and 2005. In 2002 and 2004, his team placed in 2nd.   In 2012, while at Riverside, his Girls Track & Field team won the championship title.   In 2006, Mark joined Snack Shop M.C. and became best friends with Emmett Mallory, Big Rose & Tonya Edwards. At the time of his death Mark was employed by the MPS’ Lincoln Elementary School.  Mark will be sorely missed by his mother, Iva Croston: sister, Alicia Croston; brother, Miguel Jones; aunts, Joyce Marks (Leroy), Florence Greer and Gladys Lusk; uncles, Thester and William Louden; Milwaukee family, Kathleen and Thomas Robinson; adopted sister, Adrienne Lathan; many cousins, adopted children, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and a multitude of great friends.  He is also survived by a group of former student athletes that he referred to as his juniors: James Wright and Marques Johnson (both coached with him at Vincent), Dominique Johnson (coached with him at Riverside), Chris Govan, LaShawn Bullock, Drey Norwood, Tyrone Rhone, Calvin Wallace, Demetrius Brown, Greg Bracey and Carmelo Velazquez. Now that Mark is with his great-grandmother Carrie, grandmother Magnolia, and Aunt Marve Leen, he is loved both here on Earth and also in Heaven. Mark affected a lot of people during his lifetime, from his own family to friends, co-workers to countless students and many others from all walks of life.  “Those who knew Mark, even just a little, lost a light in their lives.” Memorial Services will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020 @ 4:00 PM CDT, Vincent HS Stadium
7501 N. Granville Road, Milwaukee, WI 53224 Please bring 1 gold or burgundy balloon for the Balloon Release following the Memorial. Everyone attending the memorial in person is required to wear a mask.

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  1. Coach Jones will be missed greatly and remembered in the best ways!!!!! I have so many fond memories of him. RIP my friend!!!

  2. Test in heaven Mark Jones. You always been positive and a great influence to everyone you crossed paths with. We have just ran into to each other, swamped numbers, and talked about the plans you had for the youth in sports. You will never be forgotten big bro!

  3. Still in disbelief. Driving by you place and seeing the car is my daily routine. You don’t have a clue how much life is different without you. Our daily talks are over…God help us. Love and Miss you so much.. Heart broke. You were/are a freaking amazing man.

  4. What a loss! I have brought my teaching majors to Lincoln Avenue from Platteville for the last four years. My ‘country mice’ always felt a bit out of sorts on the first day in the ‘big city’ but Mr. Jones was always there, serving as the friendly face, ready with a big hug and a bigger laugh to welcome us each day and send us home each night. What a loss not only to the Lincoln family but to all who knew him. Happy Trails and much love Mr. Jones!


  6. Mark was like my big bro at Vincent. Down to earth, cool and could make you smile and laugh at the drop of a dime. My memories are all good and precious. Our class was very tight at Vincent, we set the standard. What a blessing Mark has been to so many. Rest in paradise big bro❤

  7. Mr. Jones was our amazing safety at Lincoln Avenue School. We loved him very much and are missing him already. May he rest on glory and may his family find comfort in knowing he was a great positive influence to our staff, students and parents.

  8. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and love ones. Coach Jones I use to play football. He always cared about us and wanted us to be successful in life. His sense of humor and laughter will always be remembered and appreciated. I still can’t believe that you are now with Big Griff. Both were taken way to soon from all of us. This isn’t goodbye but until we meet again. Much Love , Troy S. (95)

  9. I’ve known Coach Jones for four years in high school I love you coach Jones for being a positive spot in my life RIP my prayers go out to his family

  10. Yooo Bruh, prating for you as you transition home. You’ve touched a lot of lives, and I guess God said your job is done. Thanks for looking out when I came to Mikwaukee, I will never forget that. Rest easy and enjoy your time at home. You will be missed down here. 🙏🏿💪🏿💯 R.I.P.

  11. Coach Jones you will truly be missed. I know you touched so many lives including mine. When I was in high school make some dumb choices, you always pulled me to the side and got me together in a firm, but loving way. You saved me a few times and never busted me for roaming the halls.. I would just simply hear you say, “Grant get to class, before I tell Griff” (R.I.P) Coach Griffin. Well you flying high now coach, tell Griff I’m doing alright when you see him. Rest In Peace Coach Jones. Gone but will NEVER be forgotten 😘💯❤️ V-House’96 Aisha Grant

  12. Mark you will be greatly missed and forever in my heart. Rest peacefully my friend you were the big brother I could talk to about anything. I will truly miss our talks and all your advice. Listening to old good music and scratching off lotto tickets. Lincoln Ave. will miss you so much. 💔😢🕊 Love you. RIP Tammie Ashford

  13. Well what can I say your spirit here on earth is truly missed you hurt us bad with this one.. Will always remember you hollering at me at vhouse in the hallways never will forget Your fatherly ways you helped everyone no matter who it was just know you ARE GREATLY LOVED AND MISSED

  14. I’ve known Mark for years and have nothing but positive memories-he was just “good people.” Kind hearted and fun to be around. RIP Mark.

  15. Thank you Mr. Jones for being in my life. You were a great figure to me and many others of the Vikings family. I miss you and I will always carry your name and legacy with me. Love ,Terrance Vincent High School Alumni C/O “08”

  16. You were hands down one of my favorite coaches you pushed me in track like no other and always made me believe I could do better I appreciate you I’m so many ways rest peacefully coach

  17. Was great to always seeing him on the motorcycle scene, it was a privilege for me and my husband to have met such a great guy, condolences.

  18. Mark – You will truly be missed. Working with you was a learning experience. Your calm spirit and wisdom defined your character. Rest in peace my brother. Ben Duke

  19. We had so much Joy being together, so many Pricless memories ❤Mike, George , Rob, ozz hanging out back in the Days, R.I.P my friend

  20. Mark you were a Groomsman in my wedding you stood tall very proud of your football brother Jerome aka Rookie one thing for sure I know you & Rookie can now reminisce of y’all football games. You were a cool man that loved the youth & football you will be missed

  21. Dear Iva, AKA: 76 You and your son, Mark, have great family resemblance. We can think of you and hold you, but we look different. The love of a natural family is an eminence tangle of light, dark, joy, pain, kindnesses and regrets. May we wish, and pray, you have a heavy load of the positive attributes! We can be there or here for you. We can think and say good intentions – Please believe, that we will do and will be, there for you! Your friend, Phyllis, AKA: 69

  22. Enjoy your eternal life. You will be greatly missed. The care and respect you showed me will always be remembered 🖤💙

  23. Rest in Heaven Mark. I’ve known Mark for over 25 years and he was always such a kind gentleman. Thanks for having such an positive impact on our youth🙏🏽

  24. A professional who served in many roles. He coached people about living a good life. He will be missed but not forgotten.

  25. Much love and respect. I loved n enjoyed the times together at Riverside n our Arkansas talks. You will be truly missed. My prayers are going up now for the family.

  26. From the hallways, the football field an track at Vincent you were always a good person and when I returned home you were still the same person. I’m glad I had the opportunity to call you my friend. Rest easy Mark (X-man) Jones. ✊🏾

  27. My dearest Iva, I´m so sorry for your lost. My heart hugs you always. May God gives you and to your family all the peace in your heart.

  28. Ride in peace brother…. definitely had some good times, peace to the family as well. 1 love Bonafied Outcast Wisconsin

  29. Stayed on me at Vincent to ensure I succeeded. Great Mentor, Coach and Friend. You Will Truly Be Missed Mr. Mark (Coach Jones)

  30. Prayers Continue To Flow For The Family Of Mark “X Man” Jones One Cool Brother, Ride In Heaven, Deuce Rider MC’s Milwaukee

  31. To the family of Mark Jones my condolences thoughts and prayers Mark was a great friend of mine we share many many times together had some very interesting talks together he was older than me but I still looked at him as my mentor kind of funny he was a really good man will truly be missed

  32. It truly saddened me to hear of Mark’s passing. I worked with Mark at the Ham House, although it was a short time he left a lasting impact on me. Mark was a good guy and he will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to the family.

  33. To the family and friends of Mark. We are truly sorry for your loss. You have our sincerest sympathy and deepest regrets. You are in our hearts and prayers

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