Otto F. Jones

Social Science & Humanities

Otto F. Jones (1940-)

came to Dixie College from Panaca, Nev. After two years of service in the United State Marines, Otto was recruited to play football at Dixie College. Later he attended Weber State College and then completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Psychiatric Social Work at the University of Utah.

He organized and directed Camp Roughout, a survival training camp for under-privileged youth and established the INSIGHT program, a counseling program for employees at Kennecott Copper Company. In 1973, he established Human Affairs, Inc., and Human Affairs International, counseling programs for alcohol and drug dependent employees. His timing was perfect and many of the nation’s major business corporations became clients for this much needed service. In 1988, Otto sold Human Affairs International to Aetna Life and Casualty Company and used the proceeds to begin Sagewood Ranches, a large buffalo ranching enterprise in Colorado and Wyoming.

In 1990, he received the Distinguished Career Award from the University of Utah Graduate School of Social Work. He has served as a consultant to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Mental Health and the Presidential Commission of Mental Health under President Jimmy Carter. He and his wife, the former Amy Lu Savage, are the parents of four sons and two daughters.