Roger Jones, inventor of Pringles, dead at 75

Published online: Aug 26, 2013
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GLENNS FERRY, Idaho-A man remembered by friends as "one of Idaho's original potato barons" who worked with Proctor and Gamble in the late 1960s to invent Pringle's potato chips died Tuesday at his home.

Roger Jones was the proprietor of Carmela Vineyards and Winery in Glenns Ferry and chairman of the Idaho Lottery Commission, which he joined in 1995. He was 75.

Memorial services will be hosted at 10 a.m. Aug. 26 in the Methodist church in Rupert, located at 605 H. St. A gathering will also be hosted that day at Carmela Vineyards, 1289 W. Madison, beginning at 4 p.m.

According to an Idaho Lottery press release, Jones was a graduate of University of Idaho who also helped develop the technology for dried potato flake processing, which piqued the interest of Proctor & Gamble. Pringles are made from potato flakes.

"Roger never missed a chance to strike up a conversation, and nearly every conversation turned into something to do with his home state, potatoes, the Idaho Lottery, wine or his beloved (UI) Vandals," fellow Idaho Lottery Commissioner David Keyes, of Sandpoint, said in the press release.