Jaclyn Jones was born in Reno, Nevada, at St. Mary’s Hospital on December 23, 1984, to her loving and devoted parents, Robert and Sandra (Thomas) Picollo. Jaclyn was spunky, funny, and strong from the beginning. She was always the littlest girl on the playground, but that never stopped her from being the most competitive. She was a natural athlete and sports were always an important part of her life, especially softball.
Jaclyn began playing competitive softball as a young girl. Her dad, Bob, was her first coach, and her mom, Sandy, was the team mom. While growing up, she played alongside her constant companion and best friend, her sister, Angela, and her other lifelong friends for many years as they travelled near and far every summer to play softball. Jaclyn was a proud member of the four-time state championship Wooster High School softball team, where she started at third base and was also a pitcher. She was a dominant hitter, usually batting third in the lineup, and was known for her “gun” of an arm. After high school, she continued to play softball at the collegiate level at the University of Nevada.
In addition to excelling on the field, she excelled in the classroom and proudly attended Dodson Elementary School, Vaughn Middle School, Wooster High School (Class of 2003), and the University of Nevada, where she graduated with her degree in secondary education and then obtained her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education shortly thereafter.
Jaclyn began teaching in the Washoe County School District in 2010 and landed her dream job as a physical education teacher and assistant softball coach at Spanish Springs High School in 2012. Throughout her career as a teacher and a coach she was beloved by all her students and colleagues. She loved being a teacher and a coach and was always devoted to the Spanish Springs High School community, even during her illness. With the help of family, friends, and her fantastic SSHS colleagues, she was able to overcome incredible adversity during her battle with cancer to get back into the gym with her students.
Jaclyn loved life. She loved spending time with her friends and family at the pool, camping at Pyramid Lake, going to concerts, and golfing. She delighted in the side business she started, “Gilly’s Height Charts,” where she made custom height charts, teacher signs, and other unique crafts. She was very talented and her creations were enjoyed by many. She had a lot of great memories of being pulled behind the family boat on an innertube with her sister while their dad was driving and everyone else was laughing as they watched Jaclyn and Angela fall into the water time and time again. All the ladies in Jaclyn’s family would frequently get together for craft days that were filled with cocktails and endless laughs. They took trips and cruises together, and Jaclyn was always the life of the party. Jaclyn loved traveling with her friends to country concerts and festivals, never missing a chance to dance in her cowgirl boots.
More than anything, though, Jaclyn loved her wonderful husband, Justin Jones, and their precious boys, Archer Michael Jones and Kyler Lee Jones. Justin and Jaclyn married in 2017 after dating for several years. Both Wooster High graduates, they knew each other while growing up and, as fate would have it, they fell in love at the perfect time. The immense love they had for each other radiated through both of them and was felt by everyone around them. Archer’s birth in 2016 and Kyler’s in 2019 were the pinnacle of their lives. Together, as a family, they experienced pure joy.
Jaclyn had been relentlessly battling cancer these past two years. Although the cancer had already progressed to a stage-four level when she was first diagnosed, Jaclyn was determined to fight with all her life, and fight she did—until her very last breath. She did not fight alone, though. In addition to the endless love and support of her family and close friends, she received tremendous support from the Wooster High School community, the Spanish Springs High School community, the EVOKE Warriors community (Jaclyn was proud and thankful to be part of this amazing program for those fighting cancer in our community), her whole softball community, and, ultimately, the entire Reno/Sparks community. For that, she was, and her family is, immensely grateful. In return, Jaclyn provided a once-in-a lifetime inspiration to her community through her strength, her resilience, and her grace in the face of incredible adversity. Jaclyn refused to give up.
Jaclyn is preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Patricia Thomas and Marvin and Merrie Jo Picollo, and her beloved cousin, Dustin Clark. She is survived by the loves of her life, her husband, Justin Jones, and their sons, Archer and Kyler; her devoted parents, Bob and Sandy (Thomas) Picollo; and her cherished sister, Angela (Picollo) McMullen (Chase).