Donald Clark Jordahl passed into the arms of our Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:36 am in North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He died peacefully, listening to the Vocal Majority sing "You Lift Me Up." All three of his daughters, Judith, Belinda, and Suzette, along with Belinda's and Suzette's husbands were with him. Michael, his son, had visited ten days earlier and was not able to be there, but he called and was able to say goodbye before his dad passed away.|
A memorial service will be held for Don on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:30am in St Michael the Archangel Episcopal Church, 7400 Tudor Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80919.
Don was born on August 9, 1929 in Pendleton, Oregon to his Norwegian-American father, Jack and his English-American mother Grace (Clark) Jordahl. He grew up in nearby LaGrande, Oregon where he lived until he graduated from LaGrande High School in 1947. Don was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Oregon, graduating from there with a BA in Music in 1951.
He joined the Navy and served in the Naval Reserves from 1952-54. While living in Philadelphia, he met Anne White, a recent immigrant from Bournemouth, England (the same hometown as his mother). They married on December 4, 1954 and soon after they returned to Eugene, Oregon where Don began his studies for a Master's in Music Education and where he was the Drum Major for the University of Oregon Marching Band. The arrival of their first child, Michael, changed their plans for a life of teaching high school music and instead Don was recruited into the Air Force, into which he was commissioned in 1956. Their daughter Judith was born soon after, followed by Belinda and then Suzette.
Don served in the Air Force for 27 years, achieving the rank of Colonel, taking a medical retirement in 1983. His Air Force career took him and his family all over the world with 11 different permanent assignments and multiple temporary assignments. He especially enjoyed living and working in Germany and seeing the sights wherever he was assigned.
Don's wife Anne passed away on March 18, 2001.
Don is survived by his four children and their spouses, thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: Michael & (Nancy) Jordahl and their sons Daniel, Timothy and Peter; (Bill) & Judith Reed and their children Hannah, Benjamin, Michael and Matthew; (Bill) & Belinda Garcia and their children Rebekah (Kyle) Greenlee (parents of Chase), Jonathan, Melissa and Elizabeth; (Scott) & Suzette Keller and their children Katie (mother of Jason) and Christopher.
After Anne passed away in their North Little Rock home, Don moved down the street from Michael and Nancy in Colorado Springs, where he lived until moving into Belinda's San Antonio home this past November. Don loved living in Colorado, enjoying the beauty of the mountains and the weather. He enjoyed his friends and church family at St Michael's Episcopal Church and also enjoyed his neighbors (and their pets) of whom he often exclaimed "they are the best neighbors you could ever want." After moving to San Antonio, he especially enjoyed his great-grandsons Chase and Jason.
Don's love for music led him to sing in several church choirs over his lifetime and he was active in Barbershop singing for about 25 years. He was a member of the Diamond State Chorus in Little Rock for many years and for several years was a member of America The Beautiful Chorus.
Don is survived not only by his children and their families, but also by his older sister Roberta (Sam) Shorb of LaGrande, Oregon and his younger brother Richard (Marilyn) Jordahl of Gilbert, AZ; and also by several nieces and nephews both in England, Spain and around the US. He always enjoyed being with any of them.
Don will be greatly missed by his family, friends and neighbors. We are so glad that his faith in Christ gives us hope that he is whole and full of joy in God's presence.
Anyone desiring to make memorial contributions in Don's honor is encouraged to make them to St Michael's Episcopal Church in Colorado Springs (for care of the Columbarium) or to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or to local chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Published in The Gazette from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2014