William Jordan

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William Oscar Jordan

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of our father, William Oscar Jordan, age 93.

A World War II veteran, Oscar was wounded and received the Purple Heart in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign. He retired from USAF in 1984 with rank of colonel. Oscar was a member of the first graduating class of University of New Mexico Law School in 1950. Appointed law clerk to Judge Samuel G. Bratton of US District Court of Appeals, a year later he was approved and appointed by Senators Dennis Chaves and Clinton P. Anderson to the position of Assistant US Attorney, District of New Mexico. In 1953 he took the position of General Counsel, NM State Land Office, retiring in 1982.

He was 25 years Chairman, Legal and Legislative Committees of Western States Land Commissioners Association; served on the Legal Committee of Interstate Oil Company Commission; Former Chairman of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section of the New Mexico State Bar; and Advisor to New Mexico Land Resources Association. He served as commander of the Patrick J. Hurley (Chapter 372) of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Veterans Association. He served on the Board of Directors (two years as Chairman) for Santa Fe Chapter of Retired Public Employees of New Mexico (PERA). For 20 years he served on Board of Directors (three years as President) of Santa Fe Boys Club.

He was born to James O. Jordan and Vera (Greer) Jordan in Quay County, NM. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Pluma Ringer, Nola Charles, James Jordan and Gayle Jordan and survived by his brother, Doughty Jordan.

Oscar met his beloved wife, Virginia Adair (1924-2010), while attending UNM. They married in 1950.

He is survived by his children, Steve (Frances) Jordan, Judy (Wayne) Robbie, Jennie (Dave) Austin, Mark Jordan, Beth (Jose) Oms and Tim (Adriana) Jordan. He was preceded in death by grandchild, Kevin Austin, is survived by grandchildren William (Hillary) Robbie, Emilia (Konrad) Dzula, Philip Austin, Kelly (Ivan) Sued, Alex (Heather) Jordan, Tyler Jordan, Harry Oms, Olivia Oms, Jacqueline Jordan and Wyatt Jordan, and great-grandchildren: Clive Jordan, Lily Jordan and Tristan Dzula.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Rivera Family Kiva Chapel, Santa Fe, NM. Interment with full Military Honors will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 12:45pm.

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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Dec. 17, 2017
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