General Amos A. "Joe" Jordan Jr.
1922 - 2018
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1922 ~ 2018
Brigadier General Amos A. "Joe" Jordan, Jr., passed away in Bountiful, Utah on June 7, 2018, at the age of 96. He was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, on February 11, 1922, the first of seven children of Amos A. and Olive Fisher Jordan. His family moved to Burley and then to Heyburn, Idaho, where Amos grew up, and he was always proud of his Cassia and Minidoka County roots. He came of age during the Great Depression and learned early to work hard. That work ethic and tenacity combined with a remarkable intellect to produce an exceptional record of service in education, the military, civilian government, policy making, and business. In a career spanning more than sixty years, he was, among other noteworthy things, First Captain of the Corps of Cadets at the United States Military Academy, a Rhodes Scholar, winner of Columbia University's annual recognition for outstanding doctoral dissertation, the youngest statutory professor in the modern history of the Military Academy, a recipient of the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit Medal, and the Military Academy's Distinguished Graduate Award, recipient of honorary degrees from Utah State University and Southern Utah University and of the President's Medallion from Idaho State University, recipient of the Days of '47 Pioneer of Progress Award for Education, Health and Humanitarian Assistance, an author and lecturer on national security affairs, a leader in the United States Departments of State and Defense, President of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, President of the Pacific Forum, a member of the board of directors of a Fortune 500 company, and a trusted advisor to several Presidents of the United States and cabinet officers.
His many successes were made possible in large measure by the loving support of his wife of 64 years, MarDeane "Polly" Carver Jordan, who preceded him in death in 2010. Together they raised six children (Peggy (m. John Hughes), Diana (m. Dan Paxton), Keith (m. Judy Henley), David (m. Holly Garrett), Linda (m. Dan Mabey), and Kent (m. Michelle Weaver)) and welcomed with enthusiasm 24 grandchildren and dozens of great grandchildren. Family reunions in Deer Valley, Utah, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and trips to Hawaii helped build powerful bonds among their posterity.
After retiring from professional pursuits, Amos and MarDeane served full-time missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, first in Hong Kong and later at BYU-Hawaii. This followed Amos's service as a Bishop, High Councilor, and Gospel Doctrine and Priesthood teacher. When MarDeane's health failed, Amos became her primary caregiver for several years. While providing that example of tenderness, he continued to contribute to education and public policy as a senior advisor to the Wheatley Institution at Brigham Young University, serving in that role until he was 91 years old. Throughout his life he was a role model and a mentor to countless students, friends, and colleagues, as well as to his family. He greeted each day with enthusiasm and taught his children and grandchildren the motto, "this is another day in which to excel!"
The family thanks the kind and skilled professionals at Legacy House of Bountiful, Brighton Home Health and Hospice (especially Mia, whose compassionate care in our father's final days was of particular help), and Amada Senior Care. The owners, operators, and aides of these three organizations provided outstanding service, which was a comfort to all family members. Funeral services will be held at the Mueller Park Stake Center, 1800 Mueller Park Road, Bountiful, Utah 84010, on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Online guest book at
In lieu of flowers, the family recommends contributions in the name of Amos A. Jordan, Jr. to the Humanitarian Aid Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which can be made online at

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Published in Deseret News on Jun. 20, 2018.
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June 20, 2020
Happy Father's day!
Zifang Katie
June 14, 2019
Dear Joe,

Please allow me to share this message with you of peace and love:

"When an Eastern sage was desired by his sultan to inscribe on a ring the sentiment which, amidst the perpetual change of human affairs, was most descriptive of their real tendency, he engraved on it the words : 'And this, too, shall pass away.' It is impossible to imagine a thought more truly and universally applicable to human affairs than that expressed in these memorable words, or more descriptive of that perpetual oscillation from good to evil, and from evil to good, which from the beginning of the world has been the invariable characteristic of the annals of man, and so evidently flows from the strange mixture of noble and generous with base and selfish inclinations, which is constantly found in the children of Adam." - The Revolutions in Europe", Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, May, 1848, p. 638
Zifang Katie
July 20, 2018
I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Joe's passing, I really miss him and have missed him over the last few years, he was like a father to me. Uncle Joe was a good role model for me and he has helped me and my wife before we got married as well as after we got married. I didn't have an income for over a year because I was waiting to get disability. We most certainly would have been financially washed out if it wasn't for his help.

There were a few times that he wouldn't take any money from us when we got in a better position financially. He would smile and told me to just pay it forward, which we have done. "When you have done it for the least of these my brothern, you have done it unto Me."

Uncle Joe was an amazing man and I am deeply thankful to him in many ways~ We are going to miss you something royal Uncle Joe! I lost two fathers that day. My dad's funeral was on the same day as Uncle Joe's funeral.
Terrance Norton
June 21, 2018
We love you Grandpa! We will miss your love, laughter, great stories, and example. You have truly blessed us. You will live on forever in our hearts.
Krista Mabey
June 18, 2018
Nancy & Bill Reid
June 17, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 comfort your family.
June 17, 2018
Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. May the words of Psalm 145:18,19 bring you comfort as you endure this difficult time of deep sorrow.
June 16, 2018
General Jordan was a man who was in the world, but not of the world. Seventeen years ago I got to know him in Hawaii after a couple of students returned from USINDOPACOM/USPACOM. He shared that he was ready to leave this world, resting with those that had died in the wars.
After 9-11-2010, the first lesson I learned from him was "war or peace." The last lesson we discussed was about "war and peace" on Memorial Day in 2018. General Jordan left the following lesson for us to continue to learn:
"Just with a feel of realism, without prejudice, should we step into the future. What will be, will be. Only the fortune of war will tell, since life may be war or peace...
Loving with human love, one may pass from love to hatred; but divine love cannot change."
- Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace.


- 2018
Zifang Katie
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