Joseph Thomas Jordan
1928 - 2020
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Tom was born May 13, 1928 in Santa Rosa, California. At the age of 92 he went to be with the Lord on September 6, 2020, surrounded by his family. During his childhood, his family moved to Lodi, California. Tom graduated from Lodi High School in 1948.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth; his children, Joan Jordan, Jack Jordan (Nancy), Jim Jordan (Gloria) and step-daughter Sandi Thomblin; two grandsons, Jeremy Jordan and Joseph Jordan (Jacqueline;) and two step-grandchildren Meagan Mathias (Todd) and Christopher Rodgers (Marla). He was also fond of his niece, Jennifer and nephews, Jon and Geoffrey.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Olive Jordan and Miller Jordan; and his beloved brother, Dick Jordan.
Tom's favorite pastimes were camping, fishing, hunting, golfing and flying a 182 Cesna many years ago. He also loved building things, such as an oak ski boat, RC airplanes, bird houses, and converting a school bus into a motor home. Many sought out his expertise at repairing diesel trucks and autos. Spending time with good friends and his family brought him great joy. He was instant friends with anyone he met.
Over the years, he worked for Fish & Game, Pac Bell, the Chrysler dealership in Lodi, and was the head bus mechanic at LUSD. His passion was driving logging trucks and owned several. He also owned Western Cylinder, a machine shop for automotive and heavy equipment. He strived to be a professional at everything he did.
Tom was a member of First Baptist Church in Lodi, ushering and helping whenever he could.
Interment will be private. A memorial service will be held when covid restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of San Joaquin.

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Published in Lodi-News Sentinel from Sep. 16 to Sep. 22, 2020.
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September 17, 2020
Doak Bentz
September 17, 2020
I first met Tom when I was about 9 or10 years old, around 1959 or so. Phil Katzakian and I were riding our bicycles around the neighborhood when we saw a small dark blue road racing car, (H modified Crosley Special) in a driveway. That car was like a magnet to me. We came back later when the garage door was open and met Tom Jordan working on the car. Instead of shooing us kids away, He told us all about the car and answered all our questions. Over time we became Tom and Dick Jordan's unofficial helpers. Dick even gave me an unforgettable ride down west Turner Road in the country, to the smell of Castrol R racing oil fumes coming out the exhaust, 6 inches from my right hip. In Toms later years he would come and visit me in my shop, and tell me, if I needed help to let him know and he would come and help me with my projects I would tease him, and tell him it was all his fault that I liked cars so much in the first place, and he would get that big Tom smile on his face and laugh. Tom is a Craftsman, he had that hard working get the job done determination that I admire, that seemed to be a part of the WW2 Greatest Generation. I miss you already Tom, But someday we will meet again. R.I.P. TOM , Doak Bentz
Doak Bentz
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