A Legacy of Service: Community Leaders Remember Jim Jordan

The town of Maricopa was rocked by the loss of Jim Jordan on Tuesday. Jordan, 74, was a well-loved figure in the community and a dedicated public servant. Many members of the community have expressed their thoughts on his life and passing – here is a sampling of their thoughts:

Mayor Christian Price:

It’s so sad. He was just a servant at heart from the very first day I met him. He ended his career in life as a volunteer with the school board. He saw the need and he stepped in and here is a person who often had conflicting thoughts about the school board until he was on it and it’s amazing how much he’s changed and realized, wow , these are things that children need. He will be truly missed, especially since two weeks ago everything was going well in his life. It’s just awful.

Pastor Rusty Akers, Community of Hope Church:

I’ve known Jim for 10 or 11 years since he moved here. He was a unique individual. People probably saw him wearing a cowboy hat, but he had that throwback man stature. He would always have a conversation with anyone at any time.

Jim was not short on opinions, but he was able to share those opinions with you in a gracious way. I loved the guy. I loved his heart. He had a passion for this community.

He served with us at Rocky Point, he had a passion to serve there. He just wanted to serve people. He loved everyone. Until a few years ago, he would go to our high school groups and just sit with these guys and let them ask him questions. So here’s this septuagenarian in his cowboy hat, hanging out with high school kids. But they loved him and he loved her because he cared about them.

I guess that’s the one attribute that Jim held above all else was that he loved people. He loved them dearly, it was not pretentious, it was not wrong, he loved people dearly and loved to serve people.

MUSD Board Member AnnaMarie Knorr:

Jim had a real servant’s heart. He served his community and schools selflessly. His calm and positive attitude was a blessing to everyone who crossed his path and I am a better person to have known Jim. He will be greatly missed.

MUSD Chairman Robert Downey:

From the first moment, 14 months ago, that I first met Jim Jordan, I knew I had met a really nice guy. Yes, there was his cowboy hat, his boots, his jeans and his swagger. Most importantly was his servant heart, his love for all, and his friendly, positive attitude towards life and people. It was a blessing to know Jim and to serve with him on the MUSD school board. My prayers and condolences go out to his family.

Board Member Amber Liermann:

Jim had a servant’s heart. He really wanted to serve others. He had a passion for money management and wanted others to experience the freedom of living debt free. Jim loved God, his family, his church and his community. He was a hard worker and someone I looked up to. I saw Jim at the last board meeting and he greeted me with a big smile and a hug as usual. My prayers go out to his family and all who loved him.

Council Member Rich Vitiello:

There’s nothing more you can say except that Jim served the city, he really did. If there’s one thing he did, he loved this town, he loved this community. So now he will love and serve the Lord. I wish the blessing of his family, I wish him the blessing and may God bless him. He is in a better place, as they say, and he will be missed. He was much loved.

Vice Mayor Vince Manfredi:

Jim was a good man who did so much for Maricopa. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Dr. Tracey Lopeman, MUSD Superintendent:

Although he was a champion for the students behind the stage, my favorite moments with Mr. Jordan were spent outside of the boardroom. It was not uncommon for him to attend a home football game on Friday nights. He was the first to brag about our AFJROTC program and was proud to lead veterans on school tours and organize guest speaker opportunities. I will remember Jim fondly, not only for his leadership, but for his genuine love for people and his community.

Council Member Henry Wade:

We have lost a good man. He was kind, opinionated, sincere, and if he loved you, he loved you. If he didn’t love you, he didn’t love you. We all go there, we all have our time, and it was his time. He was a good man.

Council Member Nancy Smith:

Jim Jordan was the kind of friend who never said “no”. He was always ready to help if it meant someone was blessed. He would help run the polls for my campaigns; he served on the school board of MUSD; he was the city chaplain. He carried much-needed clothing and food to Mexico. And these are just a few examples!

Just a few days ago I sat down with Jim and had a long, beautiful conversation with him at church. He made me smile and I will miss those conversations the most.

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