D. J. Jordan, 91, of Kerrville died April 3, 2019, at 7:34 a.m., at his residence.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Sunrise Baptist Church of Kerrville.
He was born on April 13, 1927, in Laramie, Wyoming, to Myrtle (Wilhite) and Dock Jefferson Jordan.
He grew up in Fox, Oklahoma, and in Edna. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was stationed in Germany. He returned to Edna when he was discharged. He worked for Mobil Oil Corporation, now known as Exxon Mobil Corporation, for 34 years. He also ranched in Jackson County during those years, and owned and ran the Morales Store in Morales.
A dedicated Christian, Jordan was a member of Sunrise Baptist Church of Kerrville. He also served in various capacities at churches in other cities in which he resided.
He married Barbara Burleson in 1976 in Yoakum. Upon his retirement, the couple built a home in the Texas Hill Country in Utopia.
After she retired in 1998, they sold their Utopia home and traveled in their motor home. They loved traveling in the western part of the U.S., making sure that nearly every summer was spent in Colorado. During their four years of full-time traveling, they were campground hosts for the National Forest Service for three summers in Montana.
The family says Jordan’s dry wit, integrity, kindness, and humility earned him a host of friends throughout his life. He relished a game of dominoes or shooting a game of pool any day, any time.
He loved his family and took an active role as a father. He was his daughter’s greatest fan throughout the many activities she participated in during high school. He also introduced her to deer hunting, cooking, and life at the deer lease.
Jordan was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He was an avid fisherman who favored saltwater and enjoyed fishing for trout during many summers spent in Colorado. He went fishing with friends twice yearly for bass. He also traveled to Canada to hunt elk, moose and bears.
He is survived by his wife; and daughter, Julie Freeman and husband, Matt, all of Kerrville; brother, Jerry Ray Jordan of Round Rock; brother-in-law, David Burleson and wife, Patty, of Beaumont; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, LaVerne Tipton; parents; and two sisters, Corrine Ray and Norma Sue Carroll.
Memorial donations may be made to Sunrise Baptist Church, Missions Offering, 1200 Broadway, Kerrville, TX 78028, or Peterson Hospice, 250 Cully Dr., Kerrville, TX 78028.