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Robert Clyde Jordan
October 19, 1944 ~ July 15, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
Robert Clyde Jordan passed away on Saturday, July 15th at St. Charles hospital in Prineville, Oregon following years long complications with COPD and more recently an aggressive cancer.
Robert “Bob” was born to Harry Clyde Jordan and Leora Pearl Ewing in Lewiston, Idaho. He was a proud 5th generation Oregonian with his father’s side settling Oregon in 1854 and his mother’s side settling Oregon in 1880. Bob’s early memories were of living on his uncle’s ranch in Prairie City where he learned to drive at an early age operating the farm equipment. He once recalled driving the tractor across the field when lightning struck a nearby tree. He jumped from the tractor and ran to the barn but left the tractor moving in the field. His Uncle was angry because he had to race across the field to rescue the tractor. They could laugh about it later.
Bob’s family moved to Hermiston, Oregon where his father and grandfather worked at Hanford building the bomb bunkers. They then moved to Eugene, Oregon where Bob graduated from Willamette High School in 1963. After completing Machinist school Bob joined the Navy in 1963. He turned 18 aboard ship enroute to Vietnam where he served three tours. He returned to Eugene in 1966 where he started working at Bekin’s Moving and Storage and later as an equipment operator with Lane County. While living in Eugene he took up the sport of off-road motorcycling. He loved desert racing and was sponsored by A-1 Motorcycles out of Eugene. He raced Barstow to Las Vegas twice, won several races and was ranked as one of the top 10 desert racers three years in a row.
Bob moved to Bend Oregon in 1978. It was there where he met Debra Ann Reinhold from Grand Rapids, Minnesota. They met over a gas cap of a motorcycle and were married a short two months later. They celebrated three months shy of their 44th anniversary.
Bob loved the Lord and his country and enjoyed riding dirt bikes, hunting, fishing and anything to do with the outdoors.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Clyde Jordan and Leora Pearl Jordan, his sister Carole Lee Nelson, and his son, Brannon Clyde Jordan.
He is survived by his wife Debra, daughter Cherie Marie and husband Gustavo Serrano, sons John Widner and wife Samantha Jordan and Robert Lee and wife Cierra Jordan, one grandson, one step-grandson, and eight granddaughters. He was thrilled to be able to hold his youngest granddaughter, Carolee Deaunne, at two days old. The family will be holding a private Celebration of Life on Saturday, September 23rd, at the Carey Foster Hall from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.