Jack Edwin Jordan

August 12, 1936 ~ July 16, 2021

Jack Edwin Jordan, 84, a resident of Vero Beach since 1955, passed away July 16, 2021.

He was born August 12, 1936, in Phoenix, New York, to Joseph Edwin and Ava Beryl Jordan.

In 1965, Jack was employed by Piper Aircraft, and spent 36 years in quality control and inspection. With a dedication to quality and a no-nonsense, “hardliner” approach to inspection, he earned the respect of co-workers and supervisors alike. Jack retired from Piper in 2001.

Along with enjoying time with family and lifelong friends, Jack’s other passion was sports, especially anything and everything related to motorcycles.

Jack purchased his first motorcycle at age 17 and rarely let off the throttle, which led to a very successful motorcycle-racing career from the early 60s through 2001 – primarily in the sportsman’s class. Jack, his brother Frank, and several local friends shared the same passion for racing, and they pursued the sport as a group. The group’s love of motorcycle racing extended to drag, road, flat track, enduros, hare scrambles, and anything labeled as a motorcycle race.

Jack’s expertise on a motorcycle was such that he took home more trophies than he was able to display or store. His talent often proved if he couldn’t overtake his opponents on the straightaways, a handful of throttle and skillful maneuvers would do it in the turns. With his low-budget and no-factory sponsorship, it’s been said Jack had “the fastest junk on the track.” Jack’s continued success was due to extreme measures, risks, mechanical skills and agility.

During his racing career, Jack raced on multiple bikes and in many races throughout Florida, from the Daytona International Speedway to the Indianapolis Superspeedway, including a win at the Southeast U.S. Championship in Motorcycle Drag Racing and qualifications to Nationals. Within his long-time racing career, there are simply too many stories to share. However, in 2001, at age 65, Jack suffered a bicycle accident with spinal cord injury, which ended his motorcycle racing, but not his love of the sport or staying connected to fellow riders and friends.

Jack, your family and friends miss you dearly. Rest in Peace. You are deeply loved and your memories will be with us forever.

Jack is survived by his wife, Barbara Jordan; children, Kenneth (Shani) Jordan, Monica (Rick) Ursry, Jennifer (Scott Anderson) Osteen, Rachel (Kevin) Delashmutt; eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Betty Joan Wall, Nancy (Steve) Barry, Frank (Sheila) Jordan and many nieces and nephews.

Please call Jack’s daughter Rachel at 772-766-2956 for service information.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity in memory of Jack.

Condolence

Scott Anderson

July 19, 2021, 11:35 pm

My father in-Law Jack What a great man so lucky to be part of his family. Jack never judge anyone he always made me feel welcomed from day one. When I went to his house every time I would shake his hand when I entered their home and shake his hand when we left. I Loved when he would tell stories about his time when he raced motorcycles and he loved to tell jokes. There was something about Jack when he talked you listened I’m so glad I got to know you. Jack you will be missed by so many but I know you wont be forgotten wont be the same with out you. Love you Jack

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