Lauren Harrison Jordan
Lauren Harrison Jordan passed away at his home in Pilot Rock on March 14, 2017, at the age of 88, due to complications of COPD and Parkinson's Disease. Lauren loved life and fought hard to stay in it. He loved his family and will be greatly missed by them.
Lauren was born in Portland to Stephen Harrison "Harry" Jordan and Lorraine E. Peterson Jordan on Aug. 31, 1928. He spent his youth in the Burns, Vale and Westfall areas.
At a young age, Lauren joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served with the Merchant Marines from 1944 to 1946. Upon his return from World War II, Lauren continued his education, graduating from Crane Union High School.
On Sept. 21, 1948, he married his high school sweetheart, Donna Jean Barnes. They made their home in Burns, where he worked for Edward Hines Lumber Company as a scaler. He then went to work for the U.S. Forest Service, working for the Malheur National Forest and later moving to Prineville to work on the Ochoco National Forests District, retiring in 1978. Lauren absolutely enjoyed his career and co-workers at the Forest Service. It also gave him the opportunity to introduce his children to the outdoors and many adventurous summers growing up on the Forest Service lookouts. Those are memories they will always cherish.
Through examples, he taught his kids the value of hard work, being honest, and believing in yourself. Lauren spent many years as a 4-H leader, teaching gun safety, as well as First Aid classes. He was an Elks member for 40 years.
After retirement, Lauren and Donna moved to a small farm in Pilot Rock. Among his hobbies, Lauren was an avid collector of older guns that he would spend hours rebuilding and refinishing. He also had a passion for studying the history of the wars. Lauren was a quiet man and a man that loved his children, sons and daughters in-laws, and grandchildren fiercely.
Lauren is survived by his wife of 69 years, Donna Jordan, at the family home in Pilot Rock; sons, Randy Jordan (Cathy), of Rock Island, Washington, and Dennis Jordan (Glenna), of Dayville; daughters, Shirley Reyes (Paul), of Wenatchee, Washington, Marilyn White (Jim), of Juntura, Patty Mallars (John), of Pilot Rock, and Brenda Olson (Albert Bowers), of Vancouver, Washington. He is also survived by his sibling, Gina and family, of California, and his sister-in-law, Lena Jordan, of Riverside, California. Lauren was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine E. Peterson Jordan; father, Stephen Harrison Jordan; and brothers, Gilbert Jordan, from Arizona, and Lowell Jordan, from California.
Services and internment will be at a later date.