Clarence "Bub" Jordan, 80, who grew up in Echo, died Wednesday, June 25, 2008, in Olympia, Wash., after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
A celebration of his life is planned from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 27, for friends and family at his daughter's home in Olympia.
Mr. Jordan was born Jan. 17, 1928, in Echo to John and Margaret Jordan. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1945 and spent his military service time in Japan. After his discharge, he returned to Oregon and attended Oregon State University on the GI Bill, earning a bachelor's degree in fish and wildlife and biology. He was the only one of seven siblings to earn a college degree.
In 1947 he married his high school sweetheart, Maxine Nofsinger, and eventually moved to Olympia, Wash., in 1958 where he purchased an established mink ranch. He became well known among mink ranchers and the fur industry, having topped the market in the United States and Canada several times during his 37-year career. He retired from the business in 1995.
Growing up in Echo, he was well known for his athletic abilities, earning many awards and lettering in nearly every sport. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman from childhood through retirement.
Mr. Jordan is survived by son John Jordan and daughter Cathy Walcker, both of Olympia; brother Kenneth Jordan of Boise, Idaho; niece Margo Hurd of Meacham; one granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Maxine in 2002; his parents; brothers John R. Jordan, William H. Jordan, James R. Jordan, and Lawrence L. Jordan; and sister Ruth Vogler.