The Dan Jordan Friendship Fund

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Created April 3, 2019
The Dan Jordan Friendship Fund 

One of Mr. Dan Jordan’s extraordinary gifts was the ability to connect with people, no matter where or when he met them. When speaking with Gwen, Dan’s wife, she told us that Dan had a special gift and he believed in making a difference. He often said: “The best thing I can give to anyone is my time.” And that’s exactly what he did. He took the time to make people feel that they mattered.

Dan held Emmons School close to his heart. Both of Dan & Gwen daughters, Payton and Reagan, attended Emmons from Kindergarten through 8th grade. In addition to being active parents in the community, Dan also served as a member and as President of the Board of Education at Emmons from 2004 until 2011 where he did whatever it took to help the district move forward.

We were heartbroken to learn of Dan’s sudden passing on February 27, 2019. In order to honor his memory and his dedication to Emmons School, his family has chosen to establish The Dan Jordan Friendship Fund in his name. The goal of this special fund is to create the ability to sponsor programs at Emmons that cultivate acts of kindness and friendship among all of its students, from Kindergarten through 8th grade.

We hope you will consider contributing to this fund in Dan’s honor. Dan and his family have been a large part of the Emmons Community for many years. He will remain with us forever and will be missed.

Thank you for your consideration.


In a world where you can be anything, Be KIND.
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From Payton, one of Dan's daughters:
Just like my family, I know many of you are struggling after finding out what has happened with my dad. My mom, Gwen, wanted to clarify some things and include that we will be having my dad's Celebration of Life on October 12th, 2019. This is two days before his birthday and during Columbus Day Weekend, so hopefully people will be able to travel. We have also included in this post, the link to the Dan Jordan Friendship Fund if you would like to donate. We hope that our explanation brings comfort to many of you who have reached out. Thank you all for being so supportive during this difficult time.

As many of you know, Dan passed away on Wednesday, February 27th. Such a sudden passing is very shocking and confusing. I am writing to share details to help provide some understanding of the event. Dan was a National Sales Manager for a company in Florida; he typically traveled weekly. He returned from a trip to Atlanta and had a “tickle” in his throat that he couldn’t get rid of. He had a trip to Arkansas planned, so I suggested that he see our family physician before he left. On Tuesday, February 26th, he was seen by his doctor and was prescribed an antibiotic for a sinus infection. The doctor reported that Dan did not present with anything that was concerning. Later that evening, Dan complained of being light headed, nauseas, and having a stiff neck. He took the antibiotic and some ibuprofen and reported feeling better. Later in the afternoon on the next day, Dan told our daughter Reagan that he was having a hard time regulating his breathing and to call 911. I rushed home from school to find paramedics attending to him as he was having a very hard time breathing and appeared to be going in and out of consciousness. Reagan and I were told to go to the hospital; our other daughter Payton was called to meet us there. Shortly after we all arrived, the doctor and medical staff told us that they had done everything they could, but that Dan had passed (cardiac arrest).

I am quite sure that most all of you know that Dan and I starting dating when he was 17 and I was 16 years old. We both went to Carthage College together and married in 1990. With that being said, we were together for 35 years this June and still deeply in love with each other. Payton (24) and Reagan (22) have been and will continue to be his pride and joy. Dan was not just a good man; he was an exceptional man. The girls and I are truly blessed to have had him to call ours.

I want all of you to know that the girls and I are so thankful for your kindness and prayers, your flowers and meals, the shoveling of snow and ice, the cards and social media posts, and the love we feel coming from each of you. A recurring theme from so many of your memories of Dan has been what a positive, energetic, and caring soul he had and still has. Dan loved people! He loved talking to people and listening to people and helping people (mostly talking to people). Dan had an amazing way of making you feel that you mattered, and to him, each one of us did matter to him. He LOVED his time at Rich Central High School. If there was any time in school that he could go back to, he said it would have been high school. How wonderful it is that so many of you from the Class of 1989 have remained connected! Dan also made life-long friends from his time at Carthage; friends that have watched our daughters grow up and friends that “grew older” with him. Dan loved connecting with our neighborhood family of Heron Harbor. We were so much a part of our families’ lives over the years; celebrating holidays, court parties, graduation parties, and proms. There were countless business colleagues and customers of Dan’s that he did not just work with side by side, but developed meaningful friendships with over the years. There were also family friends that Dan and I were close to over the years and friends of the girls and those friend’s parents. And, most importantly, Dan’s family…the whole side of his family and the whole side of mine; son, brother, uncle, son-in law, brother-in law… It seems that the list of the people that Dan was connected to is endless which, in essence, is how Dan lived his life…reaching out and connecting to people…all the people who the girls and I are keeping close to our hearts right now. Because you knew him, I know you have some sense of our pain.
The depth of Dan’s passing has not yet been comprehended by the girls and I. Our sadness is so deep, it is physically painful. Dan took a part of each of our hearts that day and we kept a part of his heart with each of us; this is how we will forever be connected to each other. We love him so much….and we will always and forever.

The girls and I decided that we would not have a memorial or funeral service as was Dan’s wish. We will be having a Life Celebration at a later date; this will be months in the future. So many of you have inquired about making a donation in Dan’s name. We have established the Dan Jordan Friendship Fund through Emmons School. “Friendship Benches” will be one of the things purchased through this fund in addition to any other materials to support the building of friendships of students at Emmons in Dan’s name. Please click the link below to learn more.
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