Carlos Miguel Jordan, from Lubbock, Texas, passed away on July 6, 2016, at Childers Inpatient Hospice. A celebration of life gathering was held on Saturday, July 9th. At a later date, the family will hold a special memorial service.
Carlos was survived by his wife, Elizabeth Jordan, and his daughters and their spouses, Pat and Jan Pirtle of Amarillo, Texas and Jeff and Celeste Dannemiller of Cody, Wyoming. Elizabeth and Carlos were married on July 18, 1953 and have been living together in Lubbock for almost 63 years. “Poppie” was also survived by six grandchildren, Jordan Patrick Pirtle, Danielle Love, Jordan Jackson, Michael Pirtle, Candiss Hill, and Logan Dannemiller. And his legacy continues with 10 Great-grandchildren. Carlos was uncle to Vic Stephenson and his family. He had many special friends and kind neighbors, Kyle and Shelly Carver and their family, whom he loved as his own. Carlos had several passions and loves in his life. Yet his family and special friends took priority. He pledged to care for his wife every day and stay connected to all of his family. “Poppie” always wanted to know how his grandchildren and great grandchildren were doing and growing. He was proud of each and every one!
Carlos was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, on December 19, 1934. He lived in Puerto Rico until he moved to the mainland to attend Texas Tech in 1952. He majored in Commercial Art & Architecture Design. However, he did not finish at Texas Tech until after he served in the US Marine Corps. Carlos joined the Marines in October of 1953 and actively served in Korea for about 3 years. He completed his time with the Marines in the reserves until October 1961 and received an Honorary Discharge. He was presented with the Medals for National Defense, United States Service, and the Korean Service. In October of 1990, he retired as a Civil Service employee from Reese AFB in Lubbock. His civil service of 34 years was recognized with honor and special awards for his outstanding commercial art and presentations for the government.
After retirement, Carlos involved himself with many days of painting and sketching. He enjoyed attending and teaching art classes and meeting fellow artists around the Lubbock area. Carlos was an accomplished artist and created many different pieces of art in a variety of mediums, subject matters, and styles. He especially took pride in portraits and character creations. His most recent entry and award was from the Plains Art Association in Plainview for an abstract acrylic portrait of a coffee buddy. Carlos had never liked to work with acrylics, but he challenged himself at 80 years old to try something new. This large portrait won 1st Place in acrylics. “Jeery” or “Blueberry” was one of his last paintings. Not only did Carlos have a great talent and interest in art, but he also enjoyed music and reading. He was an avid reader of mysteries, novels, biographies, and art history. He loved to listen to classical music, Barbara Streisand, and his favorite Frank Sinatra. His favorite song was “I Did it My Way”. Carlos always had a strong connection and love for his homeland. He enjoyed cooking Puerto Rican food, listening to Puerto Rican music, talking about memories of his family and the beautiful island that he knew as a boy. He said, “It is a beautiful land and sea”.
Our “Poppie” will never be forgotten and his legacy will continue through our lives……like he signed his letters and cards ……SIEMPRE…..meaning always! Thank you God, for your mercy and love that has blessed us dearly! Romans 7:6