Thomas Jordan
1938 - 2021
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Thomas Joe Jordan passed away peacefully at home on March 16, 2021. He was born in 1938 in Nowata, OK to John Henry and Louise Evelyn (Weygandt) Jordan. He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother Johnny Ray Jordan of Tulsa, OK. Tom is survived by his wife, Susan, daughters Holly Jordan (Teresa Fralix; Asheville, NC), Christina Jordan (Wayne Schroeder; Lawrence, KS) and Jill Jordan (Steve Kidwell; Kansas City, MO), grandchildren, Benjamin Selk, Kellen Johnson (Cory Gaston), Hannah Selk, Daniel Selk (Tammy Vu), Christopher Kidwell and Saffron Gray, great grandchildren, Addyson Welch, Evelyn and Robert Johnson III, and sister Carolyn Borchardt (Dale).

Tom was raised in Coffeyville, KS where his parents ran a small grocery store, Jordan's Market. He had a wonderful childhood with wonderful parents, family, and friends. He attended Coffeyville Community College and Ottawa University graduating in 1960 with a B.A. in Art Education. He obtained his M.A. in Art Education at Kansas University in 1974. While teaching at Lawrence High School, Tom was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship.

Tom and his wife Susan (Suzi) Kay Kidwell who grew up nine blocks away, married in Coffeyville during a blizzard in 1959 (62 years). They shared a true, profound romance and raised three daughters. They built their dream house with a shop and studio in 1987 where they could enjoy nature, watch wildlife and gorgeous sunsets, spoil their grandkids, and create beautiful art.

Tom was a natural born teacher and loved teaching art to the many wonderful and talented students throughout his career. He influenced students at all levels. He loved to work with wood and related mixed materials and also enjoyed painting and sculpture. His specialities were furniture and beautiful small wood boxes. Tom collected various items, too numerous to mention. He loved to feed (no matter the weather) and watch birds and enjoyed their many wonderful pet cats and dog Sassy. Tom also loved to travel with the insistence of his good wife and found it exciting, educational, and rewarding. Paris and London were his favorites.

Tom's sense of humor was his hallmark. He could be silly and goofy with his family and friends, making everyone laugh, brightening the room. He was a great mentor and role model, leading his daughters, grandkids, and students with a sense of strong work ethic, productivity, and creativity.

Details for a celebration of Tom's life will be announced on,

and Facebook. Memorials in his honor may be made to Just Food in Lawrence, Lawrence Humane Society, or Warm Hearts of Douglas County.

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Published in Lawrence Journal-World from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2021.
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March 24, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Chuck Holley
March 23, 2021
Mr. Jordan was one of my favorite and most influential teachers at Lawrence High School. His classes were a wonderful opportunity for personal artistic expression and Mr. Jordan was always there for subtle direction and encouragement. I have thought of him often, and will remember him fondly.
Mark Hodges
March 23, 2021
I was fortunate enough to be a student of Mr Jordan in the mid 1960's at Ottawa High School. While I certainly was not a star art pupil, the one project that I remember the most was creating a design, then repeating it multiple times to create secondary designs. Life went on, and in the late 1970's I was introduced to quilting and became totally involved in this craft- to the point that I have been designing quilts, teaching classes and have had a retail quilt shop for 35 years-- And I truly believe that assignment many years ago was the foundation for my design skills. Mr Jordan was a fun teacher and touched so many lives. Sympathy to his family and friends.
Chris Campbell
March 22, 2021
Tom & I were fellow art teachers, we attended many art meetings together for a number of years. He had a great sense of humor. I am saddened by his passing. It was a pleasure having two of his daughters, Holly & Jill as students in my art class.
His wife Suzi is a friend , artist and fellow teacher . Suzi, I’m thinking about you and knowing your sorrow as I did when my husband died..
Connie Spitz
March 22, 2021
Chris, I am so sorry to hear about your daddy. I know the pain in your heart that goes along with his passing. Please pass on my love to your family. Seeing your kids' names took me on a trip down memory lane.
Love you, Betsy Williams
Betsy Alford
March 21, 2021
We knew Tom and Susan mainly because our daughter, Carla, was and is a good friend with Chris. While we were not close friends with Chris' parents we did enjoy knowing and seeing Chris. Tom was obviously a faithful husband and father which is a huge testimony of his character. Memories of him will always be there to minister to the family and close friends as the years pass.
Carl and Joyce Burkhead
March 20, 2021
Oh dear Suzi and family, I am truly sorry for the loss of Tom, a bright star in your and so many lives. I’ll be thinking of you and am sending love.
Margaret Rose xox
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