“T he world is full of problem identifiers. Be different. Be unique. Be a problem solver.” As an educator, Mr. J was just that kind of person. Martin Kent Jordan passed away on May 23, 2013, in Dallas, Texas.
He was born in Portales to Lonnie and Roedean Jordan on June 27, 1951. During his early childhood, Kent lived in Fritch, Texas and Herscher, Ill., before moving to Artesia where he completed his high school education in 1969. After graduation, Kent attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas where he was a member of Cowboy Band and concert choir and was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1977. In 1976, he and Judy Buckles were married. During his college career, Kent sang baritone solos from Handel’s Messiah with the Abilene Symphony and Amarillo Symphony and performed with the Hardin-Simmons choir as they toured Russia. Upon graduation, he spent seven years teaching band in Texas.
Kent and his family moved to Roswell in 1984, where he taught band in various elementary schools, Sierra Middle School, and Roswell High and served as the music coordinator for the RISD. Throughout his career, Kent also played with the Roswell Symphony and was the founder of the Roswell Community Band through ENMU-Roswell. He received a Master’s degree in Music Education from ENMU-Portales in 1988. An active member of First Baptist Church, Kent taught for many years in Sunday school and served as a deacon. Above all, Kent is remembered for his passion — particularly for God, family, music/band, gardening, cooking, and collecting hot sauce and pocket knives.
He is survived by his wife Judy; his parents, Lonnie and Roedean Jordan; his sons, Tyler and Drew Jordan, both of Valencia, Calif.; one daughter Sarah Jordan, of Roswell; three sisters, Adeana Carlyle and her husband Hardy, of Taos; Beth Combs and her husband Bob, of Artesia and Marcia Hinze and her husband John, of Tucumcari; precious friend John Odom; also numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one brother Thomas Bryan Jordan.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at First Baptist Church. Interment will follow at 2 p.m., at the Elida Cemetery in Elida. John Hinze of First Baptist Church in Tucumcari and Greg Buckles of Mansfield Bible Church in Mansfield, Texas will officiate.
Condolences maybe made online at laqronefuneralchapels.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Inlow Baptist Camp, P.O. Box 258, Torreon, NM 87061.
Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.