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Anchorage resident Lorenzo Elwood Jordan, 54, died of cancer May 22, 2007, at home.
A visitation will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, with a service at noon. The Rev. Alonzo Patterson will officiate. Burial will be Tuesday at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Pallbearers will include Johnny King, James Parsons, Adoon Jordan, Kelby Fox, Kenneth R. Arnold Sr. and Isaac Murphy III.
Lorenzo was born in Detroit on Dec. 16, 1952. He graduated from high school.
He moved to Alaska in October 1990.
Lorenzo retired from the U.S. Air Force in December 1993 after serving 21 years. He was ordained as a deacon at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. Lorenzo was active in his local churches where he served in numerous capacities such as trustee, choir member, youth leader and mentor. He participated in community service through the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and served as the Alaska commander of Disabled American Veterans. Under his leadership, the DAV created and designed the first veteran automobile license plate in Alaska, and "Deacon Jordan" had the opportunity to purchase the second plate sold. He was also a campfire worker.
Lorenzo enjoyed singing. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his wife, five children and 12 grandchildren.
His family wrote: "His favorite three words that he taught all his grandchildren to say were, 'I love Papa.' When asked how he was, you could always count on his reply being, 'I am blessed.' Deacon Jordan loved to take long drives to the mountain with his wife, and he was an avid dog lover. Lorenzo was a fighter. He loved the Lord, his church, and most of all, he kept the faith all the way until the end."
He is survived by his wife, Prapai Jordan; son and daughter-in-law, Adoon and Laura Jordan; daughters and sons-in-law, Melinda and Kenneth Arnold, Cherese Jordan and fiance Ike Murphy, Chalanda and Johnny King, and Wanda and Kelby Fox; godchildren, Kara and Kai Fear; and grandchildren, Alonzo and Andrea Jordan, Tayona, Kenneth Jr. and Devon Arnold, Gege and Messiah Murphy, Bishop Jordan, Jamahl and Jasmine King, Jaiden and Brandon Spivey, and Leniah and Kaiden Fox.
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