By Jessica Creagan
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Last week, a Vero Beach man who had dozens of job titles over the last 75 years was buried in Crestlawn Cemetery.
William Oscar "Bill" Jordan, former mayor and city councilman of Vero Beach, entrepreneur, commercial aircraft pilot and a man keen on helping his city prosper, died on Nov. 11, one day after his 75th birthday.
Viewing and funeral services were held on Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 at First Baptist Church of Vero Beach and his interment at Crestlawn Cemetery on Nov. 16 was conducted with military honors by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard.
Mr. Jordan is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Carole Jean, who is the Indian River County Tax Collector; two sons, their wives and a daughter, four grandchildren, three brothers and a brother-in-law.
Mr. Jordan made Vero Beach his home more than 40 years ago and was intentional about making his community a better place to live and work by serving as the city's mayor and on the city council, but also as a citizen volunteer on the economic development council, the county metropolitan planning organization, the joint city/county beach restoration committee, the airport commission and the county finance advisory committee.
Although he did not serve at the same time as Mr. Jordan, Phil Matson, staff director of the metropolitan planning organization, said Mr. Jordan served early on in the organization's history.
"He served at the onset of the MPO and the early members were instrumental in establishing the transportation network that we benefit from today," Mr. Matson said.
Mr. Jordan also served as the chairman of the Republican executive committee of Indian River County from 1986-87 and helped lead local presidential campaigns for George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and Jeb Bush for state governor.
One of Mr. Jordan's accomplishments that he was most proud of was pushing for a fire station on 43rd Avenue in Vero Beach because of its centrality and ability to serve all of Indian River County.
According to the family, it was fire rescue responders that were with Mr. Jordan at his home with his family when he died.
Mr. Jordan was also a member and the chairman to the board of trustees to Indian River State College, and was involved in selecting a college president.
In his earliest career, Mr. Jordan had four years of U.S. Air Force education in aviation and air transportation and was the youngest senior rated air-traffic controller in Miami before becoming a pilot for Eastern Airlines.
When he came to Vero Beach, Mr. Jordan started an irrigation business that is known today as Jordan Sprinkler Systems and the business is still family-owned and operated.