Ricardo Lee Jordan was born on December 30, 1950, in Louisville, Kentucky to the late Everett Alonzo Jordan and Mary Elizabeth (Alexander) Baker. In 1993, he married Cheryl (Flanagan) Jordan. They were married for 24 years and together had three children: Sydney Carroll Jordan, Taylor Everett Jordan, and Morgan Elizabeth Jordan. He passed away at the age of 72 at his home in Schertz, Texas on August 13th, 2023.
During his early childhood, Mary Elizabeth married Emery Baker. This union produced his three brothers: Gregory, and the late Rodney and Patrick Baker. Everett Jordan later had a daughter, Regina Jordan, Rick’s sister.
Rick, or “Ricky” – as he was known to his family growing up– attended Wichita Heights from 1964 until 1968, where he received his high school diploma. It was during this time that he discovered his talent for music and received the John Philip Sousa Band Award, the most prestigious nationwide prize in the high school band instrumental music program, of which he was very proud. Also, he performed a duet with “Doc” Severinsen recorded at his high school. The album cover reads, “‘Doc’ Severinsen Concert: Wichita High School Heights, 1966”. Following his graduation, Rick pursued his passion for music at Wichita State University on a scholarship, earning an undergraduate degree with dual majors in Sociology and Psychology. While in undergrad, he pledged the Delta Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., becoming noticed for leadership community service.
Rick was drafted in the United States Air Force in 1973 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant before he was honorably discharged in 1977. Rick continued his education, obtaining a law degree from the University of Kansas in 1982, and later embarked on a successful career as a criminal attorney in Dallas, Texas.
Rick was dedicated to his career as a criminal attorney in Dallas, Texas, working for the District Attorney's Office, the Public Defender’s Office, as well working as a Sole Practitioner. He served his profession in leadership roles such as Felony Chief Prosecutor and Chief of the Misdemeanor Division in the DA’s Office, and as the Misdemeanor Supervisor at the Public Defender’s Office. As a dedicated Attorney, he devoted his life to serving his clients and the Dallas community. His commitment to his work continued; taking on a few new clients even during his retirement.
Beyond his professional achievements, Rick was a man of faith and a member of Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, and Lakepointe Church. On August 2, 2020, he embraced the community of Jehovah's Witnesses and was baptized in Cibolo, Texas,where he was an active member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Cibolo. There he found a renewed sense of belonging and purpose.
Rick had a fondness for traveling, music, ranching, and the outdoors. He even spent a few years as a Cub Scout Troop leader. He was skillful and witty. He never shied away from a spirited discussion or debate. He was a very proud man who had a passion for literature and his ever-flourishing knowledge. He had a passion for music throughout his life and enjoyed playing his clarinet as well as his saxophone, both in church orchestras and leisurely. He shared his love for music and ranching with his children. His eyes would light up anytime he heard about a rodeo coming to town or a livestock auction. He made his childhood dream of owning horses, land, and cows a reality, becoming a true cowboy at heart. His black felt Stetson hat and black Tony Lama boots were cherished symbols of his cowboy spirit.
Rick is preceded in death by his brothers, Rodney E. Baker and Patrick M. Baker. He leaves to cherish his memory the mother of his children, Cheryl Jordan, as well as his children Sydney Carroll Jordan, Taylor Everett Jordan, and Morgan Elizabeth Jordan of Royse City, Texas; one brother Gregory L. Baker; one sister Regina Jordan; two nieces Christa B. Martinez and Courtney L. Baker; as well as a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends. Additionally, Rick had a special place in his heart for his uncle and friend, Danny who helped to lead him to his newfound Jehovah’s Witnesses community.
Rick’s influence –in life and in death– impacted countless people, but especially his family and close friends. He will be greatly missed by all.
To view the livestream of Rick's services on Zoom please use the credentials below; the Zoom stream will open at 1:30 PM:
Zoom ID - 812-9379-8031
Passcode – 324-954
Sunday, August 27, 2023
Starts at 2:00pm (Central time)
Laurel Land Funeral Home