As a member of the Texas Koi and Fancy Goldfish Society he spearheaded the annual koi show, making it one of the premier events in the koi hobby show circuit. He invited guest dealers and breeders and established special koi events. Quickly, he became a well known figure as a koi show entrant, lecturer and writer, sharing his vast knowledge with all.
Ray became a certified American Koi Judge first affiliating with Associated Koi Clubs of America. Within that organization, he took charge of the country wide KHV fundraising, education, and research programs, organizing a network of speakers and volunteers who would spread the latest information on KHV. He was also instrumental in the development of the highly regarded Koi Health Advisor program. Later, he helped form and organize the American Koi Judges Association, serving as one of its directors with great political diplomacy and integrity.
Ray charted new waters as he judged in South Africa, Brazil, Japan, and Europe. He also became a ZNA Local Certified judge. Ray, with the gift of speaking and an outgoing personality, was truly an ambassador for the koi hobby in America.
As a koi mentor and a dear friend, Ray will forever be remembered for his knowledge of all facets of the koi hobby, his hard work and dedication, his leadership, his kindness and generosity, and his sense of humor. He was respected and loved. We are grateful for the all too short time he generously shared with us and will be in our hearts forever.
Our heartfelt condolences go to his wife and soul mate, Martha, and to the family.
AKJA Certified Koi Judge
Raymond Douglas Jordan, age 65, passed away on Thursday, August 7, 2014. He was born in Corpus Christi, Texas to John and Jessie Jordan.
Ray graduated from the University of Corpus Christi with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science which led to his long and successful career with Johnson & Johnson.
He loved to travel and was an avid outdoorsman. Ray was a member of the American Koi Judges Association, Texas Koi and Fancy Goldfish Society, and ZNA.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Martha Jordan; daughters, Crystal Gore (Doug) and Kim Pinkham (Chad); grandchildren, Rachel, Tyler, Emily and Mason; parents, John and Jessie Jordan; brother, J.P. Jordan (Francie) and nephews, John Paul (Patty) and Spencer (Curran).
Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 1 PM
Porter Loring North Chapel
Charles Carlisle will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders at www.doctorswithoutborders.org. Click on the tab “Donate.”
Your expressions of sympathy and condolences may be sent to:
Ray & Martha Jordan
15514 Elm Park
San Antonio, TX 78247