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Donald W. Jordan, retired FAA electronics engineer

July 22, 1933 – Oct. 6, 2016

Donald Walter Jordan, of Buffalo, a retired electronics engineer, died last Thursday in Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 83.

Born in Buffalo, the only boy among six children, he accompanied his father delivering ice and coal. After graduating in 1952 from Seneca Vocational High School, where he studied electronics, he enlisted in the Navy and was deployed to Asia and South America as an electronics technician.

Returning from service, for a few years he was a mail clerk for the U.S. Postal Service, then became an electronics engineer with the Federal Aviation Administration, working on runway lighting systems at airports around the nation. He retired in 1994.

Mr. Jordan was adept with computers and electronics and enjoyed cooking, always trying new dishes. A jazz enthusiast and fan of Charlie Parker, he played saxophone and piano as a pastime and often attended the Colored Musicians Club.

He also enjoyed cards and board games and possessed a photographic memory, citing poems, song lyrics and statistics with ease.

In the 1980s, he was one of the first beta testers for Empire of America’s online banking service before it was released to the public.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, the former Marcianita Price; two daughters, Brigette Gillespie and Vastye Gillespie; two sisters, Juanita Wilkerson and Doris Young; and two granddaughters.

Services will be held at noon Thursday in Mount Aaron Baptist Church, 540 Genesee St.

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