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Jordan A. Lewis, SSgt., USAF (Fallen)February 27, 1985 – May 12, 2015
Jordan A. Lewis, 30, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015, as a result of a tragic accident while on duty at Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis, New Mexico, where he was stationed and lived with his family.
Jordan was born Feb. 27, 1985, in Hamilton at Marcus Daly Hospital to Jerry A. Lewis and Sharon Lewis. He started life on Gold Creek south of Hamilton, until the family moved over to Willow Creek, east of Corvallis, where he spent the rest of his childhood and adolescence growing up. Jordan was an energetic, inquisitive and outgoing young guy who was always entertaining and fun to be around, and rarely idle. From an early age, Jordan was very respectful and well-spoken, and always showed a concern for others. He was raised to be an outdoorsman and, from that lifestyle, gained knowledge and respect for his surroundings. The values and appreciation he gained growing up hunting, fishing and being outdoors with his family stuck with him for the rest of his life. He was an avid hunter of both big game and game birds, and loved shooting with a passion.
After graduating from Corvallis High School in 2003, Jordan enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Once he had completed his technical schooling at Sheppard AFB in Texas, he served as an F-15 load crew member and support technician at Nellis AFB, Nevada. From there, he was stationed at Buchel Air Base, Germany, as a technical load monitor, and later returned to the U.S. to Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona as a weapons load crew chief and weapon maintenance team chief. Jordan was serving as a special mission aviator (CV-22 flight engineer) with the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon AFB, New Mexico. He had served three deployments, two to Afghanistan and one to the Horn of Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Jordan met the love of his life, Samantha, in 2007 while he was stationed in Nevada. This introduction started an amazing relationship that was bound by marriage on Feb. 5, 2008. Their adventures together, as well as life’s trials and difficulties, only drew them closer together, making their relationship stronger because of the firm dedication they had to one another. Jordan was a devoted family man and always made sure that his family was well cared for in every way. He was patient, understanding and loving with his children and cherished spending time with them.
Jordan is survived by his three children, wife, Samantha; his parents, Jerry and Sharon; brother, Wade; brother, Jasen and his wife Kim; sister, Heather; as well as many nephews, nieces and extended family.
A man like Jordan cannot be summed up in a few paragraphs. His incredibly outgoing nature, intelligence and passion left a huge mark on many of us. He was able to grasp the vast wealth of experience, friendship and love that many people strive for in life. He lived well, was a man of action, avidly pursued his interests, and adored his family and loved ones.
The family has requested that memorials be made to the memorial fund set up for Jordan’s family, which can be accessed at “Fallen Green Hornet Memorial Fund,” gofundme.com/uj2j7g
The Missoulan May 20, 2015
NEWS RELEASE27TH SPECIAL OPERATIONS WING PUBLIC AFFAIRSTelephone: 575-784-4131 27SOWPA.firstname.lastname@example.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASERelease No. 15-05-13-02May 13, 2015Contact: Maj. Mindy Yu UTV Accident Follow-up CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – One service member was killed and another injured when a utility task vehicle rolled Monday morning during routine training at Melrose Air Force Range.
Staff Sgt. Jordan Lewis, 20th Special Operations Squadron CV-22 flight engineer, was airlifted to Texas Tech University Medical Center in critical condition, said an official from the Melrose Air Force Range Management Office. Lewis died of head trauma at 4:24 p.m. Tuesday, according to the member’s assistant director of operations.
Lewis is survived by his parents, his wife and their children.
The other individual was transported to Roosevelt County General Hospital via ground ambulance, said the official from the Melrose Air Force Range Management Office. The member was released the same day.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Editor’s note: The name of the medical facility where Lewis was treated has been corrected since the initial press release.