Historic Lee, Lee Jordan, passed quite suddenly New Year’s Eve leaving his brother’s house after being with family and friends. Lee was a wonderful friend to the ECHO.
In the weeks since his passing, I’ve learned that the following was the recurring theme of his life:
Lee Jordan was loved, admired, and respected by Alaska, and by our community specifically.
As the ECHO editor, I was just getting to know him. Lee provided content for the ECHO each week, and we regularly emailed back and forth. In the short three months, we worked together, I had grown to admire him much.
I’m in no way qualified to speak on Lee’s life. However, this issue of the ECHO is brimming with the kind words of those who knew him well.
There are two stories by Lee in this issue. The first is Castner’s Cutthroats, a story Lee gave me in December. It’s a great story, and I agree with Lee when he wrote, “The service of [Castner’s Cutthroats] is a story every Alaskan should know.” The Cutthroats were the prototypes for US special forces units like the Green Berets.
The second story we have by Lee is one we posted online a couple of years ago. It’s about how the railroad created Alaska’s largest city. This story is Lee’s most popular story at the ECHO! There are several great photos with it. Make sure you don’t miss this nugget of Alaska history.
About This Issue
I want to share how this particular issue was created. Two days after I had edited over 15,000 words for this month’s original Winter Fun issue, Zach, Leah, Kaleigh and I got to talking about all the memories and tributes of Lee people were sending to us. It was clear the community was affected by Lee’s passing. We decided to dedicate this month’s issue to celebrating Lee’s life.
Next month’s issue with be all about winter fun. It’ll be March, and there’s plenty of winter left in March, right? Lee will have his last story in next month’s issue, as well.
I hope this issue brings those of us who miss Lee some small comfort.
My heart is heavy for our loss, for we did lose a great man, an amazing historian, and friend to many.
The ECHO family pours our hearts out to Lee’s wife Barb, his family, and his many friends. Our good wishes and prayers go out to them.
And as Lee recently wrote, “May God forever keep you in His loving embrace.”