Feb. 10, 1952-Oct. 10, 2017
Palo Alto, California
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Long-time Palo Alto resident Mick (Michael John) Jordan died unexpectedly at home on Oct. 10. Mick was known to many Palo Alto families as their much-loved AYSO coach who coached coaches as well as children’s soccer teams for more than 20 years.
Aside from coaching in the fall leagues, Mick coached in the spring, taking many players to the National Games around the country. In addition to soccer, he coached YMCA basketball for many years.
Born in Derby, England, in 1952, Mick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Lancaster University with First Class Honors and a doctorate in computer science from the University of Cambridge. Mick and his beloved wife Jenny moved to Palo Alto in 1984. He worked as a computer scientist for Acorn Research Center; Olivetti Software Technology Lab; Digital Equipment Corporation; Sun Microsystems; and Oracle.
This spring he and Jenny became United States citizens and celebrated with family and friends at a Fourth of July party at their home. Mick loved the outdoors. He enjoyed skiing in Europe and the U.S. He was an avid bike rider who completed several Double Century (200 mile) rides; did the Ride Across Britain twice; and completed the Paris/Brest/Paris ride. At home Mick liked working in his garden and playing music.
A thoughtful husband and loving father, Mick is survived by wife, Jenny, sons David and Peter Jordan, and his sister, Mary Elizabeth Funnell of England. Jenny will miss the cups of tea he made for her every morning of their 35-year marriage.