“I” “J” (Ike) (Bubba) Jordan passed away peacefully on September 3, 2022, at the age of 85, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ike was born January 1, 1937, in Midway, Alabama to Lee Roy Jordan and Essie B. Brown.
Ike, along with his sisters, Earlie and Jean, and his brother, Louis were raised by his single mom and his Aunt Mary along with her son, Frank, and daughter, Mamie. Ike’s mom passed away at an early age. After her passing, Ike and his siblings were separated and lived with other family members. Ike would then be raised by his Uncle Louis and Aunt Leila.
Ike graduated from Parker High School on May 31, 1955, as Robert Jordan.
As a child, Ike grew up with the name of Robert “Bubba” Jordan. It wasn’t until after high school, he discovered from his birth certificate that his birth name was “I” “J” Jordan. Ever since then, he went by the name “I” “J” or Ike.
Ike was an extremely educated and well-spoken man. Listed are his educational accomplishments:
After high school, Ike attended Keegan Technical Institute in Memphis, Tennessee, and received a diploma in Electronics on January 31, 1958. Shortly after receiving his diploma at Keegan Institute, he joined the Air Force.
While in the Air Force, Ike met Hattie Heard. Ike and Hattie married in 1962 and they would have three children; Arvin, Audrey, and Aldric.
Ike completed his two-year curriculum and received his Associate in Science Degree in Electronics from Long Beach City College on June 17, 1970.
In the Spring of 1972, Ike was on the California State University, Long Beach Dean’s Honor List, and he would go on to receive his Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Industrial Arts/Electronics/Graphic Arts from California State University, Long Beach on June 8, 1973.
Ike received his Master of Arts Degree with a major in Vocational Education from California State University, Long Beach on August 29, 1975.
February 15, 1976, Ike would go on to join the Kappa Delta Pi, Lambda Chi Chapter, “An Honor Society in Education”, at California State University, Long Beach.
Not only was Ike a well-educated man, but work was just as equally important. See his work accomplishments:
Ike served in the United States Air Force from 1958-1962. After serving 4 years in the Air Force, he served an additional 3 years in the Reserves. Ike was Honorably Discharged from the Air National Guard of California and the Reserve of the United States Air Force as an SSGT, from the 148th Communications Squadron (TT) on July 20, 1965.
Ike’s work history includes Nortronics (Division of Northrop) and the City of Anaheim, where he worked as a Communications Technician; and the City of Los Angeles, where he worked as a Communications Electrician.
After receiving his multitude of degrees Ike started teaching Electronics from 1973 – 1982; at California State University of Long Beach (1973-1975), Orange Coast College (1974-1976), and Clark County Community College (1976-1982).
One of Ike’s most prized and proudest moments was in 1976 when Ike and Hattie opened a computer store in Las Vegas, NV called “Home Computers”, located at the time in Liberace Plaza. The store sold and repaired TVs, video games, computers, and all different types of video electronics. This was also, officially, the first Apple computer store in Las Vegas. All of Ike’s education and work experience definitely helped him prepare for the store. There was not a single type of electronic equipment he could not repair.
Eventually, the store moved from the original location to a building on East Sahara Ave and the name was changed to “Camputerite”. “Camputerite” was spelled with an “a” as opposed to an “o”, so it would appear first in the phone book. Ike thought out everything.
Ike was preceded in death by; his parents; his sister, Earlie B. Williams; his aunts and uncles; and his son, Arvin Jordan.
Ike is survived by: daughter, Audrey Jordan; son, Aldric (Stephanie) Jordan, brother; Louis Temple, sister; Gwendolyn Jean Collins, grandkids; Ashley Jordan, Ostean Demps IV, Tameka Demps, Alexander Jordan, Aubrianna Jordan, Alliah, Jordan and Joshua (Jordan) Young, and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.