Jordan Turk Eliades MS ’51 (EDU) of Bakersfield, California; Dec. 15, 2016, at the age of 93. His freshman year began at the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1941. His father died in a mining accident in 1942, leaving his mother and five siblings.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1943. He trained at various Unites States air bases, including Minter Field in Shafter, California, where he was a flight instructor and became a member of the 55th Fighter Group. During World War II, he flew P-51 Mustangs, stationed at Wormingford, England. He was shot down in November 1944, on a mission over Nazi Germany. He was kept in Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany from November 1944 to April 1945.
After returning to the United States, he continued his education, graduating in 1948. During this time, he met his future wife Frances Cook ‘Cookie’ and his daughter was born. He was president of his fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, and a member of the famous University of Nevada Salad Bowl Team of 1947. The family moved to Los Angeles, where he completed his master’s degree at USC. They then followed his White Pine High School coach, Dan Bledsoe, to Shafter High School, where he taught and coached 1950-53. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, godfather Theros Jordan, brothers James Eliades (Ruth) and Sam Eliades (Betty), and sisters Helen Herz and Sophie Pastorino. He is survived by his brother Nick Eliades, daughter Jane Eliades Davidsaver (Rick), sons Timothy Eliades (Barbara), Daniel Eliades (Christina) and Jay Eliades, grandchildren Jill Openshaw (Scott), Jason Davidsaver (Tiffany) and Jordan ‘Jordy’ Eliades, son-in-law Ray Pastorino, cousins Celia Anderson, Angelina Assuras and Alex Eliades, and numerous nieces and nephews.