West Pawlet, Vermont – Jordan T. Smith of West Pawlet, Vermont, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
Jordan was born in Oxnard, California, in 1952 to Marion and Ruth Smith.
After graduating high school, Jordan moved to Colorado where he developed his lifelong passion for hunting. With a developing interest in gunsmithing, Jordan attended Trinidad State College in Trinidad, Colorado, where he earned his master gunsmithing degree. In 1979, he accepted a gunsmith position at the Orvis Company in Manchester, Vermont, where he worked until his retirement in 2020.
He began his volunteer activities in 1980 as a hunter safety instructor where he met the love of his life, Rose (Kilburn) and soon thereafter purchased a farm in West Pawlet. He continued his volunteering as a devoted father to his two sons Taylor and Carson, by driving for the ski program JISP, mentoring with the Oxbow 4-H Shooting Sports and numerous school activities.
Jordan loved hunting, especially with his bird dogs, and traveled all over to chase upland birds during vacations from work.
As a member of the Hudson Falls Fish & Game Club (HFFGC), Jordan could be seen helping folks new to clay shooting.
Upon retirement, Jordan continued his volunteering at HFFGC and soon thereafter accepted the chairmanship of the Clays Committee. He enjoyed meeting and working side by side with the many dedicated volunteers, especially assisting with the New York State High School Trap program.
In addition to his wife and two sons, Jordan is survived by his sister Cynthia and her husband Doug, his brother Anthony and his wife Valerie and many nieces, nephews and in-laws who all loved his sense of humor, insight and devotion to family.
Jordan was predeceased by his parents, his brother Tim, his half-brother Wayne Smith and half-sister Fran Smith Hall.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Mettawee Community School, 5788 Route 153, West Pawlet, Vermont.
Donations in Jordan’s memory may be made to the Hudson Falls Fish & Game Club, The Nature Conservancy, or a charity of one’s choice.