With heavy hearts, we share the loss of our most loved and treasured son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend, Jordan Max Whitney, who passed away on November 7, 2023. Jordan was born on December 29, 1982 to Robert and LeAnn Whitney in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a funny and creative kid who entertained his siblings Preston, Charity, and Rachel as well as friends, neighbors, and extended family members. He put his own spin on every activity and opportunity and kept those around him laughing. He deeply loved and was devoted to his family.
After high school, Jordan studied Criminal Justice at Weber State University, Salt Lake Community College, and the University of Utah. He liked learning and shared many ideas that started in classes and grew into his own brand of lighthearted philosophy discussions. Jordan embarked on an impressive career with the Utah State Prison as a Corrections Officer and later a Sergeant. He spent more than 15 years there, always committed to excellency in his profession. He treated employees and inmates alike with dignity and respect, even in the most challenging circumstances. He saw unspeakable things and kept going back for the protection of society. Through these shocking occurrences, he formed tight bonds with other officers. He also became a freemason, enjoying the benefits of service and brotherhood. Jordan loved to serve others and was generous with his resources. He was welcoming and cared deeply for anybody he crossed paths with. He looked out for and advocated for the underdogs. He loved working out and hiking, exploring on foot countless miles of mountainous terrain. Jordan was a talented writer, often sharing short, hilarious stories with friends and family members. His quick wit in person and in writing brought many immediate smiles. He cheered up everybody around him. He often sent pictures and videos of him eating, working out, or doing other everyday things but his version of these things would melt away troubles and give people the ability to see the good in life. We wish there had been a way for us to have melted Jordan’s troubles away and eased his suffering but there is no doubt this world is a better place because he was in it. He will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him.
A viewing will be held at 5107 South 5600 West in Kearns at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints building, on Tuesday, November 14 at 1:00 p.m., followed by a funeral at 2:00 pm.
Interment will take place at Redwood Memorial Cemetery, 6500 South Redwood Road in West Jordan.
Please select the livestream link below to watch the service.