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Obituary - Frank J. Jordano Jr.



Frank Jordano died at age 84 after declining health for the past few years. He was born in Santa Barbara and attended local schools graduating from Santa Barbara High School in 1942. He served in the United States Army for a short time and was honorably discharged in 1943 suffering with viral meningitis.

Frank was a celebrity in the world of horse shows. He loved horses and as a child he rode in the old Santa Barbara National Horse Show at Pershing Park and was always a part of the Old Spanish Days Fiesta Parades. Frank became famous all over the Pacific Coast and Arizona as a premier show producer and manager. Some of his most successful shows included the Channel City Horse Show held for many years at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. He was the first horse show manager to recognize the Andalusian breed in the United States and to provide a venue for these horses to be shown. He managed the Andalusian horse shows held in California and Arizona during the years 1980-1994 and the Andalusian National Championship Horse show in Abilene, Texas in 1992 &1993. He was also one of the leading Saddlebred horse show managers for over 30 years, managing some of the countries biggest shows, including the Big "D" show in Dallas and the California Futurity in Pomona along with the Spring and Fall Classic Shows in Burbank, California.

In 2003 the International Andalusian and Lusitano National Horse Show Association held in Fort Worth, TX at the Will Rogers Memorial Center was dedicated to Frank with great ceremony. He retired as horse show manager in the mid 1990's and lived in Santa Barbara until his death. In later years Frank turned his interests to the world of Indian Art and the art world of animals.

Frank will be greatly missed by his many friends in the horse world as well as in the world of art.

Frank leaves behind his brother Peter (Gerd), sister Jo (Terry) along with nieces, Kim Jordano, Erin Daly Marra, Kathy Daly Hames and nephews Jeff Jordano, Tim Daly and Mike Daly.

The family wishes to thank a special friend, Adam McKaig, for his friendship and support of Frank for many years. Also, great appreciation for the care given by Dr. Kirk Gilbert along with the compassionate care by the staff at both Mission Terrace Convalescent Hospital and at Cottage Hospital.

The funeral will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, November 21 at the Welch- Ryce- Haider Funeral Chapel, 15 E. Sola Street. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Donations can be made in his memory to the Santa Barbara Zoo.

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