Original Kawasaki Team Green Manager Dave Jordan (left) with race promoter King Kelly (Photos courtesy Kevin Kelly)
Dave Jordan, Sr., creator of Kawasaki’s Team Green Amateur Motocross Racing Program, passed away Wednesday (Jan 29, 2014) at his home near Jacksonville, Florida. He was 74. He passed quietly with his sons at his side.
“Motocross was an adult sport and Dave was one of the first people to recognize that with the right environment and machine, kids could be a bigger part of it,” said veteran photographer and ex-motocross racer Tom Riles. “I credit Dave for helping to create a fun, family atmosphere at the races. He fostered the notion that Team Green was a family. They would have an area set up to host cookouts, have fishing contests and really make it enjoyable for the kids. Plus the Team Green mechanics would take care of the bikes. It really helped turn motocross into a youth sport.”
After more than 30 years, the idea that launched the Team Green remains active today.
“If we learned one thing in those early years, it was never to put pressure on an amateur racer,” Jordan once said. “Just pat them on the back and tell them to have a good time.”
There will be a Wake to celebrate David’s life this Saturday at 1 p.m. It will be held at the American Legion, 1151 Fourth Street South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, 32250. In the spirit and style of Dave this is a casual celebration. All are Welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the USO, Naval Station Mayport, 2560 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233.
Personal condolences may be mailed to Mrs. Pat Jordan, 1650 6th Avenue North, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, 32250.