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April 1, 2014

Former Muskogee man dies in skydiving accident

Friends mourn Jordan Janway, brother-in-law of Jimmie Johnson

Former Muskogee resident Jordan Jor-el Janway is remembered as a great friend with a passion for skydiving.

“He was always living life on the edge, high-risk,” said Tyeson Bebee, a longtime friend.

Janway was killed Sunday in a skydiving accident near San Diego. He was 27. He was the son of Jack L. and Lynn Janway.

Jordan Janway was killed around 4:50 p.m. Pacific time Sunday while skydiving with two other people near San Diego, according to a report by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office. According to the report, Janway collided with one of the other jumpers during free fall, failed to deploy his parachute and hit the ground. He was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Jordan left this world doing what he loved doing best,” said Taylor Nichols, a longtime friend. “Now he is flying high.”

Nichols said she spoke with Janway last week.

“He always had a big heart,” she said. “And you couldn’t get past his blue eyes.”

Bebee said he and Janway were best friends since they met at a church camp at age 8.

“He was always there for me,” Bebee said. “He was always a giver.”

Cole Teehee said Janway was really good to his friends.

“He took care of everybody,” he said. “You didn’t have to worry about anything with him. He was always real outgoing. He was a fun, fast-paced-living person.”

Muskogee Public Schools Police Chief Dan Hall recalled coaching Janway in Little League baseball.

“He was a little bitty kid who worked very hard,” Hall said.

Janway grew up to join the U.S. Navy, finishing basic training in 2007.

Teehee said Janway visited him at Chet’s East during the Christmas break.

“Last time he came in here, he talked to me about just hanging out and going out visiting,” he said. “He dropped in. I shook his hand.”

Janway’s sister is Chandra Johnson, wife of NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson.

“The Johnsons are saddened by the tragic passing of Chandra’s brother, Jordan Janway, 27, said a notice on the Jimmie Johnson website. “Jordan was an incredible son, brother, uncle and friend and will be dearly missed. Please keep the Janway family in your thoughts and prayers. The family asks for privacy at this time.”

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.

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