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.

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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.

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6500 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT

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I am sad to hear of Sgt. Whitney's passing. I was fortunate to work in the same building with him at the prison. I fondly remember him helping me on several occasions and remember his kind and caring presence. During one situation involving an inmate, which could've easily been dismissed, he showed such a deep expression of empathy that was rare to be seen at the prison. I am so grateful to have known him and express my deepest sympathy for his family.

Jaclyn Kahrs , Lehi, UT, US Nov 14, 2023

The Directors of the Utah Prisoner Advocate Network would like to extend our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Sergeant Whitney's 15 years of dedicated service at the Utah Department of Corrections exemplified strength, dignity, and compassion. His profound impact on both colleagues and those under his care will be deeply missed and always remembered. Please know that in this time of sorrow, the UPAN community stands with you, honoring his legacy and offering our unwavering support.

With deepest sympathy and respect,

Molly Prince, Chris Moon, Shane Severson and All UPAN Directors

Utah Prisoner Advocate Network (UPAN)

Molly Prince , Salt Lake City, UT, US Nov 14, 2023

The Directors of the Utah Prisoner Advocate Network would like to extend our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Sergeant Whitney's 15 years of dedicated service at the Utah Department of Corrections exemplified strength, dignity, and compassion. His profound impact on both colleagues and those under his care will be deeply missed and always remembered. Please know that in this time of sorrow, the UPAN community stands with you, honoring his legacy and offering our unwavering support.

With deepest sympathy and respect,

Molly Prince, Chris Moon, Shane Severson and All UPAN Directors

Utah Prisoner Advocate Network (UPAN)

Utah Prisoner Advocate Network , Salt Lake City, UT, US Nov 14, 2023

With profound sorrow and deepest respect, we, the Directors of the Utah Prisoner Advocate Network, extend our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Sergeant Jordan Max Whitney. Today, as we join countless others in mourning, we reflect on the life of a man who was not just a respected member of the Utah Department of Corrections but a beacon of strength, dignity, and compassion.

Sergeant Whitney's over 15 years of dedicated service are a testament to his unwavering commitment and exceptional character. He navigated the complexities and demands of his role with resilience and professionalism, touching the lives of many—both colleagues and those under his care. His ability to maintain dignity and respect in even the most challenging situations was nothing short of inspiring.

We deeply empathize with the loss felt by his family, friends, and colleagues. The absence of Sergeant Whitney's presence will be profoundly felt at the Utah State Correctional Facility, Central Utah Correctional Facility, and throughout the UDC administration. His impact extended far beyond the walls of these institutions, reaching into the hearts of all he interacted with.

In honoring Sergeant Whitney, we are reminded of the vital role and personal sacrifices of correctional officers. His life and service highlight the human element behind the uniform, a narrative of dedication and sacrifice that is often untold.

Please know that in this time of grief, you are not alone. The entire UPAN community and its Directors stand with you. We share in your sorrow and offer our support and understanding. May the memory of Sergeant Jordan Max Whitney's service, his enduring spirit, and the lives he touched bring some comfort during this difficult time.

With deepest sympathy and respect,

Molly Prince, Chris Moon, Shane Severson and All UPAN Directors

Utah Prisoner Advocate Network (UPAN)

Utah Prisoner Advocate Network , Salt Lake City, UT, US Nov 14, 2023

With profound sorrow and deepest respect, we, the Directors of the Utah Prisoner Advocate Network, extend our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Sergeant Jordan Max Whitney. Today, as we join countless others in mourning, we reflect on the life of a man who was not just a respected member of the Utah Department of Corrections but a beacon of strength, dignity, and compassion.

Sergeant Whitney's over 15 years of dedicated service are a testament to his unwavering commitment and exceptional character. He navigated the complexities and demands of his role with resilience and professionalism, touching the lives of many—both colleagues and those under his care. His ability to maintain dignity and respect in even the most challenging situations was nothing short of inspiring.

We deeply empathize with the loss felt by his family, friends, and colleagues. The absence of Sergeant Whitney's presence will be profoundly felt at the Utah State Correctional Facility, Central Utah Correctional Facility, and throughout the UDC administration. His impact extended far beyond the walls of these institutions, reaching into the hearts of all he interacted with.

In honoring Sergeant Whitney, we are reminded of the vital role and personal sacrifices of correctional officers. His life and service highlight the human element behind the uniform, a narrative of dedication and sacrifice that is often untold.

Please know that in this time of grief, you are not alone. The entire UPAN community and its Directors stand with you. We share in your sorrow and offer our support and understanding. May the memory of Sergeant Jordan Max Whitney's service, his enduring spirit, and the lives he touched bring some comfort during this difficult time.

With deepest sympathy and respect,

Molly Prince, Chris Moon, Shane Severson and All UPAN Directors

Utah Prisoner Advocate Network (UPAN)

Utah Prisoner Advocate Network , Salt Lake City, UT, US Nov 14, 2023

I am sad to hear of Sgt. Whitney's passing. I was fortunate to work in the same building with him at the prison. I fondly remember him helping me on several occasions and remember his kind and caring presence. During one situation involving an inmate, which could've easily been dismissed, he showed such a deep expression of empathy that was rare to be seen at the prison. I am so grateful to have known him and express my deepest sympathy for his family.

Jaclyn Kahrs , Lehi, UT, US Nov 14, 2023

I am sad to hear of Sgt. Whitney's passing. I was fortunate to work in the same building with him at the prison. I fondly remember him helping me on several occasions and remember his kind and caring presence. During one situation involving an inmate, which could've easily been dismissed, he showed such a deep expression of empathy that was rare to be seen at the prison. I am so grateful to have known him and express my deepest sympathy for his family.

Jaclyn Kahrs , Lehi, UT, US Nov 14, 2023

I am sad to hear of Sgt. Whitney's passing. I was fortunate to work in the same building with him at the prison. I fondly remember him helping me on several occasions and remember his kind and caring presence. During one situation involving an inmate, which could've easily been dismissed, he showed such a deep expression of empathy that was rare to be seen at the prison. I am so grateful to have known him and express my deepest sympathy for his family.

Jaclyn Kahrs , Lehi, UT, US Nov 14, 2023

I was saddened to hear about Jordan. Eventhough I didn't know him I know all to well the pain you're going through. I lost my husband Clyde Kramme 7 years ago to suicide. He worked 18 years as a corrections officer at CUCF. Know that Jordan is at peace and my heartfelt condolences to all his family and friends.

Colette Kramme , Monticello, UT, US Nov 14, 2023

I knew Jordan when he worked in property with us. He was funny, smiling and a joy to work with. He worked out a lot, he would bring is personal weight equipment up stairs at property. Jordan I am going to miss you.

Jan Curnutt Nov 14, 2023

I knew Jordan when he worked in property with us. He was funny, smiling and a joy to work with. He worked out a lot, he would bring is personal weight equipment up stairs at property. Jordan I am going to miss you.

Jan Curnutt Nov 14, 2023

I just want Jordan's family to know that so many people thought he was amazing! He was kind and cared about his fellow co-workers. He was a great guy that will be terribly missed by many. Praying for peace for all.

Cathie , Riverton, UT, US Nov 13, 2023

I just want Jordan's family to know that so many people thought he was amazing! He was kind and cared about his fellow co-workers. He was a great guy that will be terribly missed by many. Praying for peace for all.

Cathie , Riverton, UT, US Nov 13, 2023

Jordan, Thank you for everything you did for myself, my husband and our profession. You truly were a leader, motivator and a protector. Thank you for looking after my husband within the gates and then when he left. Thank you for having my back and always being available if I needed to poke your brain. You changed a lot over the years that I knew you but somehow you always ended up being better than the version before. You loved your crews and your dedication showed in your day to day interactions. I'll miss "creeping" your building and offering help. I will do what I can to watch after our people that you left behind. I am so sorry that your burdens overcame you to the point where we all lost you. May you find some peace and know that we will take it from here. Your name will live on with your crews.

Rest in peace my friend.

Jenica Nov 13, 2023

Jordan, Thank you for everything you did for myself, my husband and our profession. You truly were a leader, motivator and a protector. Thank you for looking after my husband within the gates and then when he left. Thank you for having my back and always being available if I needed to poke your brain. You changed a lot over the years that I knew you but somehow you always ended up being better than the version before. You loved your crews and your dedication showed in your day to day interactions. I'll miss "creeping" your building and offering help. I will do what I can to watch after our people that you left behind. I am so sorry that your burdens overcame you to the point where we all lost you. May you find some peace and know that we will take it from here. Your name will live on with your crews.

Rest in peace my friend.

Jenica Nov 13, 2023

Jordan, you have been a highlight in my life. At first when you were shy around me, it was because you made Preston so happy but it wasn't long before you made me happy and I saw that's who you are to everybody around. You are a phenomenal entertainer, even reading policies in a way that makes people like listening. 😉 You are thoughtful & strong & determined. I can't express how much you'll be missed but I love you & feel lucky to have witnessed your brilliance for the last 25 years. ❤️

Brenda , South Jordan, UT, US Nov 11, 2023

Jordan, you have been a highlight in my life. At first when you were shy around me, it was because you made Preston so happy but it wasn't long before you made me happy and I saw that's who you are to everybody around. You are a phenomenal entertainer, even reading policies in a way that makes people like listening. 😉 You are thoughtful & strong & determined. I can't express how much you'll be missed but I love you & feel lucky to have witnessed your brilliance for the last 25 years. ❤️

Brenda , South Jordan, UT, US Nov 11, 2023

Jordan, you have been a highlight in my life. At first when you were shy around me, it was because you made Preston so happy but it wasn't long before you made me happy and I saw that's who you are to everybody around. You are a phenomenal entertainer, even reading policies in a way that makes people like listening. 😉 You are thoughtful & strong & determined. I can't express how much you'll be missed but I love you & feel lucky to have witnessed your brilliance for the last 25 years. ❤️

Brenda , South Jordan, UT, US Nov 11, 2023

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