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Daniel Jardin

November 8, 1937 ~ June 16, 2022 (age 84)

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Daniel "Dan" Jardin a loving father and avid New England sports fan left to be with his Creatoron June 16, 2022, at the age of 84.

He was born on November 8, 1937, to the late Adelino Jardin and Maria (Vieira) Jardin. He was
the 15 th and last child of Portuguese immigrants. His parents were both from Madeira, Portugal
having legally migrated through Ellis Island. When his father, Antonio “Jardim” was processed
in through Ellis Island the agent who hand wrote his last name spelled it wrong and the last name of “Jardin” was born.

Surprisingly and without warning Dan’s father died before he was born. Maria who didn’t speak
any English supported and raised her children by herself. In fact, “Avo” (Grandmother) also
raised many of her grandkids was hardcore and she didn’t take anything from anyone. As Dan
tells the story, Avo took to bootlegging during the prohibition to support her large family.
Unfortunately, she was caught. When she was in court, the Judge was about to sentence her to
jail time when Avo, said in Portuguese “Go ahead, you can take care of my 15 kids.” The judge
was taken aback by this and decided it was in the best interest of all to dismiss the case.
Dan was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts and attended New Bedford High
graduating in 1955. He was a basketball, softball and soccer player.

At the age of 18, Dan enlisted into the United States Air Force where he served as a Radar
Operator for 20 years. He retired with the rank of Master Sargent. His assignments took him
around the world and his fondest memories were of his time stationed in Spain. This is where
he found his love for paella. Dan received many awards and accolades to include Most Valuable
Player on Squadron’s 1959 Football Team, Achievements from commander for Outstanding
1969 softball team and team manager, Outstanding Performance Combat Crew Member,
Outstanding Operations Admin NCO, Outstanding Shelter MGR, Outstanding First AF Tactical
Evaluation and the "Bronze Star" for his service during the Vietnam War.

After retiring from the Air Force, Dan was the first in his family to attend college. He earned his
Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Colorado. Dan landed his dream
job as Recreation Director at the Community Activities Center, Peterson Air Force Base, CO.
Not surprisingly Dan received many outstanding performance awards, none of which tops the
honor of being awarded The Civilian Meritorious Award from the President of the United
States. He retired with 20 years of civil service.

In 1976 Dan worked for and managed Sears Tax Service. Dan opened "JardinTax” tax
preparation services and only until recently did he retire. His daughter CJ worked alongside him
and was fortunate enough to learn from the master and earning his respect as a tax preparer.
Dan worked exceptionally hard to build the best life for his family and there’s no doubt that
they were his pride and joy.

Dan was a simple man who loved his beloved Celtics, Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
He was always seen sporting team apparel and was fondly referred to as the "Red Sox Guy."
Loving his work as a coach and referee. He loved to bowl and was always in league play and
could be seen at the annual bowling tournaments in Las Vegas. He collected and worked on
stamps, collect coins, collect sports team memorabilia, playing Pinochle with his friends at the
Fountain Senior Center, going to the dog races, working in the yard, feeding the squirrels, riding
his scooter around the neighborhood and hanging with his 871 st squadron buddies.
He is survived by his son Kenneth “Rusty” Jardin and wife Marilyn (Kansas City, MO), his
daughter Cheryl “CJ” Jardin and partner Cindy Miller (Colorado Springs, CO) daughter
Jolynn Jardin Breashears and husband Mark Kevin Breashears (Monument, CO).
Catherine (Martinez) Bernstein (Colorado Springs, CO). Grandkids: Randy Martinez and
wife Susan, Dan Jennings and wife Jen, Jem Yaxley, Justin Story and wife Celsie, Summer
Acevedo, Meagan Breashears Timm and husband Mikal Timm (Greeley, CO), Taylor
Breashears, Christina Martinez and Christian Martinez. Great Grandkids: Natalie Jardin,
Haley Yaxley, Alexi Jardin, Athena Acevedo, Rhea Acevedo and Aiers Acevedo, Nicholas
Jenning, Megan Jennings, Zach Jennings and Austin Jennings (IA). Great great
Grandkids: Tyrion Jardin, Malifus Jardin, Kai Jardin and Ishizu Jardin (COS). Mother of
his children and lifelong friend Pat Jardin (COS).

Dan will be missed every day by those who love him.

Please Join Us for His Military Ceremony Service on:

Friday, July 1 st , 2022
9:00 am
(Please show up by 8:30 am)
Pikes Peak National Cemetery
10545 Drennan Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80925
In Dan’s honor, in lieu of flowers please consider a donation to:

Fountain Senior Center
5745 Southmoor Dr
Fountain, CO
Or
Calvary Worship Center
501 Castle Road
Colorado Springs, CO

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Services

Funeral Service
Friday
July 1, 2022

9:00 AM
Pikes Peak National Cemetery
10545 Drennan Road
Colorado Spring, CO 80925

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