Bruce Randolph Gordon passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
Bruce was born in Orlando, FL on October 15, 1945 to Burton Gordon and Emma (Polzer) Gordon. Bruce is the youngest of three sons and is preceded in death by his mother, father, oldest brother, Burton Jr., daughter Teresa, and granddaughter Sarah.
Bruce dutifully served his country for four years in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge.
Bruce moved to Gainesville in 1969 to attend the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor’s in History and a Master’s in Education. It was during this time that he met and married Janice (Grady) Gordon. In September of 2020, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Bruce built a career at Santa Fe College for over 30 years. While there, he helped to build and create the Computer Science program and department. He also spent time as a career resource coordinator and collaborated with many Alachua County businesses to hold successful job fairs assisting those seeking employment. He retired from Santa Fe College in June 2017.
Not only was Bruce a devoted husband and father, but he was also an active and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bruce served in the church in many capacities; his most cherished time was spent as a Scout Master in the local troop of the Boy Scouts of America.
Bruce is survived by his brother Doug (Judy), his loving and devoted wife of 50 years, Janice, their nine children Greg (Amanda), Lisa McLeod (Dustin), Burt (Lydia), Christy Astorga (David), Angela Wharton (Jim), Cynthia, John (Courtney), Pamela, Monica Gordon (Bradley), his 28 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held on August 28, 2021 at 11am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 10600 SW 24th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32607. A Zoom broadcast will be available for those unable to attend.
A graveside devotional will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Shine On Academy in Gainesville, FL. Bruce was very passionate about education and the work his daughter Cynthia is doing to help children succeed.