TORRINGTON – Jorden Roman Escamilla, cherished son and friend passed from this life unexpectedly on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at the age of 32.
The world was graced by Jorden’s presence on December 7, 1989. At Torrington High School, Jorden was the number one varsity player for THS tennis. He was also a passionate and talented writer and in 2008, he was selected as the Wyoming Recipient for USA Today’s top high school journalist award. Mary Perkins, his tennis coach and Katherine Patrick, Journalism and English teacher, made a lasting impact on Jorden and he greatly valued their time together.
Jorden attended the University of Wyoming and was a dedicated Cowboys and Cowgirls fan. While in Laramie, Jorden began growing into the smart, capable and proud gay man he was to become. After thoroughly painting that town red, it was on to the bigger city of Denver, where he lived the life he wanted in a Cap Hill penthouse.
Jorden’s joie de vivre defined him. He was a handsome mustachioed devil and a sharp dresser at that. His was a delicious wit and to know him was to know how hilarious he was. To earn a giggle from him or, better yet, a howling cackle, was like winning a prize. He was the commensurate balcony party host on Pearl Street, famously for Pride every June and Halloween. Although he had one singular playlist containing the likes of Alanis Morrisette, Fleetwood Mac, ABBA, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Queen and Madonna, anytime he grabbed the aux cord (as in, whenever he possibly could), an impromptu dance party formed. He boasted well-rounded interests in film, literature, queer history, and remained loyal to the Denver sports teams to the end.
His aura was infectious and naturally drew people to him. Those lucky enough to be caught in his orbit were treated not just to the joys of knowing him, but also to the countless friendships formed among them which never would have happened without him.
He is survived by his mother, Renee Escamilla, father, Emeterio Escamilla, and siblings, Emeterio Jr. and Sarah Escamilla. He is also survived by his niece, Adailine Escamilla and nephew, Giani Lovato. He is preceded in death by a brother, Michael Escamilla.
Jorden is also survived by his chosen family; countless dear friends whose lives he deeply touched with his humor, kindness and passion for life. Although it would be nice to name the extensive list of Jorden’s best friends, there are too many to name and perhaps there are some not even known yet. The legacy he leaves behind is planted in the hearts of those who loved him, who are many and widespread. Jorden, who could never take a bad photo and was notoriously late to everything, left us far too early this time.
In lieu of flowers, family and loved ones request donations be made in Jorden’s name to the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
Services will be held Friday, April 1 at 1 p.m., at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Torrington. Graveside services to follow at Valley View Cemetery. Viewing hours prior to services from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Colyer Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held after the service at Cottonwood Country Club at 2:30 p.m.