SCRANTON, CAPTAIN JOSEPH "JOE" DOUGLAS (USN, Retired), 65, died Thursday, November 8th, 2012 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis MD, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
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Captain Scranton was born in Washington, Iowa, on May 17, 1947, to Robert and Theresa (Bruty) Scranton. A 1965 graduate from Washington High School, during his senior year, he was elected Student Body President and was a three-sport
team captain. He subsequently attended the University of Iowa where he received a bachelor of business administration degree in 1969. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the Navy, eventually attaining the rank of Personnelman third class prior to his selection for Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1970. As the Vietnam conflict wound down, he was trained along with his fellow Air Intelligence Officers to escort and debrief returning POWs; he later called this experience "the most memorable and influential duty and honor" of his Navy life.
In 1974, Captain Scranton was selected for the inaugural class of the Law Education Program in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, earning his law degree from Creighton University in Omaha three years later. He served in a variety of positions within the JAG Corps during the remainder of his thirty-two year Navy career, including his "most rewarding and fun duty" serving as Commanding Officer, Naval Legal Service Office, Jacksonville, Florida, and culminating in his roles as Assistant Judge Advocate General for Operations and Management and as Vice Commander, Naval Legal Service Command. After his military retirement, he continued to work for the Navy as a civil servant, serving most recently as Inspector General, Office of the Judge Advocate General.
Captain Scranton's decorations include the Legion of Merit with gold star in lieu of a second award, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars in lieu of second and third awards, the Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of second and third awards, and the Expert Pistol Shot Medal.
He is survived by three children: son Lieutenant Colonel (Dr.) Stephen Scranton and wife Erin, and their children Jack and Maggie of Davis, CA; son Andrew Scranton and wife Allison, and their children Austin and Avery of Ashburn, VA; and son John Scranton and partner Joe Roberts of Annapolis, MD. Joseph is also survived by sister Alice Blanchard of Huntersville, NC; sister Judy Skubal and husband Joe of Ainsworth, IA; sister Sarah Anders and husband Paul of Washington, IA; brother Paul Scranton and wife Joyce of Ankeny, IA; dear friend Barbara Jo Salomon, and her children Ella and Gunner of Tombstone, AZ; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
There will be a memorial service at the Doubletree by Hilton Annapolis on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 1PM. Condolences may be submitted online at: http://tinyurl.com/jagjoe, or via mail c/o Stephen Scranton, 1306 W 8th St, Davis, CA, 95616.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 (www.woundedwarriorproject.org), or to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society 875 North Randolph Street, suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203 (http://www.nmcrs.org)
Published in The Capital on Nov. 14, 2012