David Joe Ellison (who went by Joe) was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma, on April 26, 1929. He passed away peacefully in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA, on June 30, 2012. Joe was the son of David Riley Ellison and Lois Stockton Ellison.|
He spent his youth in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and graduated from Ponca City High School. Soon after graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy. He advanced through the ranks to retire as a Naval Captain with 33 years service. Joe graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and attended the Naval War College twice during his Navy career. He was a fighter pilot during the Korean and Vietnam wars and served as an Air Wing Commander.
Joe retired in 1978 and continued his education by achieving a Master's Degree in Computer Science from National University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego. He continued his career at Telesoft and Computer Sciences Corporation as a software engineer.
Joe met Bobbie on a blind date and they married in 1951 after a whirlwind six-week courtship. Their oldest son, David, was born in Oakland, CA, and their youngest son, Martin, was born in Orange, CA. They lived in Bonita, CA, for many years before moving to Seven Oaks in Rancho Bernardo to be close to their son David, daughter-in-law Sharon, and grandsons Michael and Andrew.
His favorite pastimes were reading, photography and learning new things, especially related to computer software, corvettes and airplanes. He enjoyed travelling, cruising, and spending time with his family.
Joe's parents preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister, Joyce Ellison Nichols and her family; his sons, David (Sharon) and Martin; grandsons, David Michael Ellison and Andrew Ellison; and nieces and nephews.
Joe will be inurned at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery alongside his wife, Bobbie. A military service is scheduled for 1pm Friday, August 10, 2012, at Fort Rosecrans.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Joe's name to the Disabled American Veterans.
Published in the Pomerado News on Aug. 9, 2012