Jack Nealon, 60, of Arlington, Va., and formerly of Scranton, died Friday evening at Georgetown Medical Center following a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Trista Bayles Nealon, and a son, Jack Jr. She and members of his immediate family were at his side at the time of his passing.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of U.S. District Judge William J. and Jean Nealon. He graduated with honors from Scranton Prep in 1970 and the University of Scranton in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He received a Master's degree in Statistics from North Carolina State University. Prior to his retirement in January, he served with the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 38 years in the Information Technology Division, Research & Development Division, Census & Survey Division, and Statistics Division. He served as the Director of the Information Technology Division and the Chief Information Officer for NASS, and at the time of his retirement was the Senior Project Manager, Office of the Administrator. In 2010, President Barack Obama presented him with the Presidential Award conferring the rank of meritorious executive in the Senior Executive Service for sustained superior accomplishment and noteworthy achievement in public service.
Also surviving are three brothers, William J. Nealon Jr. and wife, Nancy, Philadelphia; Judge Terrence Nealon and wife, Lisa, Dunmore; and Atty. Thomas Nealon and wife, Linda, Newton; two sisters, Jeanne Loftus and husband, Donald, Dunmore; Kathleen Helbig and husband, Atty. Thomas, Clarks Green; an aunt, Nancy Malone, Scranton; 26 nieces and nephews, 10 great-nieces and great-nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ann Nealon Farrell and Patricia Nealon Graybill; and two brothers, Dr. Robert L. Nealon and Timothy Nealon.
A private family funeral will be held on Monday from the Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 West Braddock Road, Alexandria, Va. Viewing on Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.