In loving memory of Captain (Retired) Joe Scranton, JAGC, USN. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society.
Sunday, December 02, 2012, 9:30:07 PM From Kevin ONeil: "All who were blessed to have met Joe will always remember his warm greeting and sincere care for others. We will remember him as one of our best calming and unifying voices. Our prayers remain with Joe and his family."
Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 12:02:20 AM From Shelene Taylor: "Love to everyone that Joe left behind and most of all to my friend BJ."
Monday, November 19, 2012, 8:23:16 PM From Peg Cady Lown: "My heart broke for all of Joe's family when I heard the knews. I've known them all so long, we are almost family. May God grant you peace as you grieve."
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 4:23:47 PM From Nancy Parker: "I'd like to extend my condolences and prayers to Joe's family. He was a wonderful mentor and I am grateful to have known him."
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 1:19:54 PM From Bella Mapeso: "My prayers go out to his family and friends. I will truly miss my friend and mentor."
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 2:54:14 AM From Salvador Gonzales: "My prayers and thoughts are with the Scranton family at this most difficult time. He will truly be missed. Mr. Scranton was my CO when I was stationed at the NLSO in Jacksonville, Florida. One of his many great attributes was that he genuinely had your best interest at heart. He always took care of his troops. I always enjoyed conversing with him when he came to Port Hueneme, CA for the Article 6 Inspections. The Navy has lost a great leader and shipmate!"
Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 7:20:06 PM From Lisa Vrtiska: "My thoughts and prayers go out to Capt Scranton's family! Capt Scranton was a mentor to all...he never let rank get in the way of what he had to offer. I first met him during an Art 6 Inspection in San Diego and that is how I got to know him more and more throughout the years. He will be dearly missed by me and all of the JAG Corps. We miss and love! R.I.P."
Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 7:06:58 PM From Juannette Taylor: "He was a kind soul, who listened without judgment and always encouraging. I met him during our command inspections and although I didn't know him very well, he was always kind, encouraging, and fun to be around. He is greatly missed."
Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 6:48:38 PM From Diane aka Dede Honn: "Uncle Joe, you are loved and missed by many."
Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 6:39:31 PM From Renee' Scott: "May GOD be very pleased with Joe and may GOD continue bless, guide, imspire and protect Joe's family and friends during this time."
Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 5:23:07 PM From The Cartys: "A great guy and a loyal friend, we shall miss him dearly."
Monday, November 12, 2012, 3:18:42 PM From Margarete Bagley: "My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Scranton. It had been a couple of years since I saw him (last inspection while in Great Lakes). He certainly left a foot print in the LN/JAGC community."
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Joe was a father, grandfather, loving companion, friend and mentor. He treasured his time spent with family and friends, riding horses, cowboy action shooting, doing anything western and touring on his motorcycle. He spent more than 44 years serving his country; 32 years active-duty Navy and 12 more as a civil servant.
I just found out that CAPT Scranton had passed. It was an honor and privilege to serve under him at NLSO JAX. He gave his heart and soul to that NLSO. He did a lot for me. We had a great time! I will say a prayer for the Captain and his family, although belated. He was and still is a great guy! LT Tim Kuhn
I served under Captain Scranton at NLSO Jax as his Leading Petty Officer. He was the best CO anyone could have ever asked for. He was 100% people oriented and would do anything for his troops, if they were wrong, he'd deal with them in private to correct the situation.
I like others have so many fond memories about him and NLSO Jax but two of my favorites where:
(1) When JAG sent out a message asking for a volunteer to fill a gapped billet in Adak, Alaska. I submitted my request to be considered and Captain Scranton disapproved it saying he was not going to get killed by my wife for sending me away for six months while I was on shore duty. After about three weeks and my third request he called me into his office and called my wife to see how she felt about me volunteering for Adak. She told him to submit my name because I was bugging the heck out of her at home about it too. Captain Scranton made a call to JAG and said to put my name on the list for consideration and their response was tell him he leaves in a week, he is the only one to have volunteered!
(2) When my tour at NLSO was up I got briefed on my final eval. In the write up section it said "Petty Officer LaBauve is a very out-spoken person - normally at the wrong time to the wrong person." I laughed and gladly signed it. At my going away luncheon he gave a short speech about not knowing what to get me. He pulled a small jar labeled "LOOP HOLES" and said I didn't need that because I would always find one to avoid an assigned task; he then pulled out a jar labeled "SPEECH" and said I didn't need that one either because I didn't know when to shut up; finally he pulled out a jar labeled "WISDOM" and said that he could only hope I used this jar of wisdom in the future to know when to use the loop holes and when not to speak. That was in June 1994, I still have my jar of Wisdom and has been used a lot!
I am so happy to have served under him. I am sorry for the delay in posting this but I just found his obituary a few minutes ago as I was trying to look him up on the internet. My most sincere condolences to his family.
I was saddened to learn of Joe's death. I first met him while serving together at NLSO Millington, TN in 1978-79. I've just learned that this was his first NLSO assignment, as it was mine. I was a brand new LN2 and he impressed me from the first because he was unlike so many of the JAGs I'd come to know -- he was obviously a Naval Officer first and foremost, i.e., you could tell he'd been around, in the Fleet. He always had a great bearing and exuded maturity, even as just a LT. I'll never forget seeing him working on some kind of do-it-yourself project in one of our spaces in that old building. I was impressed, as I'd never seen an Officer doing physical work. Anyway, our time at this NLSO was brief and although I eventually finished a career of 20 years as an LN, we never had the chance to serve together again. A pity, as he would've made any tour of duty more enjoyable. It was JAGs like him that motivated me to go to law school, after retirement, and become a practicing attorney myself. So, if I may, I'd like to say "Thanks, Joe!" May You Rest In Peace. Salute!
Joe and were the only Intelligence Officer candidates in our AOCS class. We had great times in Dayton Square apartments for AFAITC in Denver. My heartfelt condolences to Joyce and the family.
Joe, you were a perfect athlete, student, friend and more and married the perfect lady! You two were the King and Queen of our Senior year during homecoming. I see now from facebook, you and Joyce have sons you can be proud of and will continue your legacy. It was so funny when I told you I was Jan Heaton, you just shrugged and hugged me so hard and I will never, ever forget that. I knew she was one who everyone knows, not everyone would know or remember me. She was a good joe, but perplexed. You will never be forgotten!
I have never known a finer person than Joe Scranton, and will be forever grateful for the privilege of his friendship and wisdom.
Joe was the best. I'm so glad we talked over lunch when I was in DC recently. We shared memories--there were so many-- and talked of family and future plans. He was, as the saying goes, in a good place. God bless you, Joe
Joe was a wonderful colleague and friend who made the JAGC and those who worked around him better in every way. Rest in peace.
As a high school classmate of Joe's, I extend the sympathies of myself and my husband, as well as from all of Joe's classmates in the Washington, Iowa Class of 1965. We're expressing our deepest sympathies to Joe's sons and families, as well as to his siblings on Joe's so very unexpected passing. We, his classmates, enjoyed Joe's joining us for our last reunion in 2010 and will miss him and recognize his passing at our 50th in 2015.
This is so very sad.
I have so memories of Joe that I do not know where to begin. I will just say that he was a superb Commanding Officer who cared deeply about his people.
His approach was to always leave his duty assignment in a better position/condition than when he arrived. And he consistently did so.
He would spend his own personal time on weekends and nights doing physical work to improve the NLSO spaces. He did the absolute best he could to improve the NLSO spaces despite the funding shortfalls and would persuade the base commander of the need to upkeep the NLSO spaces as one of the most important assets of Navy.
He dedicated his life to the Navy--first as an enlisted man- and later as a Commissioned Officer of the Judge Advocate General's Corps.
I could go on and on, but I am deeply saddened and I will just end by saying I an extremely proud to have had the opportunity to serve as Executive Officer under Joe Scranton--a man who absolutely dedicated his life to the U.S. Navy and our country.
He will not be forgotten.
With my sincerest condolences,
The Navy JAG Corps is a small community. I knew Joe by reputation before actually meeting him in 1987, when we worked as detailers in Code 61. Joe was simply a superb officer, friend, and gentleman. He was always level and fair - never had an unkind word about anyone. I am saddened that he is gone. Our country and Navy lost a good friend and patriot. We pray for his eternal rest and for his family's peace.
THANK YOU to all who are contributing shared memories of Joe. Reading your comments is making a difference for me when trying to come to terms with this loss.
My strongest memory of Joe was my first meeting with him. He was leading a JAG HQ team at NLSO San Diego and I needed to meet with Joe about a personnel issue - informal sitrep. At the same time, I personally was struggling with the choice of whether to request orders to OJAG/NLSC. I wasn't so sure never having been assigned there. After meeting with Joe that first time, and even though I had not discussed the prospective detail with him, I walked away wanting the assignment. He was such a decent guy that I wanted to go work where he was working. And I never regretted it.
When I learned of Joe's passing I went back to some of our email correspondence just for the memory of it. The last one I received from him, below, was signed off "Happy trails." That rings true for me as the way Joe approached life.
"Well Jon, my old buddy Alex Karras died at 77. He was legendary at Iowa, great with Detroit (gambled a little too much once), was terrific on Webster, and as MONGO in Blazing Saddles he was a show-stopper funny guy.
We all gotta go sometime.
Happy trails, Joe"
It was April 1992 when I reported to NLSO JAX fresh from NJS. I was young and had only been in the Navy for 5 years. But it didn't take me long to realize that my CO, CAPT Scranton, was one of a kind. He was an incredible leader and a wonderful person. I had not seen him since 1994, but I never forgot him, and I never will. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
It was a singular priviledge to know and work with Joe. Joe was all that could be asked for in a Naval officer and compatriot.
I served under Captain Scranton at Naval Legal Service Office, Jacksonville, FL. Captain Scranton helped me resolved a life changing event that took place while serving under his command. Because of his professionalism, kindness and "down to earth" personality, I Survived. He was always amazed with my "natural" backwards writing. After the Change of Command, I presented him with a "backwards" written and framed poem (orange) custom made (by me) for him. He was special. God wanted him home with him. Until we meet again, he will be missed.
I did not know Joe for as long or as closely as many others did and I cannot write as eloquently, but I do know one thing. This one thing is one of the most important measures of any person’s life, and it is that Joe was there for people when they needed him most. In the dark days when so many had seemed to abandon you, Joe would be the one there with a warm smile, a kind word, and comforting advice...even when he might be hurting himself. Thanks Joe. Being there meant more to me than you can ever know.
My memories of Captain Joe Scranton span about 25 years as he touched and mentored me as a Legalman and LDO Law. As I transitioned into retirement, Joe mentored me once again as I made my way through the IG Community of Practice. Joe was the consummate naval officer and my friend. You will be sorely missed Joe -- I hope your family can find peace in your accomplishments and comfort in the memory of your gentle manner. LCDR Johnny L. Phillips, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Capt Joe Scranton was my CO at NLSO JAX and we travelled together on numerous NLSC Art. 6 Inspections. A true gentleman, he was a great leader, mentor, and friend to all who served with him. Our JAG community has suffered a huge loss. I pray that he is at peace, riding the trails with his favorite historical figure, Wyatt Earp.
I came to know CAPT Scranton when he did our Article VI Inspections at NLSO Central. I always remember his wonderful smile and kind words. He loved to share his stories and enjoyed many great meals with us. He will be missed by all who knew him. He was truly a gentleman. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
The last time I was with Joe was for a holiday celebration at the home of my director last year. My young niece who is a junior at American University accompanied me there. Much to my delight, she and Joe engaged in lively conversation the bulk of the evening. My niece's impression of him was spot on - he is such a nice guy! God bless you all at this most difficult time.
Joe was one of the good guys. They are rare. A gentlemen and mentor that I knew for only 20+ years. It wasn't enough. My deepest sympathies to Joe's family and friends. My heart is with you all. I will always cherish his kindness, his smile and his humanity. Cheers Joe!
i recall while in DC Joe having me go on ADMIN inspections with him. I a Senior Chief would always seek his wise counsel. He never hid the truth and gave me sound advice. A true friend who will be missed.
I have such fond memories of Mr. Scranton from my days of working with the Navy JAG Corps. Even after I left the organization, he always had such warm words for me when we had the opportunity to cross paths. He was a great mentor, even when he didn't know he was being one. I always admired the professional manner with which he held himself while still maintaining a joyful attitude. I will always remember Mr. Scranton with a big, warm smile on his face.
Prayers of love and healing go out to your family and friends. You are missed, my friend.
CAPT (ret.) Scranton was a true gentlemen who always had a smile on his face. I first met him during an Article 6 inspection at NAS Lemoore ~ 5 years ago. As OIC I was pretty nervous for the inspection (my first as a JAG) but when Mr. Scranton learned that we served in the same squadron (VS-38 Red Griffins), his eyes lit up and we recounted our squadron days for some time before settling down to business. When I worked at OJAG, I was always impressed with his ability to have a smile on his face and work through some stressful issues with a calm presence and a steady hand. My prayers are with your family, Mr. Scranton. I will miss you.
My memories of interactions with Joe go back to very early in my JAG Corps career. Every one of them is memorable and remarkable for his genuine warmth and legendary smile that always left you feeling better about the day. He was always so easy to talk to, no matter what the subject. He was one of the best people I know and will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Scranton. I just saw him last year during an IG inspection in San Diego.
"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
I have known Joe Scranton 23 years, via my job. He and I had a funny relationship over these long years. He laughed hard, loved hard, and enjoyed picking with me. I also enjoyed picking with him. We laughed many times over our shared times of picking with each other.
I am so used to seeing him in the common kitchen making interesting salads and breakfasts. When I walked into the kitchen this afternoon, I realized I will never see him in that space again.
I will miss you Joe, and I pray that ALLAH/JAH/GOD is very pleased with you and that HE/SHE welcomes you home. Thank you for asking how I am every time you saw me after learning of my recent trial and stresses. You will always have a place in my heart. Please know that you earned that place.
I first met CAPT Scranton when I was assigned to OJAG Code 30 in 2009. He was always so inviting and would make me "THE BEST" coffee! When we talked, I would always refer to him as Captain, or Sir, but he would wrinkle up his face at me and say "call me Joe." He was so kind and down to earth. I just loved how he took pictures of impressive meals before he ate them. It was very endearing.
God Bless you in your new adventure, Joe. We will miss you around here.
CAPT Scranton did the first Aricle 6 for RLSO SW. His schedule was tight and he had several sites to visit so we planned an office luncheon at one of his stops. The menu consisted of several different curry dishes. As we waited for him to arrive, I suddenly realized that he may not like spicy food. That thought quickly disappeared as soon as he entered the room and shared several plates with us. There should have been more luncheons and times to catch up. He was a very special person who lit up a room and touched so many of us. We will miss him but should carry forward his love of life and genuine concern for others.
CAPT Joe Scranton was a great American, shipmate and judge advocate. He possessed a refined sense of duty, fairness and decency. I am grateful for his mentorship while he served at the Naval Academy and his counsel over the last 15 years. I hope his family finds some small comfort from his tremendous accomplishments during his life and the esteem of his colleagues. Joe Scranton mattered and he is missed.
Joe and I share the same love of food...all of it! We were planning his trip to San Diego for the Article 6 inspection and Joe called to discuss the schedule we sent him. His first order of business was to make sure we would break for lunch by 10:45 on the day we were going to take him to Las Cuatras Milpas because the line would be around the block if you arrived any later than 11:15. A man who truly knew how to balance work/life...and food!! Vaya con Dios amigo!
When he first arrived as CO. He didn't realize we had music going through our hall intercom system. He kept looking for the source of the music he was hearing. He never asked the staff, he just wondered from his office and went back in. The system didn't work very well, so the system worked some of the time. The day the system was not working he asked what happened to the music in his office. We all told him, he didn't have any music in his office, it was in the hall intercom system. He laughed for about ten minutes and said I didn't get a passdown that we had a intercom system.
I’ve known Joe for 11 years. I had the opportunity to be part of several Art VI Inspections and during that time we enjoyed a lot of good food together. Joe liked to eat good food and enjoyed the company of others. With Joe’s office being right down the hall from mine, I’d stop in to visit and he would always listen if I needed a sympathetic ear. He would also share stories about his home and friends in AZ. He was there for me to talk to prior to my mother’s passing. No matter what the subject, he cared enough to listen. Joe and I had lunch together the Friday before his passing. I will not forget his happy smiling face! I will not forget Joe Scranton!
Joe &I grew up together in Iowa. Good man from wonderful family.
I came to know CAPT Scranton 23 years ago when I worked for him -- or as he would later tell the story, he worked for me. During that time, I married and was having a child. CAPT Scranton and LT D'Orazio use to love lunch time because being pregnant, I would have cravings for all kinds of foods that I could never quite eat so CAPT Scranton and LT D were the recipients of many good lunches. We had a small wager in the office for baby names and due dates. I told CAPT Scranton if my son were born on his birthday he would be named after him. There are so many stories I could tell, like the time CAPT Scranton -- then LCDR Scranton put a NAVFAC RADM out of our office spaces -- he wanted CAPT Scranton to bend the rules -- first time I had ever seen him upset. Even I was ready to run for the hills. Throughout the past 23 years, our friendship continued as we kept in contact -- encouraging each other -- often times CAPT Scranton was my sounding board. I will truly truly miss him!!!
I just learned of the sudden passing of Captain Joseph Scranton. Words cannot express how profoundly saddened I am by this tragic news. It is evident that many people loved this good man so much. I always felt a special professional relationship with Captain Scranton and I am blessed that providence had allowed our paths to cross. We first met in 1999 when I reported to Washington, D.C. and Captain Scranton was the Vice Commander of Naval Legal Service Command; and again in February 2007 when I was assigned to Yokosuka, Japan and Captain (Retired) Scranton served as the Inspector General for the Navy JAG Corps; and finally prior to my retirement from the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C., from 2007 to 2011. I have always appreciated and admired his warmth, experience, industry, forthrightness, and thoughtfulness - all the traits we value in our leaders!
I truly believe that I am better person because of the kindness he showed to me. I will always remember when I was struggling after painful surgery in early 2010, when I received a personal and unexpected visit from Captain Scranton and members of the JAG Corps family at my home in Northern Virginia. I must say, I was thrilled to see and spend quality time with them. Captain Scranton has always demonstrated a genuine compassion for others, and it was no different on that day. He will certainly be remembered fondly and missed a lot, and I take some comfort from knowing how many lives he touched before his untimely passing.
My thoughts and prayers are with Captain Scranton’s loved ones during this tragic time.
With much respect and love,
Master Chief Petty Officer (Ret.)
United States Navy
November 13, 2012
Joe (“Sir Joe” to me) was the consummate gentleman, mentor, and friend. He always had your back; he never ever wavered in his support. I first met Joe when we he/I sat on the same row at NJS; he the seasoned, accomplished, learned LT, I the brand-new JAG ENS. His humanity, intellectual prowess, and down-home pragmatism were self-evident then as always. Throughout the years Joe was the quintessential mentor, guide, teacher. Whenever our paths crossed in/out of OJAG/NLSC, he was also the steadfast leader, protagonist, confidant, friend. I was always the richer for any time spent with him. His humor, wit, calm confidence, and near perpetual smile (regardless of the then pending crisis de jur) are things of legend. I recall with extreme fondness his Article 6 trip to Naples, Italy to inspect TSO EURSWA. To see up-close his professionalism; leadership; grace; and easy interaction with all was simply a delight. Sir Joe, from all who have so benefited from your tutelage and friendship, thank you. You will be greatly missed my friend. r/Ken (“Kenny b”) Bryant
From 2004-2006 I served with Joe Scranton at OJAG. He was a true gentleman, always cordial and well regarded. He was also dedicated to his work and very fair in the official matters that he had to resolve. He'll be missed.
Mr. Joe Scranton-
To me he was a man who was a mentor, friend, father like figure, and a person who will forever be a family member to my family. I will truly miss him with all my heart and soul. I remember 1st meeting Joe during my DTS approving travel days. Our 1st discussion was in regards to John Wayne, Wyatt Earp, and Tombstone Arizona. We would discuss constantly about the old west, classic westerns, and the O.K. Corral. We soon realized that we had a close connection that neither one of us had known at that time would soon become a true friendship. I was very fortunate to soon thereafter become his assistant working in the IG office. This allowed our friendship to become even more enjoyable and that much closer. The stories and discussions that we had will forever be memorized and will be discussed with my son (who also admired joe as an Uncle). I will remember the hardest of days that we would have working in the IG office to include; working closely to achieve one of the hardest goals of getting JAG HQ an overall passing achievement in a Navy IG inspection. We worked long hours, stressful days, and even had heartfelt discussions to get our points a crossed to each other. Though, we managed to achieve this goal and became an unstoppable team. One of the greatest memories was my son's 1st b-day that Joe attended. He walked in the room and instantly everyone fell in love with his personality because Joe was that kind of person. He threw me the best going away party that any one person would even imagine. To include wonderful gifts for my family that I will forever treasure. I will always take the remembrance of the day of the earthquake and the expression that he and I gave each other when the floor and doorways were shaking. I will also remember the Christmas Video that Natalie, Jen, Joe, and I made; where we were dancing as elves and the expression on Joe’s face when he saw that for the 1st time. I owe everything I have now to include my new job, skills, leadership, and experience from Joe. He truly made me the person I am today and I will forever be grateful to him for that. I have truly lost a wonderful friend and will forever remember him for all my life. As Joe would always say and I will always remember this catch phrase of his:…… ~Cheers~ to you Joe.
I knew Joe Scranton many years, and never heard him say a short-tempered or unkind word to or about anyone. A few weeks ago my father came to visit me at work, happy to be there, but concerned he was in the way. Joe saw him walk in with me and his eyes lit up. He ushered my Dad into his office, surrounded with the impressive and endless memorabilia of Joe's personal and professional life. There, sitting comfortable with my Dad, Joe asked about him, about his trip, about his past, and got my Dad talking about his own days in the Army. Joe made him feel like OJAG - and he himself - had plainly been waiting for the day they were lucky enough to have my Dad visit. He spent time with him in an honest and welcoming way, and was genuinely interested in what my Dad had to tell him. It was touching, but it was so very Joe. He reached out to everyone, and truly never met a stranger.
Joe Scranton was a friend to my mom, my family and I. I will never forget his attitude toward life and the fact nothing really got him down. The one memory that sticks out the most is right before I left for my last deployment. Joe and I went to the museum at the US Naval yard in Washington DC waiting on my mom to get free for lunch. After which we proceeded to have lunch with my mom in his office while watching some talk show. Also right before I left for boot camp we all went out to eat mexican food at my favorite place in Annapolis. When he heard that I made third class I think he was a little happier than I was. His devotion to his friends and family was tremendous and I cherish his friendship to this day. You will be missed Joe.
ABH3 (AW) Matthew Beasley.
The Padow family met the Scranton family in Alexandria, Virginia many years ago. Michael (Padow) and John (Scranton) were good buddies and had great times building legos, playing video games, and celebrating birthdays together. Both Joe and Joyce were wonderful parents to three wonderful boys. Joe was a kind, gentle man and our family will remember him with love and prayers.
THIS IS WHAT I POSTED ON FACEBOOK IRT QUESTIONS FROM MY FRIENDS WHO NEVER MET JOE.
Joe Scranton was a Navy JAG Captain. I worked for him when he was the Director of Ops and Mgt for the Navy JAG Corps and he worked for me as a civilian when I was the Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Navy. He was from Iowa and enlisted in the Navy as a very young man. He later became an officer and flew on S-3s. He was selected for the Navy Funded Law Program, attended Creighton Law School, and began active duty in 1977. He served a trial and defense counsel in Memphis TN; a command attorney at the naval Hospital in Oakland, and then on to JAG where he was a management attorney who brought metrics to the Navy JAG Corps, along with email, computers and the like. He then ran JAG 's Legal Assistance Division and won very high praise for an interview he had with harry Smith on CBS Morning News on what the vy was doing for men and women deployed in Desert Storm and their families. He became the Commanding Officer of Naval Legal Service Office Jacksonville, command attorney at the Naval Academy and then his final job on active as the Director of Ops & Mgt. As a civilian, he worked for Navy JAG as its IG. Most importantly, he had a wonderful family - 3 sons I believe, a wonderful wife, Joyce, and he blessed everyone with whom he came into contact. Joe and I were buddies. I am so mad at myself that I let life get in the way of keeping in better touch with him. No kidding, I tried to call him 2 weeks ago but could not reach him and did not leave a voice mail. I will see Joe when I pass on to the next life. He was a great guy.
I will always remember Joe from my days in the JAGC and also at the Washington Navy Yard. He will always be a member of the JAGC and the IG family. HIs infectious enthusiasm was so contagious that whenever I was around him, I was always happy. Rest in Peace, Joe.
Joe and I talked every day when I was on AD and he was either my boss (1998-2000) or when he was the IG (2005-2008). We talked a lot about family, the Navy, and stuff about our upbringings. We talked one day about Bob Feller, a great Hall of Fame pitcher from the Midwest. We were discussing what a great pitcher he was, how much class he had compared to today's athletes, etc. At my retirement he gave me a Bob Feller baseball with an inscription that was unmistakably written by Scranton (I would know his handwriting anywhere). The baseball is in our TV Room- everytime I see it I chuckle. It always reminded me of Joe.
Joe and I would occasionally meet for breakfast at Reno's Restaurant in Crofton. Every time I drive by there I will think of you my friend. I will also certainly miss our times having dinner and drinks on Ego Alley at the Fleet Reserve Club in Annapolis. The sound of "Taps" is playing for you. I will miss my JAG mentor and friend!
"While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil." -John Taylor
Every morning both Joe Scranton and I were in the office -- we had coffee together. Our relationship began when I started with the JAG Corps and he saw that I needed help understanding the organization. In his gentle way, he started giving me hints and suggestions. Over the years (and a few thousand silly questions later), we became friends. He was one of the first to visit after the birth of my daughter. There wasn’t a big work decision I made unless I talked to him first. His gentle, but wise, counsel was always there for me over a cup of coffee.
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