Capt. John “Jack” Larison, Jr USN (Ret.), was called to Heaven on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, while in his home in Coronado surrounded by his wife Joan of 63 years, and their two daughters Jill and Jadon.
Jack was born on May 7,1933 in Oakhurst, New Jersey. His family moved to Miami, Florida when Jack was a teen. In High School, Jack was a member of the theater club where he most likely developed his passion for humor and ability to command a room. Jack was awarded a scholarship to the University of Miami and spent the next four years developing life long friendships.
Jack “jiggdogg” was commissioned an Ensign and designated a Naval Aviator after completing the NAVCAD program, receiving his Wings of Gold in March 1956. While stationed in Long Beach, California, Jack met the love of his life, Joan Cadwell. After a short courtship, Jack invited Jo to visit him in Oahu, Hawaii, during one of his many deployments. Deciding that there was no better place on earth to wed, Jack and Jo eloped on March 12, 1957. From 1958 to 1967 Jack completed General Line School and served in many Officer positions.
After completing E2A transition training at NAS North Island, Jack helped bring the HAWKEYE east to VAW-12 at NAS Norfolk. He became a plank owner (an original squadron member) of VAW-123 when the squadron was commissioned in April 1967 as a member of Detachment 59. Jack went on to lead four commands: VAW-123 Screwtops from ‘70-‘72 (an E-2 Hawkeye operational squadron), RVAW-120 Greyhawks from ‘74-‘75 (a fleet Pilot and Naval Flight Officer training squadron composed of E-2 & C-2 aircraft), Commodore Carrier AEW Wing from ‘80-‘82 (Commander Carrier Airborne Early Warning Wing Twelve consisting of multiple east coast E-2 squadrons & the east coast C-2 squadron) and finally CO Naval Air Station, Norfolk. Jack’s leadership and mentorship shaped a generation of Naval Officers, where the E-2/C-2 communities were particularly fortunate to have been led by such a wonderful man.
Returning to Coronado after retirement, Jack continued to bring out the best of society by reading to preschoolers, delivering Meals on Wheels, remaining an active lifetime member and Past President of the Coronado Optimist Club and a member of St Paul’s United Methodist Church.
Jack is survived by his wife Joan, and daughters, Jill Larison of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, and Jadon (Mitch) Calayo of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Jack “Poppy” had a great love for all of his grandchildren: James, Justin, Matthew and Michael and great grandchildren: Caleb and Arianna. He was predeceased by his son Jeffery Dean Larison, his father John Larison and step-mother Margarite Larison, his mother, Ruth Wooley and step-father Parker Wooley, his biological mother Leta Anderson and sister Geraldine Anderson.
Jack will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him, as he possessed an innate ability to elevate any community or organization he dedicated his time towards. From his Naval brothers and sisters: Fair Winds and Following Seas. From his family and friends: we love and miss you, and will always carry you in our hearts.
January 15, 1927 - January 13, 2021 On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, Cdr. James Albert Moore, passed away in Reno, NV, at the age of 93. Jim was born on January 15, 1927, in Oakland, CA, to Albert Monroe and Mary Louise (Corica) Moore. He graduated from Point Loma H. S. in San Diego in 1944 and entered the Navy as an Apprentice Seaman that same year. In 1947, while stationed in San Diego, he met his future wife, Margaret Ann Drinkwater, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Jim's unique breadth of US Navy service is worthy of a movie! His first tour of duty was aboard USS LST-1150, serving as a radar operator in the Pacific. Following World War II, he served in USS FRANK KNOX (DD742) where he sailed the Yangtze River on China Patrol. After two years was transferred to USS MANSFIELD (DD728) where his ship was subsequently struck by enemy mines during the Korean Conflict. Advancing in rate to Radarman First Class he applied for and changed his rating to Air Controlman in 1950, was assigned to GC A Unit 25, and advanced to Chief Petty Officer in 1953. Promoted to Warrant Officer, he was next assigned as Flight Deck Boatswain aboard USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CVA-39). Jim was promoted to the rank of Ensign in 1956 and assigned to Airborne Early Warning Squadron THREE. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in November 1957. In January 1960 he received orders to Naval Air Station, Fallon Nevada as the Aviation Fuels Officer. Receiving orders to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron TWELVE in January 1963, he deployed aboard USS FORRESTAL (CVA-59) and again aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65), where he participated in OPERATION SEA ORBIT in which Nuclear Task Force ONE comprised of USS ENTERPRISE, USS BAINBRIDGE and USS LONG BEACH sailed around the world to demonstrate U.S. Naval Nuclear capabilities. Commander MOORE received orders in March 1966 as Officer-in-Charge of Ground Control Approach Unit FIFTY-FIVE. In August 1968 he was assigned as CIC Officer and later Flag Secretary and Aide to Commander Carrier Division FOUR, where he deployed in USS INDEPENDENCE (CVA-62), USSA SARATOGA (CVA-60), and USS FORRESTAL (CVA-59). September of 1970 found Commander MOORE back at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada for a second tour, this time as Operations Officer and Executive Officer until receiving orders in August 1972 to Training Squadron Eighty-Six and Carrier Airborne Early Warning Training Squadron ONE HUNDRED TEN for E-2B "Hawkeye" training. On 14 April 1973 he reported as Executive Officer, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIXTEEN, embarked in USS CONSTELLATION (CVA-64). He took command of the "World Famous SUN KINGS" on 18 April 1974, and deployed to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf as part of Attack Carrier Air Wing NINE embarked in USS CONSTELLATION (CVA-64) from June until December 1974. He completed his Commanding Officer tour of VAW-116 in May of 1975. In 1976 Commander MOORE returned to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada for his twilight Navy tour as base Executive Officer. Throughout the course of Jim's 34-year naval career, he advanced through every rate and rank, from Apprentice Seaman to Commander, including Warrant grades W1-W4. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1957. Included in his many awards are service medals from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam
After retiring from the Navy, Jim went on to become the General Manager of the Nugget and Bonanza Casinos in Fallon. From there, he went into the real estate business before finally retiring for good in the early 1990s.