July 3, 1927 - May 1, 2014
John Victor Graziano, 86, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and devoted friend, died at home in Dallas, Texas on May 1, 2014. Born July 3, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, he was a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division serving in both Japan and the Philippines during World War II. He had a distinguished 38 year career in public service in security and investigative work, including an appointment by President Ronald Reagan with Senate confirmation to the honorable post of U.S. Department of Agriculture Inspector General from 1981 – 1986. Earlier, as a result of the catastrophic grain elevator explosions that resulted in the loss of many lives and property valued in the millions, he was detailed as Special Coordinator for Grain Elevator Safety and Security directing all investigations. In the 1970s, while Chief of the Investigative Division for the Federal Aviation Administrative, he organized, trained and deployed 1500 Sky Marshals to prevent aircraft hijacking. At the Department of Transportation, he developed and coordinated an action program to protect International and domestic cargoes from theft and pilferage for all modes of transportation. He taught courses in law enforcement and crime prevention at American University, and the Universities of Georgia, Oklahoma, and Louisville. He developed courses for the Federal Railroad Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, and the U.S. Coast Guard. In addition to teaching, he contributed to three books on white collar crime authored by August Bequai. After retiring, he lived for 20 years in Las Vegas, Nevada where he continued to contribute to the community as a member of the first Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Citizen’s Review Board and the Nevada Bar Committee on Discipline. He was preceded in death by a son, Mitchell Graziano. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Susan Rives of Dallas, Texas; his children: Patti (Tony) Schmidt of Kings Park, New York, Linda (Robert) Bove of Parlin, New Jersey, David Graziano of Largo, Florida, and Angela Graziano (Jesse Wild) of Arnold, Maryland; six grandchildren: John Walter Graziano, Ryan Schmidt, Taylor Tracy, Lauren Tracy, Christopher Graziano and Noah Graziano; and three great-grandchildren.
The family plans a private memorial service later.
Donations and memorials may be made in his memory to the Independence Fund or Catholic Charities.Arrangements are under the direction of: ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home 10116 E. NW Highway Dallas, Texas 75238 214.340.8008