Graziano, John V.

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


3 replies on “Graziano, John V.”

Steve Sanders says:


My family will remember you and yours in our prayers. Please accept our sincere condolences. I didn’t know John well but he was always a gracious gentleman when our paths crossed and that is not something that can be said of many. When someone I love moves on, I always think about the allegory that the first Christian missionaries gave to the Vikings when they were trying to explain the concept of the soul and life and death. The compared the soul to a sea bird that, quite by accident, flies in the open window of a mead hall where a great feast is going on. Flying among the torches and the flying horns thrown by the revelers, often startled by the screeches of laughter, the bird finds rest among the rafters, from time to time, and then sets off again in flight, seeking escape. Finally, once again by accident, the bird finds the open window and flies free, back into the night sky. So I never think of them as gone, I think of them as free.

Our thoughts are with you,
Steve and Melody

Bonnie Bridgers Saur says:

In June 1963 my first job out of high school was at the FAA in the Compliance and Security Division. Mr. Graziano and Mr. Bill Imandt were my bosses. I traveled often with Mr. Graziano to do the confidential secretarial work required during his field investigations. He was a great boss and I worked for him two years before I transferred to the FAA in Washington, D.C. I’m not surprised he had an impressive career. He was very good at his job, and I loved working for him. But I had no idea he lived in Dallas. I’m in Irving. Today is Saturday and I just saw the obit in the Dallas paper. If there is a service for him, I would like to attend if possible.

Bonnie Bridgers Saur, Irving

john Walter Graziano 2 says:

he was my gran dad i only met him 2 times but he was a great person and a good paratrooper RIP gran dad

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