Marion Dargan III


USNR (Ret.)

Jacksonville, Floria

Captain Marion DARGAN, III, (USNR Ret.) of Cypress Village in Jacksonville, FL, died April 17, 2004 at the age of 79. Captain Dargan, was born in Bluefield, WV on September 11, 1934.

He was a Boy Scout and achieved the rank of Eagle. He was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy then the Naval ROTC at the University of New Mexico in February, 1945. He served aboard ship in the Pacific in the last several months of World War II. Later, he also served on sea duty during the Korean War and shore duty during the Vietnam War. Altogether, he served aboard four Navy ships.

Assignments included the Naval Supply Depot, Yokosuka, Japan and shore duty at the David Taylor Model Basin, Carderock, MD, the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA, the General Stores Supply Offie, Philadelphia, PA and in Norfolk, VA and Washington, DC. In Norfolk he was assigned to the staff of the Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic (a NATO Command). His final tour was at the Naval Air Systems Command, Washington, DC.

He earned his BA degree from University of New Mexico with a major in Business Administration in 1950. In 1959 he received an MBA in accounting from the Wharton Graduate Division, University of Pennsylvania.

In his second career as a civilian, he served the government for eighteen years at the Defense Logistics Agency. His final job there was as the Budget and Program Officer of the Defense Fuel Supply Center. In this position he made seven trips to Somalia where he negotiated and administered memoranda with the Somali government to provide fuel support for U.S. Forces.

Mr. Dargan was a Founding Trustee of the Church at Northern Virginia now located in Oakton, VA. He served for many years as Elder and several years as Treasurer. In 1975 the church elected to start a theological seminary. Elder Dragon served on the committee planning for the seminary and later on the Governing Board. He was also the Administrator (accountant, budgeteer, tuition collector, book store operator, etc). The Whole World Theological Seminary operated from 1976 through 1982. He is currently a member of Beaches Chapel Church, Neptune Beach, FL.

Family members include his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth Ann Paisley Dargan of Jacksonville, FL; three sons, William Scott Dargan of Fairfax, VA, John Paisley Dargan of Orange City, FL and David D. Dargan of Fredericksburg, VA; five grandchildren and a sister, Elizabeth Erickson of Albuquerque, NM.

A Memorial Service was held, Friday, April 23, 2004 in Jacksonville, FL. Graveside committal services with full military honor's will be held at 9:00 a.m., June 16th in the Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Beaches Chapel Church, 610 Florida Blvd., Neptune Beach, FL 32266 or to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jackson, FL 32257. Services under the direction and care of QUINN-SHALZ, A FAMILY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, Jacksonville Beach, FL 904-249-1100