Jon Fredric Grantham, 74, of SaddleBrooke, Arizona, passed away unexpectedly on October 31, 2016, at home.\n\nHe was born January 15, 1942 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the son of Anna Virginia (Nicholson) and John Frederick "Jack" Grantham. Mr. Grantham graduated from Har-Brack High School in Natrona Heights in 1959. Mr. Grantham played on the 1958 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League championship golf team. \n\nAfter graduation and several years at Penn State, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served for three years. He studied Russian at the Monterey Language Institute before being stationed in Berlin. After being honorably discharged as a Specialist 6, he was employed by the National Security Agency as a Russian Linguist. He had an exciting career about which he was able to say little, a situation that suited his quiet demeanor.\n\nIn April 1966, while at NSA, he met Peggy Jean Cairns. They were engaged in August, and married on January 28, 1967 in Albert Lea, Minnesota. They had one son while stationed abroad. A devoted father, he supported his son's many educational endeavors. Mr. Grantham also obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park in the mid-1970s, an education he used extensively in his role at NSA. The Grantham's lived in Crofton, Maryland for 21 years.\n\nMr. Grantham remained with the Agency as a senior manager for 28 years, until his retirement in 1994. His long service as a Russian Linguist and Executive was marked by memorable years of mentorship. His former staff call him "an exceptional leader and a mentor/role model to so many. He was a visionary, he cared deeply about people. Others say "he defined the meaning of leadership and mentored and inspired a whole generation at work," and "What I learned from him served as a guide not only for work, but also life." Mr. Grantham awarded his linguists highly prized, framed photographs of bananas for a job well-done. His employees still refer to their time working for him as "Camelot."\n\nWhile at the Agency, in 1980, Mr. Grantham was presented the Meritorious Civilian Service Award by NSA Director Bobby Inman for his analytic and managerial skills.\n\nAfter Mrs. Grantham retired, the couple left Maryland for SaddleBrooke, Arizona, where Mr. Grantham invested heavily in tee-shirts and golf equipment. An avid golfer, he won several amateur golf tournaments--and made six holes-in-one--in his lifetime. \n\nAn equally avid nature lover, Mr. Grantham went on annual camping trips to national parks across the Southwest; he enjoyed photographing the desert--its scenery, animals, and flora--in every season, selling examples of his work through his business, Outdoor Images.