Patrol Boat community mourns the loss of a larger than life officer

Published on LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Coonawarra, NT

Topic(s): Memorial Service

Lieutenant Scott Jarman's cap and medals rest on the Attack Five flag during a memorial service in Darwin. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)
Lieutenant Scott Jarman's cap and medals rest on the Attack Five flag during a memorial service in Darwin.

Lieutenant Scott Jarman, who was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident in Darwin last week, has been remembered as a compassionate, loyal, and cheeky man who touched many lives.

Family, friends and shipmates gathered at patrol boat base HMAS Coonawarra on Wednesday for a memorial service led by Chaplain Richard Quadrio. Scott’s partner of 12 years, Mandy Ward, and former Commanding Officer, Commander Melanie Verho delivered the eulogies, both reflecting on Scott’s gregarious personality and sense of adventure.

Lieutenant Scott Jarman's former Commanding Officer, Commander Melanie Verho, RAN (Attack Five) addresses family and friends during a memorial service in Darwin.

Lieutenant Scott Jarman's former Commanding Officer, Commander Melanie Verho, RAN (Attack Five) addresses family and friends during a memorial service in Darwin.

“Scotty never let truth get in the way of a good story,” Commander Verho said.

“Whether he actually landed a ‘metery’ (a Barramundi larger than one metre) we will never know, as many of Scotty’s fishing ‘waries’ got bigger and bigger, each time he spun them.

“Scotty was larger than life in so many ways, in all that he was and all that he did. The standout features of his service career were the friendships that he formed. He was a people person through and through and he would always do whatever he could to help others.

“While Scott cared about the future, both professionally and personally, it was never at the expense of living in the moment. While the destination mattered, it was the journey from which he gained the greatest pleasure and fulfilment. We would often refer to Scotty as Peter Pan, the boy who never wanted to grow up - because he so loved the life he was living, right then and there.

“While we are saddened that he was taken from us to soon, we should take comfort in knowing that he never wasted a single moment of his life,” CMDR Verho said.

Mandy reflected on the attributes that made Scott an outstanding role model and mentor to others in the Navy.

Lieutenant Scott Jarman's partner of 12 years, Mandy Ward, delivers the eulogy at a memorial service in Darwin.

Lieutenant Scott Jarman's partner of 12 years, Mandy Ward, delivers the eulogy at a memorial service in Darwin.

“Scotty has been the most influential teacher in my life,” she said.

“He made it very clear to me that his favourite part of his job - no matter what the role - was being able to mentor and guide those who were lucky enough to be put in his charge.

“He encouraged others to challenge themselves, and he believed in leading by example, never taking the safe option in life, and never staying close to the shore.”

Scott Jarman was born on 3 April 1985, Easter Sunday, at Calvary Hospital in Cairns. The first of two children to Susie and Brett Jarman, his younger sister Casey arrived 18 months later.

He was a top baseballer - a very successful pitcher - and an elite swimmer, competing at state championships. His childhood was filled with camping, boats, fishing and hunting; bush adventures, scouting, sailing, canoeing and more adventures.

Family and friends gathered at patrol boat base HMAS Coonawarra to mourn the passing of Lieutenant Scott Jarman, RAN, at a Memorial Service held in Darwin.

Family and friends gathered at patrol boat base HMAS Coonawarra to mourn the passing of Lieutenant Scott Jarman, RAN, at a Memorial Service held in Darwin.

He graduated the Australian Defence Force Academy, completed Maritime Warfare Officer training and undertook active and operational service in the Solomon Islands, the Middle East, and most recently protecting Australia’s sovereignty in civil maritime security operations as part of patrol boat crew Attack Five.

Excluding his time at ADFA and on courses, Scott spent his entire career at sea, accumulating six and a half years of sea service.

He loved his partner and his family, and he had a special place in his heart for many of his shipmates and friends.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: http://images.navy.gov.au/S20141808.