Scot Caughran Obituary

Scot Kenneth Caughran
Scot Kenneth Caughran

July 24, 1972 - May 5, 2017
Born in Ashland, Oregon
Resided in Bend, OR

Obituary

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Scot K. Caughran

July 24, 1972 – May 5, 2017

The Oregon Army National Guard is deeply saddened by the passing of Lt. Col. (Ret.) Scot K. Caughran, of Bend, Ore. He passed on May 5, 2017, in Bend, Ore., at the age of 44. He was born July 24, 1972, in Ashland, Ore., to Larry and Linda Caughran.

Caughran initially enlisted in the Oregon National Guard as a Tow Dragon Repairman. However, he was immediately selected, because of his leadership potential, to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS), where he graduated at the top of his class. He married the love of his life, Darcy, in September of 2001.

Caughran served more than 24 years in a variety of positions before his retirement as a lieutenant colonel. He commissioned through the Oregon OCS program in 2000 and his first assignment was as a lieutenant with Bravo Company, 1-186 IN Reg., in Klamath Falls, Ore. His other assignments were: protocol officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-186 IN Reg., which included a deployment to the Sinai in 2002; reconnaissance platoon leader with Delta Company, 1-186 IN Reg., in Grants Pass, Ore.; Bravo Company commander, 1-186 IN Reg., with time in both McMinnville and Klamath Falls, Ore., and a deployment to Afghanistan in 2006. In 2007, he became the commander of Bravo Company, 2-162 IN Reg., in Corvallis, Ore., and in 2008 became the operations officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1-82 CAV in Bend, Ore. In 2013, he became the battalion commander of 2-162 IN Reg. and in 2014 led more than 400 Soldiers on a deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Caughran also served full-time with the Oregon National Guard's Counterdrug unit from 2003-2005. He retired from the Oregon Army National Guard in March 2017 as an operations officer with Joint Force Headquarters.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, seven Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, five Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, and many other additional awards and badges.

Caughran also received the MacArthur Leadership Award in 2009 for his civic involvement. He earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration in 2012 from Grantham University.

He is survived by his wife, Darcy; and three children, daughters Morgan and Hailey, and son Logan, all of Bend, Ore.; his parents Linda and Larry Caughran, of Talent, Ore.; sisters Kelli Ensley, of Butte Falls, Ore., and Shannon Biondi, of Redmond, Ore., and many other beloved family members.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 16, at 12:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd, Portland, Ore. 97086. Attendees are encouraged to bring flowers, cards and letters of condolence for the family.

For those who cannot attend the memorial, cards and letters of condolence may be sent; Attn: Caughran Family c/o Baird Funeral Home, 2425 NE Tweet Pl., Bend, Ore. 97703.

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Willamette National Cemetery
11800 SE Mt Scott Blvd
Portland, OR 97086
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
12:30 PM