Juan D. Atalig, 64, who worked for the Metropolitan Police Department for 24 years before retiring as a traffic officer in 1995, died March 22 at Inova Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack. He was a Lorton resident.
Juan Duenas Atalig was a native of Rota, an island in the Northern Marianas. He served in the Army in Vietnam in the late 1960s and retired from the reserve in 1991 with the rank of sergeant.
His decorations included the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal.
His first marriage, to Patricia Ross, ended in divorce. His second wife, Sharon Trout, died in 2000.
Survivors include a daughter from his first marriage, Juanita Atalig-Taylor of Lorton; three sisters, Maria Lizama of Guam, Salomae Mandiola of Fort Rucker, Ala., and Agnes Naputi of Lorton; and one grandson.