Donald Ray Scott Sr. was born July 29, 1937 in Great Bend, Kansas to Everett and Eva Scott. He passed away on November 26, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family, at the age of 83.

Don served six years in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1955 to 1961. He served in active duty for four years and two years in the Marine Corp Reserves. He has resided in Humboldt County for over 60 years.

He met Gay Music after his active service in the military and quickly married her in 1959. Together they had six children. He loved his family and always took such great care of them. When Gay became ill, he lovingly cared for her until she passed in 2004.

Don was a millwright his entire life after the military. He worked at Louisiana Pacific in Samoa until he retired.

During his retirement, Don loved to work in his garden and take long walks in the neighborhood, visiting with everyone he saw. He also spent many years volunteering with Hospice of Humboldt after experiencing their care and support with his parents’ passing. He loved to spend time with the elderly, either repairing things for them or just sitting and talking with them. It was while working with Hospice, that he met Judy Kjer whom he later married.

Don is survived by his wife, Judy; his sister, Juanita (Curtis) Holt; his children: Suzanne (Dan) Cochran, Tamara Pagliari, Donald (Amy) Scott Jr., Daniel (Leslie) Scott, Valeri (Jimmy) Wilson; his grandchildren: Ryan (Erica) Cochran, Tonya (Robert) Byrd, Matthew (Kenzy) Cochran, Nicholas Pagliari, Kennedy Pagliari, Tyler Shuler, Wylee Scott, Lindsey Scott and Ashtyn Scott; eight great-grandchildren, with two more on the way. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, who are like his own children.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gay; his daughter, Sherry; his parents, Everett and Eva Scott; his brother, Harold Keith Scott; his sister-in-law, Linda Scott; and brother-in-law, Gary Music.

There will be a family graveside gathering at a date still to be determined.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ayres Family Cremation in Eureka.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Humboldt, Inc. 3327 Timber Fall Court, Eureka, CA, 95503.


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