March 19, 1955 – November 15, 2021
Scott left us peacefully surrounded by those who loved him and were loved by him at his home in Fairbanks. Heart failure has finally taken its toll on her once strong body.
Scott’s kind and generous spirit left its mark on everyone who knew him.
His life was an adventure. He enjoyed hunting, fly fishing especially on Clearwater, trapping, calling predators, mining or just about anything that happened outside.
Born into a military family, he has lived across the country, from Georgia to Alaska. He called Alaska home even though the Missori farm he and Gail planned to retire on was also his home. He loved this farm with the garden, Angus chickens and cattle.
Scott worked in everything handy where he lived at the time, construction, railway bridge building, bar service, school bus, but settled into a successful career in telecommunications. Offering a job in Fort Greely to help replace the telephone switch was the start of many adventures across the country for most government contracts for CDTS and Four Points Communications installing telephone wiring and equipment. It suited his adventurous spirit, his ability to organize a project, and his attention to detail.
A common thread throughout Scott’s life was his kind and generous spirit. He loved to help someone more than anything. It was a real pleasure to help the grandchildren as they started their own lives. He didn’t spoil them except for a root beer float or an Ovaltine shake before dinner, but gladly helped them financially get back on their feet as they worked towards their goals. Even foreigners benefited from his generosity as opportunities presented themselves across the country on their travels.
Surprising everyone who knew Scott and Gail, they met while working at Alaska Motor Coaches and quickly became a loving and engaged couple when they got married in 1995. Together they continued Scott’s career, working and traveling. together for many years. Their plan for retirement on the 110-acre farm in Conway, Missouri, was thwarted by Scott’s sudden health problems. In 2016 the farm was sold and they returned to Alaska to be with the family who have become to him the best in this world.
Scott’s relationship with Jesus continued to grow while he was confined and in pain. He rarely complained but often said how grateful he was for all that our Lord had given us even though he was not well. His grateful heart was truly a work of the Spirit of God.
Scott is survived by his wife Gail, son Nathan McBride (Shelia), Lyle Hutto, Ally Wiest (Donny) and 12 grandchildren, Jo McBride (mother), Amy (Charlie), Tom (Linda) and nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Published by Daily News-Miner from November 20 to 22, 2021.