Obituary of Lester W. Scott
Lester W, Scott M.D. 96, of Ontario died October 18, 2018 at a local care facility. Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Ontario 1st Church of the Nazarene 1131 Alameda Dr. Arrangements by Lienkaemper Chapel, Ontario.
He began his college studies at Northwest Nazarene College, using proceeds from a potato crop he raised on a corner of his parent’s farm. He later transferred to Oregon State University with Paul, living frugally in an unheated room with just a sink and monthly 5 lb. tins of peanut butter, which he continued to enjoy throughout his life. He married Mary Stewart on December 27, 1942. He joined the Air Army Reserves, which allowed him to complete medical training at the University of Oregon Medical School in Portland while Mary worked. He began medical practice in Nyssa, during which time they welcomed Caroline. He spent several years in the Air Force as a flight surgeon, stationed both in the Azores and South Dakota, where Patricia was born. Following his discharge, the family moved to Portland to complete his surgical residency and Janet joined the family. At the conclusion of his training, they made Ontario their permanent home and the birth of Judith completed the family.
Dr. Scott built a busy general surgical practice at Holy Rosary Hospital and joined the Ontario Clinic where he remained in partnership until his retirement in 1992. He was greatly blessed in his practice to be supported by the most capable Betty Shannon, RN. In his limited free time, it was his great delight to develop his Ontario property into horse and cattle pastures, in conjunction with an Ironside ranch with partners John Sigurdson and Delbert Scott. His recreational pursuits included horse camping with the family of Mel Laws, backpacking, fishing, snow skiing, hunting, and travel, sometimes by motorcycle with good friends and neighbors, Blaine and June Wilber. He and Mary were active in Ontario First Church of the Nazarene throughout their lives, serving as teachers, board members, music leaders, and hosting many events and activities.
Lester and Mary became proud grandparents to twelve grandchildren and two dozen great-grandchildren, but they joyfully collected many more, welcoming all who came their way as their own. He lost Mary in 2015 after 73 years of marriage. He was faithfully and tenderly cared for in his last years by Casey and Juanita Wilber, the loving Shannon Quintero, and Angie Douglas. He struggled to maintain as much independence as possible, which eventually led to his fall and rapid decline. The family appreciates the excellent care of the staff of St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, and the dignity and kindness shown him by the caregivers at Pioneer Place in Vale.
He taught those around him vital lessons: study the Lord’s word; seek the wilderness; always get back on the horse; ski until the lift closes; take responsibility for your actions; and treat everyone with kindness, dignity, and generosity.
A service will be Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 11 a.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, Ontario, Oregon.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial gifts be directed to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries c/o First Church of the Nazarene, 1131 Alameda Drive.