Homer "Scotty" Scott Jr.
February 10, 1935 - October 3, 2023
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Homer “Scotty” Scott Jr, February 10, 1935 - October 3, 2023
Homer “Scotty" Scott passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 88.
Scotty was born on February 10, 1935, in Omaha, Nebraska, the second of five children, to Homer and Mildred Scott. Soon after, the family moved to Wyoming, where Scotty spent his childhood and most of his adult life. Scotty’s early years were spent at his family’s Padlock Ranch, in Dayton, Wyoming. Later his family moved into Sheridan, where he developed an affinity for sports and music. One of his favorite high school pastimes was to do guest vocals for Rody Rotellini’s band at the Ritz Sporting Goods store, where he cultivated his love for singing and entertaining. Claiming athletics were the only valid excuse to avoid mending fences at the Padlock, Scotty played baseball, basketball and football. Football became his greatest passion. Under the mentorship of his coach, Carl Rollins (who assigned Scotty #42), he scored 42 touchdowns, and during his final game put up 42 points to help The Broncs secure the State Championship, as well as earn Scotty All-American Honors. For the rest of his days, 42 became his lucky number.
Scotty went to the University of Colorado on a football scholarship, where he met and married Janet Diebold, a beautiful coed from Minneapolis, and as he referred to her, “the prettiest girl on campus.” During his seven years at CU, he obtained three degrees: business administration, civil engineering and “monkey business.” After college, Scotty put his Engineering degree to work for Peter Kiewit and Sons Construction Company. Janet moved the family 21 times in 14 years, following each successful project bid Scotty secured. He took great pride representing the Kiewit culture, and finished his Kiewit Career as the District Manager, a post previously held by his father, Homer Sr. When Scotty was offered a "corporate leadership role" in Omaha with PKS, Janet strongly encouraged him to keep the family in Sheridan. He agreed. The two settled into the community where they raised their children.
He went on to become the Chairman of the Board for First Interstate BancSystems, Inc., leading the team for 25 years, where he humbly referred to himself as the bank’s “Athletic Director.” In 2003, Scotty was given the honor of Director Emeritus by First Interstate BancSystems, and for the rest of his life, he continued to enjoy working with family and building camaraderie with bank personnel, customers and board members. During this time, he was simultaneously developing new business ventures in the Sheridan community, namely the Sugarland Commercial District including Sugarland Apartments, Perkins Restaurant, Holiday Inn Convention Center, Candlewood Suites and Martinizing Dry Cleaning.
Scotty would be the first to tell you he wasn't “all business,” and he had a soft spot for Sheridan youth athletics and well-being. As a Trustee for the Homer and Mildred Scott Foundation, he supported a variety of sports facilities and physical fitness programming in Sheridan County and the state of Wyoming. Every year he scribed the “Player of the Year” story in the Sheridan Press, where he boasted of the local athletes and their talents by writing with his own style and humor, and giving each competitor a unique and endearing nickname. This was Scotty’s way of giving back to the kids that brought him so much joy. Scotty’s love for sports extended from the Sheridan Broncs, BH Rams, TR Eagles, Wyoming Cowboys, CU Buffs to the Denver Broncos. Later he founded the Sheridan Stadium Foundation and the Homer and Janet Scott Family Foundation to perpetuate his passion into the future.
Scotty’s final project was The Powder Horn Golf Club, which he started building in 1994. This was the perfect culmination for his life-long engineering, business and golf skills. The Powder Horn also offered him a project from which he could “never retire,” as he consistently expanded the golf course and its infrastructure. Thirty years later, The Powder Horn has become a thriving community, encompassing 27 holes of golf, approximately 1,000 fantastic residents and members, countless visitors, wonderful employees, recreational facilities and a lovely clubhouse. The Powder Horn will always be Scotty, Janet and their family’s true love and legacy.
Scotty’s dedication and loyalty to both the community and his family were some of his greatest attributes. He was truly grateful for all his employees and colleagues who became more like friends and family to him. Always enjoying inclusion and festivity, Scotty’s adult life was a continuous effort to demonstrate the entertaining skills he acquired at the Ritz so many years before. Whether he was hosting “Nashville Night” at his residence, or the first to sign up for the karaoke contest, there was hardly a microphone he wasn't holding, and there was never an occasion that didn’t prompt him to make a carefully curated speech and “Cheers.” He and Janet shared 67-years of marriage full of celebration as they watched and participated in the accomplishments of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Their love story was one for the history books; with Janet beside him to encourage and support him, he felt invincible. As Scotty described her, “She is the glue and fiber that has kept me reasonably sane all these years, I owe her undying love and admiration.”
Scotty was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Mildred Scott, his brothers, Dan Scott and Tom Scott, and his daughter, Susan Scott Baker.
Scotty is survived by his wife, Janet Scott, his sister, Susan Heyneman, and brother, Jim Scott, his children, Sandy Scott Suzor, James Scott (Desiree), Homer R. Scott, his grandchildren, Sarah Suzor, Sam Suzor, Brekken Baker, Baylee Baker (Brittney), Blake Baker, Blayne Baker, Bridger Baker, James Scott, Ryder Scott, Nora Scott, Benjamin Scott, Violet Scott, and his great-grandchildren, Niko McLaughlin and Ledger Smith, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
A Celebration of Scotty’s life will be held at The Powder Horn Clubhouse located at 23 Clubhouse Ln., Thursday, October 26, 2023 from 5-8 p.m. Service by Reverend Kevin Jones at 6:00 pm. at the Powder Horn Club House.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Sheridan Booster Club, (501C3#83-0296749),1056 Long Drive, Sheridan, WY 82801, for the indoor recreation facility adjacent to the high school.
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