James Scott

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James Allen Scott (Jim) of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on April 26, 2014. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 7, 1947 to his father, the late William Duncan Scott and survived by his mother, Iamola Cristelle (Cris) Scott. Jim was married in 1975 and is survived by his wife of 39 years; Joyce Anne Scott. Jim and his wife both grew up in Lower Michigan and after their marriage they enjoyed a life in the woods of Upper Michigan. They purchased property and built a log cabin in the small town of Big Bay Michigan. The birth of a beautiful son was what made them decide to change plans of living a quiet life in the woods, of a town that at the time was only 300 year round residents. They felt it was a bit too isolated to raise a child. After bringing their nine month old son to Texas to visit Jim's Grandmother for Christmas in 1981, they decided to relocate and made San Antonio their home.

Jim is survived by his son, William Roy Scott; his daughter-in-law, Blaire Mary Scott; and his two precious grandsons, James Richard Scott, age 5, and Declan Parker Scott, age 3. Jim said that being a father was indeed one of life's grandest moments; but being a grandfather was a joy he could not have imagined. He spent countless hours on the floor playing trucks and building Legos with his grandsons. An extra special enjoyment he remembered doing with his own grandfather was making tents out of all the blankets and pillows, James and Declan loved that also.

Jim is also survived by one brother, Gary Douglas Scott; and his wife, Wendy Lynn Scott; and their daughter, Crystal Lynn Scott; and step son, Adam Michael Taylor; and his wife, Elizabeth Logan Taylor; and four granddaughters.
Jim served in the United States Navy from 1965 to 1968. After the Navy he was in the Marketing Program at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan. He managed a jewelry company and always had a love and interest of identifying precious stones. Jim loved wood and working with wood; he also spent time in his life as a Journeyman Carpenter, working in many different areas of that field. He went back to school after moving to Texas and completed an Associate Degree in Science at St. Philips College and also completed the Respiratory Therapy Program. It was Jim's "Mantra" to always be "More than one thing in your life", and was forever preaching that to his beloved son.

Respiratory Therapy became the field of work he loved. He earned his Neonatal Resuscitation Provider with the American Academy of Pediatrics; and was devoted to his work in the Neonatal ICU. He formed and owned a respiratory therapy staffing and consulting company in 1989 and enjoyed that for several years. He had a government contract with the old hospital on Fort Sam Houston, and also one in Houston at Ben Taub; where he and a special group would fly in and out to do long week-end shifts. Jim enjoyed a comment he heard through the "grapevine" one time that - "that group from San Antonio was a force to be reckoned with!" He handpicked his staff and hired only Respiratory Therapists that he knew would share his same enthusiasm and compassion for the patients they cared for. He was the Respiratory Manager with a company involved in the ground floor opening of the first Sub-Acute Unit to be opened in San Antonio in 1992 and then also at the same facility a Pulmonary Assistance Unit in 1994. Other work involved Regional Manager of a Home Health Equipment Company, overseeing ten branches and three pharmacies. Later in his career he was a Clinical Liaison for a LTAC and also a Rehab Company. Jim always believed in trying to make a difference for his organization and was constantly involved - He was Secretary and then President of the Alamo District of the Texas Society of Respiratory Care during 1993 to 1996 - Then for the Central Texas Region he was President Elect in 1997 and President in 1998- For the State of Texas Society of Respiratory Care - Home Care Committee, he was Chairman in 2001-2002/ 2004 -2005 and again in 2005 to 2006. He was a member of the Respiratory Care Advisory Committee of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio from 1994 to 2010. He was a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care and Clinical Practice Guidelines Reviewer (AARC). He was also a member of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), member of the Alamo Area Home Care Council in San Antonio and the Travis County Home Care Council in Austin. Jim was so proud of his involvement with the Riverwalk Respiratory Care Symposium and was instrumental in the continued success of that affair. As President of the Alamo District, Jim helped with the Welcome and Introductions of the very first Symposium held May 24, 1996. He so encouraged his peers to "Get up and get involved, have your voice heard".

Jim was an avid reader of anything he could get his hands on; a self-educated man that always knew something about most anything being discussed and always had something to add to any conversation. He had a beautiful singing voice and treasured music. He was obsessed with the game of golf and was found most every Sunday (and any other day he could get away) on the golf course with his grand golf friends that he held so dear. A few years back they all took a wonderful trip together and played some courses they had all wanted to play.

Jim fought Rheumatoid Arthritis since the age of 45; he stayed functional for the last 21 years because of the compassionate and outstanding care he received from his Rheumatologist and friend Dr. Gerald Rosenberg. Over those 21 years Jim never gave up and never let his RA stop him from enjoying life. He was always busy with projects and through the pain he suffered on a daily basis, almost always had a smile. In the end, Jim left us from complications of pneumonia.

He left us all too soon. He was loved and he will be dearly missed. Jim was a loving son, husband, father, and grandfather. He will live in the hearts of all of us who loved him. His spirit lives on in all the patients he helped and cared for that will remember, perhaps not his name, but his kindness. He was a wonderful friend and so enjoyed the camaraderie of all his working friends and all the lifelong friends and relatives here in Texas, Michigan and those spread across the Country. His grandchildren will always have him to carry in their hearts; as his was made so much larger because of them.

Per Jim's wishes, in lieu of a traditional memorial service, an open house will be hosted by his wife at their home in the Stone Oak area at a later date.

Jim would want people to spend their money on their families; putting their children and grandchildren through school; and truly did not wish donations be made. For those of you that have sent your loving gift; you will be receiving a card from the foundation. We all hope that one day the heart wrenching diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis will be something of the past.

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Published in Express-News on May 11, 2014
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