Doebler, Scot K. Age 53, of Minneapolis. Before dawn on July 14, a great owl swooped down and carried the soul of our much-loved brother to the great beyond. Born April 26, 1960 in Jersey Shore, PA, Scot attended Columbia Heights schools where he made some lifelong friends. At age 8, with his older sister Lura, he launched an acting career in the Guthrie Theater's production of "Ardele." He continued acting and attended the Children's Theatre School. He was studying journalism at the U of M when he won a role in Robert Redford's Academy Award- winning film "Ordinary People." Scot moved to Los Angeles where he continued acting and worked as a reporter for the Pacific Palisades Post. While recognized for his acting, Scot was an artist, writer, storyteller, musician, and careful observer of human nature and the natural world. His watercolor paintings, handmade postcards sent to friends, and stories dedicated to his nieces and nephews are part of the treasure he leaves behind. More than anything, Scot appreciated the wonder of the natural world. Upon returning to Minneapolis, he took in everything: a bike ride in Theodore Wirth Park, a moonlit walk across a frozen Lake of the Isles, and solo adventures in the north woods. He never missed a chance to watch a meteor shower or see the northern lights. With eyes alert to the world around him he noted the osprey, the cooper's hawk, and always, the owls. His death was presaged by a red fox dancing in the twilight outside his window. Preceded in death by his parents, David and Yvonne Doebler, he is survived by a brother David, two sisters, Lura and Jennifer, beloved nieces and nephews, and many dear friends, who showed their appreciation and love until his death from cancer. Whether the sparkle of his smile, his affection for his friends and family, the mischievous glint in his eyes, or the absorbing magic of the tales he lived and told, he will be sorely missed; such as him do not oft pass our way.
Published in Star Tribune on July 21, 2013