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Scott Evans WILSON Obituary
WILSON, Scott Evans

"Does life get any better than this?" These are the words that Scott would want you to remember when you think of him. Scott Evans Wilson, 63, of Austin, TX, passed away in his sleep at home on Thursday, January 16, 2014.

Scott was born on August 12, 1950 in Pueblo, Colorado. He grew up in Midland, TX and Artesia, NM, where he graduated from high school and played clarinet in the school's marching band. As a youngster, he spent summers on his grandparents' farm in Ohio, hunting and fishing with his brother, Todd, and learning to love the outdoors. These were some of his most precious memories.

He received a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from The University of New Mexico, where he met and married the love of his life, Cindy. The couple moved to Austin, where Scott graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Texas, Hook 'em Horns! Scott started working as a petroleum landman in Bakersfield, CA for Tenneco Oil. Two years later, the couple moved to Artesia, NM to join Yates Petroleum. Following a life-long dream, Scott and his father, Mark, established Rio Pecos Corporation in 1979, an oil exploration company. His success and entrepreneurial spirit continued with the formation of Wilson and Barr, Gas Exploration. Formed with his colleague and friend Richard K. Barr, the partnership grew from humble origins into a successful venture.

Scott and Cindy raised their three children in Artesia and Midland. Upon retirement, the couple moved to Austin, TX, a place he always vowed to return. In Austin, he lived life to the fullest, traveling the world with Cindy, passionately engaging in politics, golf, music, and longhorn football, and supporting local charities. Most of all, he loved his family and countless friends, and will be dearly missed.

Scott is survived by his wife, Cynthia Mae Wilson, his two sons, Ryan Hightower Wilson and Garrett Scott Wilson, and their wives, Robyn Thiel Wilson, and Elizabeth Dyer Wilson, his daughter, Shelby Wilson Stratmann, and her husband Kai Andreas Stratmann, and his precious grandson, Tyler Scott Stratmann. He is also survived by his mother, Mary Lou Wilson; his brother, Todd Dale Wilson and his wife Carol Ann Wilson and her mother, Dorothy Izard; his sister, Holly Wilson Elliott; his sister, Heather Wilson Echols and her husband John Echols; and many beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. His father, Mark Dale Wilson, predeceased him.

They say if you have one good friend, you are very lucky. Scott was the luckiest person on earth and made countless others lucky too.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Smith Chapel at Riverbend, 4214 N. Capital of TX Hwy.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a contribution to Foster Angels of Central Texas, P.O. Box 152575, Austin, TX 78715 or online at, the Austin Symphony Orchestra at, or to the Samaritan Center of Austin at

Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at

Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, 2014
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