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SCOTT, GERALD D. "JERRY" LCDR USN (Ret) Gerald D. Scott, 77, was born in Bedford, Indiana on May 31, 1935 and died peacefully at home in Chula Vista, Ca., on November 18, 2012 related to complications of COPD. Jerry's childhood necessitated that he work from a very young age. His first job at eight years old was shining shoes in a pool hall. He was also a gas station attendant, laid railroad ties, and was a high-rise iron worker. On his 17th birthday he enlisted in the Navy and served four years. He then returned to Indiana and married his sweetheart Carlene J. Jackson. In 1961, while married, raising a family, and working nights in a stone quarry, he earned a B.S. from Indiana University. He often reminisced, and was forever grateful to his co-workers who encouraged him to pursue a higher education. He fondly remembered times when his buddies would offer to take his turn on the line offloading heavy pieces of stone to enable him to study for an upcoming exam. After graduating from Indiana University, Jerry re-enlisted into the Navy and was sent to Officers Candidate School in Newport R.I. His first assignment was as a weapons officer aboard The USS John R. Perry (DE 1034) which participated in the blockade of Cuba during The Cuban Missile Crisis. The subsequent years were also spent primarily at sea which necessitated many cross country relocations for his wife and four young children. Jerry's career in the Navy included three tours in Vietnam, and two mine sweeper commands. He received numerous commendations, including two Bronze Stars with Combat V for valor in combat. Jerry rarely spoke of his time in the military, except to reflect on the friendships he had cultivated. He had recently reconnected with some of his crew from his last command, The USS Energy (MSO 436) and was honored to attend their yearly reunions. Jerry possessed a keen mind and a tireless work ethic. After serving 20 years in the Navy, he established and operated various successful businesses including, "Scott's Porsche Parts", "The Kit Kat Cocktail Lounge", and "G. Scott Asphalt". He was active in his community and was a familiar face at Chula Vista City Hall and at City Council meetings. He was recently honored posthumously by the Mayor for his civic involvement. Retiring from asphalt contracting in 1998, allowed Jerry free time to pursue his various interests. He designed and built a Class 10 off-road vehicle and participated in SCORE racing for many years. His racing team won many events over the years in The United States and in Mexico. He also enjoyed motor home travel and made several trips back to Indiana to visit friends and attend his high school reunions. He was an avid college basketball fan and never missed watching a Hoosier basketball game. A proud grandparent, he reveled in all of his grandchildren's various activities and accomplishments. Jerry is survived by his wife of 57 years Carlene, son Carl Scott (Laura), daughters Kimberly Duran (Rick), Venoa Scott, and Sherri Vasquez (Tadeo), his grandchildren, Catherine Duran, Sarah Scott, Rachel Scott, Estevan Vasquez, Amelia Vasquez, and Samuel Vasquez, and one great-granddaughter, Jennifer Duran. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on December 6, 2012 at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, Ca. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society or San Diego Hospice.

Published in U-T San Diego on Nov. 30, 2012
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