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Scott D. Farrell


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Scott D. Farrell
Scott Donald Farrell, 72, of Yuba City, passed away at home on February 1, 2016. Scott (Captain Scott or Scotty to his many friends and family) was born on September 15, 1943, in Santa Monica, California, to Walter Donald and Ruth Isabelle Theresa Scott Farrell. Scott grew up in Woodland Hills, California surrounded by orchards, open spaces, and undeveloped hills to explore. After graduating from high school and attending Pierce College, he joined the Army, serving honorably for three years as a field medic. Scott loved his country and was proud of his military service.

After leaving the service Scott went to work on a tugboat hauling barges up and down the Mississippi River. Thus began a lifelong love of boats, water, and Creole cooking. After two years on the river, with four years of stories to tell, Scott returned to Southern California and secured a sales job at a local Sears store. This entry-level position was the first step in a long and successful career with Sears. One of the many promotions which led to Scott's relocation to Northern California, came when he assumed the position of Assistant Store Manager at the Yuba City Sears store. When Scott's son from his first marriage, Sean, was old enough to join Boy Scouts Scott became an active volunteer with the troop. His most cherished pursuit in his own youth was the time he spent as a Scout, and obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout. It wasn't long before Scott became the Scoutmaster, and with the help of his good friend Mark Cross, Scott put his heart and soul into creating the kind of troop he had been part of as a boy. The troop flourished and many Scouts maintained contact with Scott through the years. He was extremely proud that Sean also obtained the rank of Eagle Scout.

While living in Yuba City, Scott met the love of his life, Edith Hutto. Shortly after their marriage Scott was promoted to the Regional Group Staff in Hayward. After a few years he reached his career goal with Sears, becoming the Mountain View Store Manager. Upon retirement Scott was free to pursue his passion for boating full time. He obtained a 100 gross ton Merchant Marine Captain's License, worked as a sailing instructor on the San Francisco Bay, and subsequently became Captain of the "Spirit of Sacramento", the paddle-wheeler moored on the Old Sacramento wharf, offering lunch, dinner and sightseeing cruises up and down the Sacramento River. He held that position for several years. Concurrently, he became the Honorary Captain of the Delta King and performed many wedding ceremonies on the ship, and in other locations for family members and friends.

In addition to sailing and boating, Scott was an avid outdoorsman, finding great pleasure in hiking, snow skiing and water skiing. He had a magnetic personality which allowed him to connect with everyone. He had a love-hate relationship with golf. He looked forward to his weekly games with his friends, Joe Francis and Randy Montre, and regardless of what happened on the first 18, Scott was consistently triumphant on the 19th hole. Scott was definitely the life of the party, quick to laugh, and the purveyor of a plethora of well-rehearsed jokes. He was a self-taught contractor, skilled in all aspects of home repairs and construction. He was always the first to offer his help to family and friends, and was eager to learn additional skills from others. He was well read and an informed debater of current events, which usually focused on politics. Not only was Scott the favorite uncle to his own nieces and nephews, he lovingly assumed that role to many children of his special friends.

Scott and Edie spent many days sailing with family and friends on the San Francisco Bay, and boating on Englebright Lake. During retirement they enjoyed many cruises and traveled to numerous countries, including Scott's ancestral homelands, Ireland and Scotland, and Edie's native England.

Scott never waivered from his faith-based morality and integrity. He demonstrated a strong work ethic throughout his life in all that he pursued. He was kind and considerate to everyone. He was a true gentleman. Cancer ended Scott's life, but not the impact that he had on all those who were fortunate enough to have come in contact with him. He was a gracious host; a master teller of tall tales; a loyal friend; and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brother. He was preceded in death by his mother Ruth and father Walter, and his favorite cousins Fran and Maury Plaice. He is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years Edie Farrell; his son Sean (Tami) Farrell and twin grandsons Riley and Bretten; his best friend and brother Dave (Paula) Farrell; his long-time friend and honorary brother, Jimmy Barnhart; his nephew Brenton (Courtney) Farrell; his niece Kelly (Mike) Fredericks; his niece Shannen (Royce) Fraley; his grandnephews Josef and Aiden; his grandnieces Alana and Izabella; and his goddaughter Kaity Montre.

A Celebration of Scott's life will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at 11:30 a.m., at the Moose Lodge, 205 S. Walton Avenue, Yuba City.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sutter North Hospice, Rideout Cancer Center, or Moose Lodge.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Feb. 14, 2016
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