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Scott J. Montgomery

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Scott Montgomery passed away peacefully at the Hospice House in Bellingham on April 5, 2014. Scott was born on April 21, 1948 in Upper Darby, PA. He grew up in Southern California, where his father taught him to fish, he learned to surf, and he developed a lifelong love of the ocean. He managed a Denny's franchise in Las Vegas before becoming a commercial diver, which brought him to Bellingham. He met Juli Timmins at the Web Locker Restaurant, and they were married on Orcas Island on New Year's Eve thirty-four years ago. Scott became a graphic designer, and Bellingham residents who did not know him personally will recognize his award-winning artwork created for the annual Ski to Sea Festival and Race over the past two decades. Scott's earliest artistic achievements involved impressing his mother's friends with his drawings, and when he became a professional he worked in the mediums of ink, watercolor, airbrush, and words. Adapting to the digital era, Scott moved to working on the computer and won a Guru award from his peers at the Photoshop World Conference and Expo. His and Juli's house was always filled with dogs, cats, birds, books, and art. He taught his daughters how to fish and to kayak, and claimed that he had once spilled his coffee on an Orca that startled him by surfacing next to his boat. With his charm, fantastic imagination, and delightful sense of humor, he could tell a story like no one else. He is survived by his wife Juli, brother Ralph, daughters Gypsy and Annalaura, and grandchildren Nels, Willem, Helen, and John-Luke. The magic he brought to our lives will be deeply missed, and he will always be remembered with love.

Published in Bellingham Herald on Apr. 25, 2014
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