Walter Welch Scott, 70, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. He was born in Charleroi, Pa., on Jan. 18, 1938, to Mary (Scott) and Wylie Scott.
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He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., graduating from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1956. He graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa., in 1960, with a major in economics and a minor in political science.
He also served in the Army artillery for six months at Fort Knox and Fort Sill, and was in the reserves for five and a half years.
He met the love of his life, Ellen Morgan of Bronxville, N.Y., in 1954 at a summer place in Ontario, Canada. They were married Sept. 15, 1962, in Bronxville, N.Y.
He was a financial advisor at Moore, Leonard, & Lynch in Pittsburgh, Pa., and later at Rotan-Mosely in Houston, Texas. In 1963, he and his wife, Ellen, moved to Hamden, Conn., where he became a trust officer in investments for Union Trust Company.
His lifelong dream of living in the West came true when he and his family moved to Bozeman in 1980. There he owned an Orange Julius franchise and a candy store for 19 years.
As a lover of beautiful scenery he enjoyed taking frequent drives through the quiet backroads of Montana. He loved the mountains, his horses, raising trout, landscaping, vegetable gardening, and enjoying the world and its beauties, like Hawaii and Italy. A very patriotic American who truly loved his country, he loved to talk politics and history. He was also an avid photographer with a very artistic eye. He wouldn't have told you he was an artist in any sense, but the art of his beautiful landscaping and gardening as well as thousands of photographs documenting his journey through life and the love of life are and will be a testament to those of us left behind that he was quite an artistic man as well.
Overall, however, his number one passion and interest was his family. He was very loving and kind, caring and reliable. Always with a good sense of humor that was often backed by his acute intelligence, and he promoted and taught through example always doing the right thing. He believed in an honest day's work and he believed in treating people right. He also believed in living life, and particularly living life forward. He would make others around him feel comfortable and with his wit he would often make them smile. He was well liked by many, and all of those who knew and loved him will miss him immensely.
Walt is survived by his loving wife, Ellen of 45 years and two adoring children, son Morgan of Shrewsbury, Mass., and daughter Jennifer Nicholson (Sam) of Bozeman, and three grandsons and one on the way. He is also survived by his brother, Wylie Scott (Ursula) of Monterey, Calif.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Morgan Scott, age 5; and by his mother and father.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Pilgrim Congregational Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Treatment Center or Bozeman Deaconess Hospice, 931 Highland Blvd. Suite 3200, Bozeman 59715.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Apr. 10 to Apr. 11, 2008