Alvin Clyde Skotty(1925 - 2014)

Alvin Clyde Skotty
passed away on February
26, 2014.
After 88 years, he departed
this life peacefully
to join his beloved wife
Constance, who passed
away on December 3,
2012.
He was born on September
9, 1925 in San
Bernardino, California.
He attended Riverside
Poly High in Riverside,
California, until enlisting
in the Navy, eager to join
the war.
From 1943 to 1946, he
served as an aviation
machinist mate. For the
rest of his life, he was a
proud veteran of World
War Two.
Returning to civilian
life, he graduated with a
Mechanical Engineering
degree from Riverside
College and attended Cal-
Aero Institute in Glendale
studying electronic
engineering. While at
Riverside Poly, he met
Constance Boosey. On
their first date, Al, who
was an accomplished
swimmer, attempted to
impress her by swimming
across Balboa Bay. It was
a one-way trip, though,
owing to exhaustion.
With a lucky nickel, he
commandeered transportation
to the mainland
to resume romancing
Connie for nearly seven
decades. They were married
in 1949, and began
raising a family with
Donald (1953), Rodney
(1956), and John (1958).
Al made a career in the
aerospace industry as
an electronic engineer,
designing, managing,
and leading on highly advanced
space and defense
programs.
He contributed to
America's exploration of
space, and was well-respected
for his creativity
and precision.
From 1952 until retirement
in 1988, he worked
for Hunter-Douglas
(1951-2); Convair/General
Dynamics (1952-62); and
Martin-Marrietta (1962-
88). He was recognized
for his quality design
work with several awards
throughout his career.
In 1962, he was hired
by Martin-Marrietta,
bringing him to Littleton,
Colorado.
Seeking to take most
advantage of the Rocky
Mountains and environs,
Al led the family in a life
of excitement and adventure.
Summers were
spent camping, fishing,
and exploring; winters
skiing. Al's and Connie's
priorities were to enable
a full and happy family
life. They also cultivated
a strong religious upbringing,
and were active
members of Shepherd
of the Hills Lutheran
Church. They moved to
Aurora in 1985.
After Connie died, he
and son John moved to
his final residence in
2013.
Al was an active member
of his communities.
In Montclair, he was Secretary
of the Trinity Lutheran
Voters' Assembly
and Commissioner of the
Monte Vista Fire District;
in Littleton, leader in his
church council; and at
Heather Gardens in Aurora,
volunteer computer
teacher. He was modest
and without pretense
– always committed to
others over himself.
With their sons gradually
leaving the familyhome
starting in 1971,
and both Connie and Al
looking towards retirement,
travel beckoned.
They did so extensively:
at first, domestically, then
internationally. Their
priority, though, was to
enjoy the company of
Donald's and Rodney's
families. They relished
their responsibilities as
grandparents to which
they applied their passions
with gusto.
Al devoted his life to
country, community,
friends, and family.
He entered this world
on the brink of the Great
Depression; he matured
answering the call to
defend his country; and
he evolved by embracing
the appeal to conquer
the frontiers of space; but
more than anything, he
thrived in the company of
his wife and family.
Ironically, despite the
swirl of history, as witness
to the vast change
of a complex world, he
possessed a simplicity
that is his greatest legacy:
simply, Al Skotty was
a patriot, professional,
father, grandfather, and
husband.
Alvin Clyde Skotty is
predeceased by his wife,
Constance Lorraine
Boosey Skotty; his father,
Mr. George S. Skotty;
mother, Mrs. Alice Schofield
Skotty; and brother,
Mr. William George
Skotty.
He is survived by his
son, Mr. Donald Raymond
Skotty, his wife,
Ms. Anne Espenan Skotty
of Breckenridge, Colorado,
and their daughters,
Ms. Samantha Marie
Espenan of London,
England, and Ms. Alexa
Alice Skotty of Breckinridge;
son Mr. Rodney
William Skotty, his wife
Ms. Rebecca Rumble
Skotty of Greene, New
York, and their daughters,
Ms. Sarah Skotty Powell
of New Orleans, Louisiana,
and Dr. Hannah
Schofield Skotty, Captain,
USA, DVM of Freisen,
Germany, and respective
husbands, Messieurs
Scott Powell and Michael
Dunlap; son Mr. John
Alvin Skotty of Aurora;
and sister Mrs. Virginia
Skotty Greek of San Juan
Capistrano, California.
Interment will be
Friday, April 25, 2014 at
9:30am at Fort Logan
National Cemetery, with
Memorial Service following
at 11am at Horan &
McConaty Family Chapel,
11150 E. Dartmouth Ave.
(at Parker Rd.), Aurora,
CO 80014.

Funeral Home

Horan & McConaty
11150 East Dartmouth Avenue Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 745-4418

Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Mar. 11 to Apr. 10, 2014