Major Scott D. Jewkes USAF (Ret.), age 61, a 25 year resident of Colorado Springs and formerly of Lehi, Utah passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 after a sudden illness. He was retired after serving his country for 20 years in the United States Air Force as a pilot and then retired again after 18 years with the Boeing Corporation. Scott Donald Jewkes was born on July 31, 1948 in Price, Utah to the late Jay and June (Guyman) Jewkes. He was a 1966 graduate of Lehi High School and graduated in 1970 from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. He later received his master's degree in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Paterson AFB. Scott married Donna Nix on March 29, 1975 in Sacramento, CA. During the Vietnam War he served as a Forward Air Controller flying the 02 Skymaster. He then retired from the Air Force in 1990 and went on to work as a contractor for Rockwell (now Boeing). He was the lead technical advisor and then was the Senior Electrical Power Engineer at Schriever AFB. Scott is survived by his wife, Donna Denise Jewkes; two sons: 2nd Lt. Jason Scott Jewkes, USA of Fort Benning, Georgia; Justin Lee Jewkes of Colorado Springs; his brother, Ronald Lee Roberts; his sister, Susan Kay Chilton; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Roger J. Jewkes and his parents. A celebration of his life will be held at 4:00 pm on Friday, December 11, 2009 at the Solo's Restaurant on Powers Boulevard. Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 8:00 pm on Monday at the Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home. Funeral Services with Air Force Honors are scheduled for 10:00 am on Tuesday at the Shrine of Remembrance "America the Beautiful" Chapel. Cremation will follow and he will be scattered at Cheesman Reservoir. Memorials may be made to the Scott Jewkes Memorial in care of ENT Federal Credit Union, (3590 Hartsel Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80920). His career in GPS was a lasting legacy of vision turned action turned reality. The success of today's GPS would not have been possible without the efforts and leadership of individuals such as Scott Jewkes.
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Published in The Gazette on Dec. 11, 2009