John J. Scott
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Great Falls —John J Scott, 86, of Great Falls, beloved husband and father left this life peacefully and entered paradise on March 1, 2014 surrounded by his family. "Don't let your heart's be troubled. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. I am going to prepare a place for you." ---- John 14: 1-2
A vigil will be held Friday, at 7:30pm at O'Connor Memorial Chapel located at 2425 8th Avenue North Great Falls, MT. Funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday, at 10 am at Corpus Christi Catholic Church located at 410 22nd Avenue North East, Great Falls; MT, with inurnment to follow at Highland Cemetery.
John was born on April 5, 1927 to Mary and John Scott in Great Falls, Montana. He was raised on the west side of Great Falls and at his grandparent's home in Tracy. He was an only child descended from hard working families from Scotland and Czechoslovakia. He attended local schools including Great Falls High. As part of the greatest generation he answered the call to duty at the age of 17. He trained in San Diego and served in the South Pacific on the escort carrier USS Cascum Bay.
John married the love of his life Bette Bright on August 4th, 1951 at St. Joseph's Catholic Parrish. Their love affair stood the test of time until he drew his last breath.
After the war John joined his father and worked for the Great Northern Railroad.
His career spanned forty-four years and he retired as chief clerk in 1988. John and Bette built their home on the good old "west side" where they lovingly raised four children.
John loved Montana. He answered her call throughout his life. He could be found on the Fairfield Bench hunting pheasants, standing in a cold clear stream with fly rod in hand, or sitting on a mountainside in the fall basking in her glory.
John taught his sons and daughters the value of hard work where they spent summers working the cherry orchard on the shores of Flathead Lake. He enjoyed holidays, gatherings and special occasions to be with his ever growing family.
He enjoyed woodworking and was a fine finish carpenter. Their home is a testimony to his detail. He took pride in his home and yard and passed that on to his children. John was honest as the day is long, kept to his word and never cheated anyone. He had a deep faith and read the "Word" daily.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Mary C and John L Scott along with numerous aunts, uncles and relatives.
John leaves behind his wife Bette of 63 years; their four children Greg (Heather) Scott of Great Falls, Jeff (Pam) Scott of Columbus, MT, Cathy (Dan) Dwyer of Great Falls and Becky Scott of Great Falls; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren Jesse (Sara) Scott and their, daughter Noa of Bozeman, Jennifer (Andy) Long and their, daughter Morgan and sons Evan and Cameron of Minneapolis, Garrett (Erica) Scott of Billings, Drew Scott of Livingston, Sarah (Scott) Anderson and their son, Rowan of Great Falls, Sean Scott and his daughter, Henzley of Great Falls, Josh (Samantha Stubbs) Dwyer and their daughters, Taylor and Makensie of Great Falls, and Jake Dwyer of Great Falls.
John's family will forever be thankful to the wonderful staff at Cambridge Court assisted living, Dr. Brice Addison, hospice and all who enriched his life.
Memorials for John can be made to McLaughlin Research Institute for Alzheimer's research.
Condolences may be left online at www.oconnorfuneralhome.com.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Mar. 9, 2014