Jarvis L. Scott (1947 - 2017)

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Lubbock- 70 of Lubbock, passed away Friday, September 29, 2017. Javis was born on April 6, 19477 to the parentage of Ivory, Sr. and Johnnie Mae Scott in Waco, TX. Jarvis's alma mater, David Starr Jordan High School in Los Angeles, CA.. It was during her senior year, that she began running with the LA Mercurettes Track club, becoming the first female at her high school to participate in Track and Field. At the age of 21, Jarvis qualified for the 1968 Olympics, becoming the 1st American athlete to qualify to any Olympics in the 400 and 800 meters. She was also the first American athlete to make the finals in the Olympics. In an act of solidarity, she gave up her spot to teammate Francie Kraker, who had placed 4th in the 800 meters at the Olympic Trials. Jarvis went on to place 6th in the 400 meters at the Olympic Games.Jarvis earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Cal State Los Angeles, in 1975. She began her coaching career at Cal State Los Angeles, in 1977 as Assistant Track Coach and Head Cross Country Coach. Noted as the best kept secret in 1975, for the city of Los Angeles, to many who hold her in high esteem, Coach Jarvis Scott was also the best kept secret in Lubbock, Texas. The 1st African American Head Coach for any sport, Coach Scott served as Texas Tech University's Head Women's Track and Field from 1979-1991. Jarvis leaves to cherish her memory her father, Ivory, Sr.; brother Willis D. Scott; Shaun C. Scott-Jones (Whitney); and granddaughter, Skye; a host of other relatives and friends. Celebration of life service will be held Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church. Private disposition under the direction of Griffin Mortuary.


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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7, 2017
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