Donald Eugene Scott
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MANSFIELD: Don Scott delivered joy. The very test of his Christian character was in his desire to be a joy-bearer to his community. "Scotty" wore outrageous costumes and face paint with the Grotto Clowns (40 years) at public functions, spent most of the month of December in a white beard and Santa suit for private Christmas parties, and in Spring wore the white fur of the Easter Bunny. The laughter, the smiles, the delight that Don inspired flowed from a heart full of joy from the Lord.
Scotty passed away Sunday afternoon February 9, 2014 in Winchester Terrace. He was 85.
Born August 20, 1928 in Mansfield, he was the only child of James E. and O. Gaynelle (Bemiller) Scott, and was raised in Johnsville before moving to Mansfield where he was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1946. For 42 years Scotty worked in the front office at Westinghouse. He worked as a time keeper, in the computer room and finished his career in purchasing. He was a member of Mansfield Lodge #35 F&AM, Chapter #28 Royal Arch Masons, Council #94 Royal & Select Masons, Commandery #21 Knights Templar, Baku Grotto and Sons of Herman. Director Emeritus of Bellville Lions Club, Scotty served the club three times as president, was treasurer over five years, had served as Lion Tamer, Tail Twister, Trustee, Historian of Ohio District 13 B, and in 1990 was named to the Hall of Fame for Ohio Lions District 13 B.
He served two six-year terms as president of Richland County Habitat for Humanity, and served on the boards of The Salvation Army and The Renaissance. Don was a member of First United Methodist Church on the Square, and had been serving as head greeter. He had served the church as a Stephen's Minister, Lay Speaker, Lay Delegate to the annual East Ohio Conference, and was active with the Emmaus community.
Ohio's 123rd General Assembly named Scotty "Richland County Outstanding Senior Citizen" for his exemplary record of community service and tireless contribution of his time, energy and abilities to make Richland County a better place.
He is survived by his son Phillip E. Scott of Mansfield; grandson David P. Scott of Columbus and granddaughter Sarah L. Scott and her fiancé Curtis Pearce of Mansfield; aunt Lola Calderhead of Mansfield; numerous cousins and a community indebted to him for his service.
The Scott family will receive friends Thursday, February 13, 2104 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where Bellville Lions Club will hold a memorial service at 6 p.m. Mansfield Lodge #35 will hold a Masonic memorial service after 8 p.m. His funeral service will be held in the funeral home Friday at 11 a.m. Appropriately, Pastor Kent Joy will officiate. There will be smiles and laughter. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family strongly prefers contributions in his memory to Richland County Habitat for Humanity or Ohio Lion's Eye Research Foundation may be made at the funeral home. Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Scott family, and private condolences may be made online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com
Thanks for making us laugh, Scotty, because when we were laughing, there was no other emotion in that moment except for joy. Thanks for delivering joy.
Published in the News Journal from Feb. 11 to Feb. 13, 2014