Melville Scott Linscott(1943 - 2014)

1943 ~ 2014
Melville Scott Linscott, Jr. left this earth peacefully on April 22, 2014, in Rancho Mirage, California. Scott was born September 2, 1943, in Dodge City, Kansas, to Melville Scott and Lillian Lorraine Linscott.
Scott graduated with honors from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his post-graduate training at the University of Washington. Shortly thereafter he became director of the emergency department at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA. It was in an elevator at Virginia Mason that he met Nora Louise Jokisch, whom he later married on July 16, 1977. In 1983 he was recruited to the University of Utah to become the hospital's first emergency department division chief, a responsibility he held until 1992. He continued his work at the University of Utah until 2011. He was a dedicated physician, thoughtful teacher, and beloved mentor.
Scott was passionate about his work, but he had many passions outside of work, travel and golf being chief among them. He and Nora traveled to the far reaches of the globe and enjoyed annual visits with the entire family to their favorite places: the cabin ("Aspen Lodge") in Green Mountain Falls, CO; Beaver Lake near Seattle, WA; Yellowstone National Park; and Lake Powell, UT. Wherever he traveled, proximity to excellent golf was a major plus. He was a long-time member of Willowcreek Country Club. His love of golf led him to the Coachella Valley, CA, where he played a beautiful round of golf only two days before his passing. It was through his world travels and his love of golf that he met so many of his loyal and longtime friends.
Scott was a diligent seeker of the best life had to offer. When he found "the best," he couldn't help but share his excitement and enthusiasm with others. He worked hard and he played hard. He sought out the best in himself and others. He was Nora's best friend, and they complemented each other beautifully. He was a gentle and loving father who encouraged his children to follow their hearts and excel in whatever endeavors they chose. He was a loyal and dedicated friend to many, never missing the opportunity to make a new friend. He leaves behind a legacy of love, optimism, dedication to excellence, and vitality for life. We loved him dearly and he will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Nora Louise Linscott; his children, Luke (Carrie), Lance (Teisa), and Lara (William Kieffer); brother Lester (Connie) and sister Cosa (Richard Garvert); and seven loving grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held at Willowcreek Country Club on Saturday, May 10, from 3 to 5 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the University Hospital Foundation, 540 Arapeen Suite 130, Salt Lake City, UT, 84108.
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 1, 2014