Hudson Lewton Scott
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Dec. 24, 1923 - Jan. 12, 2013
Hudson Lewton Scott, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend passed away Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the age of 89.
Hudson was born in Sioux City, Iowa on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1923. He was born at home during a heavy snow storm and only weighed 3 pounds. His mother and father, Irene and Clyde Scott placed him in a shoe box on top of the radiator hoping for him to survive the night. At the age of 6, he moved with his family from Iowa to sunny Southern California and settled in Pasadena. Hudson was affectionately known as "Huddy" or "Scotty" to his family and friends. Not long after graduating from Pasadena High School he was drafted by Major League Baseball. However, World War II intervened and he was called to serve our country in the Army as a medic.
After fulfilling his military service, Scotty attended Pasadena City College earning an Associate's Degree and played on the men's basketball team where in 1947 he was named to the "All Southern California Junior College Basketball First Team" as a guard. Scotty went on to attend the University of California at Santa Barbara where, in 1950, he earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Physical Education and also played on the men's basketball team. Scotty then attended the University of Southern California where he earned a Master's Degree in Education.
After graduation he started teaching junior high school in Coalinga, California where he also met the love of his life, Lila. After a few years in Coalinga he returned to his childhood home of Pasadena to teach at Pasadena City College. Scotty married Lila in 1952 and they moved to La Crescenta to raise their family. At Pasadena City College he taught classes such as Health Education, First Aid and Backpacking. In addition to being a life-long educator, Scotty spent many years as the men's varsity basketball coach at Pasadena City College and also at California Institute of Technology "Caltech" (Go Beavers!).
In retirement, Scotty joined Lila as a volunteer docent at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge. His volunteer services included operating the "Enchanted Railroad" (1/8 scale train) on the property and playing Santa Claus during the holidays. Scotty's three main passions in life were his wife, family and college basketball. On December 22, 2012 Scotty and Lila celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.
Scotty is survived by his wife: Lila, 4 sons: Kevin, Marshall, Mitchell & Leslie, 4 daughters in- law: Jacqie, Wendy, Teresa & Kathy, 15 grandchildren: Bennett, Eric, Adam, Katie, Curtis, Kyle, Cody, Grant, Kelly Ann, Derek, Jake, Chris, Kerry, Nick & Rebecca and 4 great-grandchildren: Addisyn, Hunter, Olivia & Kaila.
Scotty was an easy going, patient, generous person and loved by all who knew him. He would always greet you with a smile, some story-telling and a joke. He would often entertain himself by assembling complex jigsaw puzzles. Anyone willing to assist him would be entertained with his stories and humor. He will be deeply missed by all.
No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, the Scott Family would deeply appreciate donations be made in memory of Hudson "Scotty" Scott to support "The Enchanted Railroad" at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. http://www.descansogardens.org/participate/donate-now/
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Jan. 18, 2013