Scott Alexander Amis
On May 19, 2013, the world lost an exceptional soul. Scott Alexander Amis of Oakland, California, passed away at the age of 47 due to complications following surgery. He was taken too soon, but was comforted by his Mother as he took his last breath. The son of James Joseph Amis and Judith McPherson Amis, Scott was born on January 8, 1966, in Berkeley, California. His early childhood was spent in Berkeley. Always a curious child, at age 3 he dropped a dozen eggs one-by-one on the kitchen floor to see if they all splattered the same way. In elementary school he walked off the playground to see if he could get a job at a local bakery. As a pre-teen living in the Boston, Massachusetts area, he was introduced to street hockey, was shortstop on the local All-Star baseball team and made pocket money by shoveling snow during the Blizzard of '78. Moving to Austin, Texas, as a teen, he graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1984 where he played football for the Fighting Maroons, did all those things that teenagers do that mystify their parents, and made many lifelong friends. During his college years, he moved back to his beloved Bay Area to attend San Francisco Art Institute where he graduated with a Fine Arts degree. After dabbling in a few careers, he found his calling as a Flight Attendant. He first learned he had a love of flying as an attendant for the charter company, North American Airlines, where he won the Flight Attendant Award for his class. In 2006, Scott was selected for Southwest Airlines inflight training where he received the award for Academic Excellence and graduated first in his class with the achievement of a 100% GPA. Southwest Airlines management has called him a "man of integrity" who "earned the LUV, respect and admiration of his coworkers," and he received many letters of commendation from both passengers and management. Scott was a generous, gentle, creative, compassionate, and loving human. Frequently engaging in random acts of kindness, he never expected acknowledgement or thanks. He was passionate about causes in which he believed and was not afraid to speak his mind. A seeker of knowledge and truth, Scott was constantly expanding his understanding of life and the universe. A true Renaissance man, he loved people, animals, art, music, film, books, and gardening. He was continually lending a hand or ear to one in need, though he rarely asked for help from others. Scott was a wonderful son, brother, grandson, and uncle. His four nephews adored him, and he them. His greatest wish was that everyone in the world would learn to get along with and love one another. Scott was preceded in death by his father, James Joseph Amis; his grandfather, James Alexander Amis; his grandmother, Mozelle Johnston Amis; and his grandfather, Leonard Albert McPherson. He is survived by his mother, Judith McPherson Amis; grandmother, Elsie Robertson McPherson; sister, Kelly Amis von Kreisler, her husband, Nick, and their four boys, Alex, Aaron, Kirk and Kyle von Kreisler; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Scott also had three cats that he considered his own children. He was preceded in death by Nicotina and is survived by Bella and Winston. Scott's final resting place will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California, alongside his father. The family is comforted by and thanks their family and friends for all of their kind words and loving gestures. In lieu of flowers, have a slice of pizza and raise a glass in Scott's honor. Or, you can make a donation in his memory to Sweet Relief (San Francisco Bay Area Musicians Fund), the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, or the
. There will be a Celebration of Life for Scott in the Bay Area, at the Reinhardt Alumnae House at Mills College, on June 23, 2013 from 2-5p.m. All who would like to remember Scott and share loving memories and funny stories are welcome to attend. There will also be a gathering in Austin, Texas, later in the summer. For additional information, you may contact Kelly von Kreisler.