Scott Edward Songer
Scott Edward Songer, 67, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at the Community Living Center, VA Medical Center, Vancouver, Washington, following a courageous battle with stomach cancer.
Scott was born in Coral Gables, Florida, on March 14, 1945, to the late Yates Truman Songer and Mary Elizabeth (Edwards) Songer. He graduated from Coral Gables High School in 1963, and the University of Florida
with a B.S. in Zoology (minors in Political Science, Education and Chemistry) in 1967. On the day of his graduation from the University, he received notification of his military draft re-classification to 1A, so he enlisted in the U.S. Navy
and attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, where he graduated and was commissioned in July 1968. Scott served in the Pacific Theatre, including river patrols in Vietnam, and as Deck Officer on USS Juneau LPD-10. He was honorably discharged in August 1971. He spent a year in Aspen, Colorado, for a respite and met his future wife, Sue Brown, with whom he shared musical interests and a love of the outdoors. Scott earned a masters degree in nutrition from the University of Washington
in 1982, and a doctorate in optometry from Pacific University in 1989.
Throughout his life, Scott spent much of his time studying astronomy and history (developing exceptional proficiency in both), had a special fondness for Dave Barry's writings, and enjoyed the trials and advantages of being left-handed. He was always dedicated to family, taking his younger brothers camping and on outdoor adventures in their adolescence, bringing home friends for his younger sisters to date and, in one case, to marry. Scott treasured his two daughters who were the major light of his life and with whom he shared especially close bonds. After retiring from employment at the Veterans Administration in Portland, Oregon, Scott moved to Tallahassee, Florida in 2007 to care for his elderly mother. Initially Scott volunteered extensively with the Red Cross, then in February 2009, Scott began volunteering at the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee as an information desk host, but quickly began to perform the duties of an Administrative Assistant/Visitor Service/IT staff member. At the Museum, Scott was the Volunteer of the Year in 2010 and 2011, and was hired in April 2011 as the Clerk for the Museum's Education Section. In 2011, Scott was named the Volunteer of the Year for Tallahassee in the Arts category.
Scott is survived by his daughters Katie and son-in-law Ron Dolen of Madison, Wisconsin, and Jeannie of Portland, Oregon; mother Mary of Tallahassee; sisters Suzanne Young of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Carolyn Raepple of Tallahassee, and Barbara Miller of Nesbit, Mississippi; brothers Eddie of Pensacola, Florida, and Billy of Columbus, Mississippi: and numerous neices and nephews. Scott was preceded in death by his father; brother Clark (Skip) of Jackson, Wyoming; and sisters Bonnie Miller of Reno, Nevada and Mary Lou Melanson-Songer of Albuquerque, New Mexico. A memorial service will be conducted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at the home of his long-time friend Cyrus Gordon Anderson of Vancouver, Washington. As was his wish, Scott will be buried at sea, in a natural state so that he can become part of the ecosystem and the ocean to which he felt connected all his life. Scott was the thoughtful, sensitive scientist to the end. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
Memorial donations may be made to the Museum of Florida History, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250. For those who prefer to send flowers for the memorial service, which will then be sprinkled on the ocean surface following burial, they may be sent to 5502 N.E. Drexel Ave., Vancouver WA 98663.