Retired Lt. Col. Jess Brown Scott, 64, of Elizabethtown, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at Hardin Memorial Hospital.
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The son of Walter C. Scott and Delean Brown Scott, he was born May 1, 1948, in Albany. In 1949, he moved with his parents to live on his ancestral farm in Stith Valley in Meade County. He attended Meade County High School, participated in 4-H programs and was the valedictorian of his graduating class at Meade County High School. As a student at the University of Kentucky, he met his future wife, Frances Byars Scott. Following the completion of his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, Jess earned two masters degrees in math and electrical engineering at the University of Michigan.
Following his participation in Air Force ROTC, he served 21 years in the U.S. Air Force including service as a microwave devices project engineer at the avionics lab at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, plans and programs officer at the foreign technology division at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the advanced strategy missile system at Norton Air Force Base and two tours of duty at Los Angeles Air Force Base. During his last assignment, his leadership on the Titan IVB program led to the capability to launch the Cassini spacecraft to Saturn.
At Los Angeles Air Force Base, he served as chief of the Future Space Technology Office, directorate of developmental planning and chief, payload integration, launch programs directorate, space and missile systems center, Air Force material command.
He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (Fourth Oak Leaf Cluster) and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1997 and moved with his family to Fairborn, Ohio. In 2002, he and his family moved to Elizabethtown.
He was an active member of Big Springs United Methodist Church and was a leader in Boy Scout Troop 233.
In addition to science and engineering, Jess had many interests, including gardening and home canning at his family's farm in Meade County, applying his skill to maintain his family's cars, tractors and houses and creating and managing his family history website, www.StithValley.com. A lover of the outdoors, he enjoyed hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail, but his favorite place to be was on the family farm.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Frances Scott; their two sons, Brian (Jennifer) Scott of San Diego and Alan (Ashley) Scott of Lexington; a daughter, Carol Scott of San Francisco; two sisters, Ann (Richard) Doman of Meade County and Martha (Ernest) Clift of Radcliff; two grandsons, Camden and Parker Scott of San Diego; and an extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral is at 2:30 p.m. EST Sunday, Nov. 4, at Big Springs United Methodist Church with Dr. Rachel Marshall and the Rev. Jerry Shelly officiating.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown and continues at 1 p.m. Sunday at the church.
The family recommends donations be made to Big Springs United Methodist Church.
Brown Funeral Home
306 College Street
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Published in The News-Enterprise on Nov. 2, 2012