HASLETT, MI Scott Preston Eisensmith, 59, passed away on August 19, 2013, in Haslett, Mich. Born in York, on March 24, 1954, Scott was the third of five children of Preston Harry Eisensmith and Mary Louise (Mays) Eisensmith. He graduated from York Suburban High School in 1972, earned a B.S. in Biology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1976, and earned a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Michigan State University in 1981. After graduating from Michigan State, Scott received a Humboldt Fellowship and spent two years studying plant pathology at the University of Giessen in Giessen, Germany. Upon returning from Germany, Scott worked at Michigan State University as a Data Analyst in the Department of Plant Pathology and also on the Chicken Genome Project. During this same time, Scott founded and ran his own software company, Scientific Programming Enterprises. Most recently, Scott was employed at Jackson National Life Insurance Co. as a Security Architect. As a teen, Scott played saxophone in the York Suburban marching band and was a student manager of the varsity basketball team. He was also active in both the Boy Scouts and the Explorer Scouts. As a Boy Scout, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with numerous Palms. As an Explorer Scout, he won the Union Carbide National Exploration Award in 1972. The award included a dinner in his honor at the Explorer Club in New York City and a trip to Belize, where he participated in underwater archeology. Scott was also an avid hunter, fisherman, and amateur herpetologist. He spent two years as the Nature Counselor at Camp Tuckahoe in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. As an adult, Scott was a lifelong fan of Penn State football and ran several newsletters focusing on Penn State football recruiting. He was also a huge proponent of sustainable energy. He had personally made extensive alterations to his home in Michigan to incorporate solar, geothermal, and wind power technologies. Scott is survived by a son, Michael Scott, of Lansing, MI; a daughter, Melissa Diane of Lafayette, IN; his ex-wife, Pamela (Power) of Haslett, MI; two sisters, Suzanne Rosenberger and husband Jack of Harrisburg, and Laurie Eisensmith and husband Bradley Filippone, of La Canada, CA; and a brother, Randy Eisensmith and his wife Robyn of Montvale, N.J. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Holly Glatfelter (Terry). Private family services were held on August 24, 2013 in Haslett, Michigan.
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Sept. 17, 2013