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Scott Allen Tuttle

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Scott Allen Tuttle, 51, passed away Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009. Scott was preceded in death by his father, Bob Tuttle. He is survived by his loving wife, Virginia (Choo Choo) Tuttle, of Rio Rancho. He is also survived by his mother, Frances Tuttle, of Albuquerque, and siblings Bob Tuttle and wife, Nancy, of Henderson, Nev., Alison Porter, of Midland, Texas, and Todd Tuttle and wife, Mary, of Albuquerque. Scott is also survived by his step-children Jennifer Culbertson, Alison DeBerry and Amanda Dain, all of Albuquerque, and Clark DeBerry, of Frisco, Texas, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Remembered as a loving Papa Scott to his grandchildren and the fun uncle to his nieces and nephews, Scott endeared himself to all children with his passion for play and storytelling. Scott was born in Glendive, Mont., on Aug. 20, 1957, to Bob and Fran Tuttle. The family moved to Alamogordo in 1963, where Scott attended school and began a prolific swimming career. He graduated from Alamogordo High School in May 1975, and continued swimming at New Mexico State University, where he also played water polo. He also held two long-distance swimming world records in his age group.
Scott worked as a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service in Arizona and New Mexico for the next several years. He moved to Midland in 1985, where he met his wife, Virginia. There were married Nov. 7, 1992, and moved to Rio Rancho in June 1993 where Scott coached swimming at Sandia Prep and later was head swim coach for Rio Rancho High School. He also coached several years for the Sundance Swim League. Lovingly known as Coach Tuttle, Scott was chosen as the international coach for People to People Sports Ambassadors and traveled to the Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia in that capacity.
Scott will be remembered for his passion for sports, particularly NFL football and his San Francisco 49ers. He had an uncanny connection to animals, especially his dogs Meka and Tessie. Scott made every event more fun, every gathering more lively. He had a gift for telling a joke and bringing a measure of joy to everyone around him, and he will be greatly missed. A memorial service celebrating the life of Scott Tuttle will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, at Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque. Public viewing will be held at French Mortuary on Golf Course Road in Albuquerque from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. Visit the online guestbook for Scott at RememberTheirStory.com at French Mortuary.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 17 to Mar. 3, 2009
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