ROBERSON, SCOTT MICHAEL - born July 3, 1970, died under hostile fire on December 30, 2009 while serving his country as a CIA Security Officer in Khost, Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife, Molly (née Kaiser) of Knoxville, TN and their soon-to-arrive daughter Piper; parents, Harry and Sally Roberson of Stow, OH; parents-in-law Anthony and Nannette Kaiser of Knoxville, TN; sister Amy (Jeff) Messner of Cuyahoga Falls, OH; brothers-in-law Anthony (Jenna) Kaiser of Cincinnati, OH and Will (Cathy) Kaiser of Breckenridge, CO; sister-in-law Ashleigh Kaiser of Breckenridge, CO; uncles Michael (Carole) Kovach of Stow, OH, Jim (Zelda) Kovach of Canton, OH, Tom (Sue) Roberson of Clinton, OH, Rod (Brenda) Roberson of Clinton, OH, and aunt Valerie (Ronnie) Thomas of Akron, OH; special cousins Karen Young, Keith Kovach and Adam Kovach; and hundreds of family and friends who are so proud to have known him. He will be escorted by dear friend Kelley Castell, CDR USN, and welcomed home by loved ones including lifelong friends David Bachiochi of Tolland, CT; Greg Johnson of Tolland, CT; and Scott Castell of Houston, TX. Born in Manchester, OH and raised in Tolland, CT, Scott returned to Ohio to complete high school at Sycamore in Cincinnati, starting a trend of globetrotting that would continue throughout his life and result in friendships that spanned the world. Though distance often separated him from loved ones, he was the glue that held lifetime friendships together. Scott's dedication to his country and his fellow man were unparalleled. After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Criminology, he began his career as an officer with the Atlanta Police Department and rose to the rank of detective while working undercover in the Narcotics division. His international service started with UN security forces in Kosovo and continued with several tours of duty in Iraq, where his duties included providing protection to high-risk officials. His most recent assignments were in support of US efforts in Afghanistan. He was a patriot and a hero but more importantly, he was a friend to all who knew him. With his sly sense of humor, quick grin, and extensive knowledge of B-movie quotes and Benny Hill episodes, he charmed everyone he met. He was proud of being a cofounder of the Metro Atlanta Police Emerald Society and loved riding motorcycles with the Iron Pigs. His greatest joy in life was his wife Molly and he looked forward with so much happiness to the birth of their first child in February. He was proud to serve his country and faced the risks head-on, often reminding us that he had "no regrets" about a life lived to the fullest. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2010 in Akron, OH with details to follow. All who wish to honor his memory are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Scott's honor to the Metropolitan Atlanta Police Emerald Society (MAPES), PO Box 79053, Atlanta, GA 30357, Attn: Scott Roberson Scholarship Fund. Please visit his memorial website at
http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/scottmroberson. We loved him with all of our hearts and his passing is a tremendous loss for the world he tried so hard to make better. We take comfort in knowing he's in the hands of a loving God and look forward to the day when we see him again.
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Jan. 4, 2010.