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Eugene Scott Hammond


1952 - 2017
Eugene Scott Hammond
Eugene Scott Hammond died May 18, 2017 after a brave 21-month battle with cancer.  Radical treatment for his initial diagnosis rendered him cancer-free in late February, but an aggressive liver cancer ultimately proved untreatable, and Scott ended his days in the comfort of home and family.
Scott was born January 18, 1951 in Coronado, CA to Eugene "Gene" Hammond and Charlotte (Malone) Hammond.  Gene's naval career moved the family to various towns along the West Coast that were the setting for colorful tales of Scott's early childhood. In 1961 the family moved to the Kittitas Valley and Scott began to put down deep roots in the community that remain to this day, graduating from Ellensburg High School in 1969. After high school, Scott embarked on a cross-country hitchhiking trip, visiting family and working short stints in various jobs.  Scott returned to the valley and married Sally Reynolds in the Taenum canyon in 1972.
Scott enlisted in the Army soon after marrying. His training took him to Fort Sam Houston in Texas.  After training, he and Sally began their married life at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where they enjoyed the rural landscape and lifestyle they had known in Washington.  Upon discharge, Scott enrolled in Central Washington University where he graduated in 1981 with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Science and Paramedicine, both new career fields at the time.
Hired by the Ellensburg Fire Department in 1978, Scott spent the next 18 years as a Firefighter-Paramedic.  He relished the action-oriented nature of a job that also connected him with people in times of personal crisis.  His experiences fueled his participation in developing a format for first responders to process particularly difficult calls. Scott used his charismatic speaking skills to implement this Critical Incident Stress Debriefing training statewide and was recognized as Washington State Paramedic of the Year during this time.
In 1996 Scott narrowed the scope of his career by working as Lead Medic for Kittitas County Hospital District #2 in Upper County.  He remained active in the fire service community by serving as Fire Commissioner for 12 years.  During this time his hobby of designing and installing ponds and waterfalls evolved into the business "Aquascape by Blue Creek".  He enjoyed adding the sound of running water to many locations around Ellensburg, especially The Healing Garden at Kittitas Valley Hospital.  Known for his expertise on large-scale installations, Scott often collaborated with contractors in Texas, New England, Florida and Ireland.
In his off hours, Scott spent time in his shop woodworking, tinkering and being available to chat with anyone who dropped by.  Scott was known for sharing his love of music-everything from gigging with his early bands "The Male Men" and the "Heavenly Hills Brothers" to loud whistling through the aisles of a store.  Music was the primary vehicle for sharing his deep faith in Jesus Christ and many people remember the zeal he brought to community and church performances.  "God is a funny guy", he often said, and when asked to identify his source of strength toward the end life he replied, "Total reliance on Jesus".
Scott is preceded in death by his father, Eugene G. Hammond, mother, Charlotte "Queenie" Hammond and infant sister Lynne Hammond. He is survived by wife Sally (Reynolds) Hammond, son Micah (Jodi) Hammond, daughters Kaitlin (Dan) Todd, Corina (David) Fiske, brothers Dean (Jackie) Hammond and Gary Hammond, sister Lita Malone, and grandchildren Breck, David, Elliot and Jocelyn Hammond, Killian Todd and Rosemary and Cecilia Fiske, as well as a large extended family who will feel his absence deeply.
A Memorial service is planned for Thursday, May 25, 2p.m. at Wellspring Christian Fellowship, 306 N. Sprague Ellensburg, WA. In Lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue or Life Support.

Published in Daily Record on May 23, 2017
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