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Kenneth Wayne Scott

July 9, 1921 - December 3, 2017
"There Comes A Time"

Kenneth Wayne Scott was born to James and Jessie Scott in Buffalo, Missouri on July 9, 1921. Wayne left us on December 3, 2017 after a brief illness in the company of his loving wife of 54 years, Rae Scott, and his 4 children.

Wayne moved from the family farm in Missouri in 1934 with his parents and three brothers, Ivan, Winston and Claude to Seal Beach, California. In 1942, Wayne married Evelyn Roach. Wayne served in the Army as a Lieutenant in World War II and was sent to Japan as part of the occupation and rehabilitation of post war Japan.

Upon his return, Wayne attended several local colleges and earned his teaching credential from USC where he ultimately was awarded a Master's Degree in Education. This began a long and proud affiliation with USC as a booster, ardent fan of Trojan Football, and a season ticket holder since 1964. His game day uniform was classic; featuring his rumpled USC hat and lucky socks.

As Wayne settled into civilian life, he taught in LAUSD schools and had three children, Melinda, Teri and James. Within a very short time, Wayne was promoted to Principal and served in this capacity for over 30 years until he retired. The school auditorium at Taper Ave. Elementary (San Pedro) is named in his honor.

In 1963, Wayne married Rae Lagerdahl with daughter Susan being born in 1966. As our patriarch, along with his four children, Wayne was Grampa to nine grandchildren, and Great Grampa to 10 great grandchildren. He so loved being wrapped in their love.
Everyone who knew Wayne will give testimony to his ethical compass, a sense of conviction for doing the right thing, and his generosity. Wayne was fiercely independent, adverse to excess, and prudent in his personal discipline consistent with his generation borne from the depths of the Great Depression. Wayne shied from praise while eloquently giving praise to others.

His quality of life and physical dexterity is legendary. Just short of his 96th birthday, Wayne and Rae embarked on their annual ritual traveling 1100 miles by truck and trailer to Montana to the family camp on the shores of Lake Hebgen, just outside west Yellowstone. One can only marvel at his ability to continue to make this drive, camp for weeks at a time, and fish every day from his boat that he carried on the top of his truck. All of his children and many grand/great grandchildren would gather at the lake with our greatest memory being his presiding over happy hour telling stories and exaggerating just "a little" about past and present fishing exploits. As a family, this tradition began in 1958 and continues to this day.

Family always came first for Wayne, with fishing and USC football a close second depending on the season. He and Rae, Long Beach residents the last 54 years, traveled the world enjoying their retirement years. He maintained an encyclopedic knowledge of the best places to visit in the West, and enjoyed the historical significance of "America's Greatest Idea", our National Parks and lands. He knew the best campsites!

Wayne leaves a loving family legacy whom he inspired, nurtured, and guided through the challenges of life including: His wife, Rae; children, Melinda Martin, Teri McLaughlin, James Wayne Scott and Susan Morales. Grampa leaves Jeff and Tipa Martin, Scott and Kristen McLaughlin, Zachary and Lea Scott, Kristen Martin, Jessica and Sean McCarty, Luke and Nadine Scott, Amanda Scott, Karlie and Erik Morales. Great Grampa leaves Ivy, Willa, June, Mara and Isabel Scott; Troy, Thai and Skylar Martin, Colin and Jacob McCarty. He so loved his sons in law, Tom McLauglin, James Martin and Rod Morales. Uncle Wayne leaves many loving nieces and nephews from the Scott and Roach families. The Greatest Generation lost another Hero

In honor of Wayne, the family has established a scholarship for aspiring elementary principals in the Long Beach state doctoral program where son Dr. James Scott is a professor. For those interested in contributing to this scholarship please find the following information:
Checks made out to CSULB 49er Foundation may be sent to the foundation office at 6300 State University Drive, Suite 332, Long Beach, CA 90815. Please indicate "Wayne Scott Memorial" on the memo line. You may also make a gift online at https://giveto.csulb.edu.CEDEDD07. Thank you. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Dec. 31, 2017
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