Lt. Col. (ret.) Scott Lee Wilcox, age 53, of Sugar Run, Pa., tragically passed away in an aircraft accident on July 19, 2017 in Monroe Township, Bradford County.
He was born on July 3, 1964 in Towanda, Pa. The son of the late Donald Wilcox and Henrietta Price of Towanda, Scott was delivered by Dr. Pete. He attended school in Wyalusing where he graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School in 1982. After graduation, he attended Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania via an AFROTC scholarship. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography (Urban/Regional Planning), graduating Cum Laude in 1986 and commissioned as 2nd Lt. He received the honor of top-ranked Urban and Regional Planning graduate.
While in the Air Force, he received a master's degree in Human Resources Management in 1994 from Webster University and another that same year in International Relations. He also graduated from the prestigious program of Human Resources Management at Cornell University in 1998.
Scott entered the U.S. Air Force attending Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) at Laughlin AFT, Texas. He was later medically grounded and accepted to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations in 1988 as a Special Investigative Officer. He was appointed to high ranking commissions such as Chief of Performance Management Division, Air Cargo Section, Plans and Programs, and Counterintelligence. Several assignments included worldwide counterintelligence and anti-terrorism missions, as well as Commander of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations Antiterrorism Team. He also served as the program director and visiting lecturer at Cornell University. During his tenure, the Cornell University AFROTC leadership development program was ranked number one in the nation. Scott was the Lead Defensive Tactics instructor for the United States (OSI) Antiterrorism Team. In 2008, Scott was appointed Chief of Investigative Division, Office of Military Commissions, Office of Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. He served in that role until his retirement from the Air Force in 2011.
Scott married Marion Bouika Wilcox in 1987. They had a daughter, Haley, in 1996. They later divorced and remained good friends
Scott married Jennifer Hoffman Wilcox on March 4, 2006. They have a daughter, Mia. From his union to Jennifer, he became a devoted father to Alyssa and Alec Alaniz.
Scott loved martial arts and was continually involved in martial arts instruction for over 30 years. He had black belts in multiple styles of karate and was a certified Krav Maga military and law enforcement instructor for the USA. Scott was the owner of EDGE Fitness and Martial Arts where he spent his time teaching friends and neighbors of the Bradford County community many different types of martial arts. He was also a mentor, coach and friend to his students and coworkers.
In 2011, Scott opened the EDGE Security Solutions which provided a variety of defense training, handgun training, and self-defense for businesses and individuals. He remained in that capacity until his passing.
Scott was a proud member of the NRA, Victory Church, Towanda Masonic Lodge, Endless Mountains Heritage Region, Life Center Board, and Towanda Gun Club. He enjoyed living life to the fullest with hobbies including traveling, hunting, skiing, scuba diving, snowmobiling, motorcycles, and riding fast cars!
Scott had a passion for flying and spent much of his free time piloting his plane. He enjoyed taking flights around Bradford County and waving to family, friends, and neighbors while flying by. He was doing exactly what he loved at the time of his passing July 19, 2017.
Scott was preceeded in death by father, Donald Albert Wilcox on May 5, 1992, and Chieko and Martin Doherty. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Henrietta and Mark Honchell; his wife, Jennifer; four children, Haley, Mia, Alyssa and Alec; sisters, Kim (Wayne) Miller and Yvonne (Corey) Sickler; nieces, Shanna (Keith) Anderson, Andrea Miller, Jennifer Johnson, Joyce Johnson, June Johnson, and Emile Hoffman; nephews, Clayton Miller, Mitchell Hoffman, Tyler Hoffman, and Ryan Hoffman; and several great nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Victory Church in Troy, Pa., with Pastor Josh Payne of the church officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church. Military rites will be held at the church preceding the celebration of life service and will be conducted by the members of Air Force Military Honor Guard and the members of the Wyalusing American Legion Post #534 as well as Masonic services conducted by the members of the Union Wyalusing Lodge #108 F&AM Masonic Lodge in Towanda, Pa.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Scott's name to the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Co., 58 River View Road, Sugar Run, PA 18846 or to the Wyalusing Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 68, Wyalusing, PA 18853.
Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, PA 18853. Online condolences may be made at www.sheldonfuneralhomes.com.
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Review (Towanda, PA).