Jimmy D. Scott
1932 - 2020
Beck Memorial Home
209 E Grove St
Bloomington, IL 61701

BLOOMINGTON - Dr. Jimmy Dan Scott, 87 years old, of Bloomington passed away from this life peacefully on October 15, 2020 in Bloomington.

Jim was born December 2, 1932, in Carthage, Illinois to Lyle and Clarice Scott. He spent his childhood and adolescent years in Carthage, Illinois. Dr. Scott graduated from Carthage College with a bachelor's degree, Master's degree from Illinois State University and completed his Doctorate in Physical Education from the University of Missouri. He served in the U.S. Marine Reserves, and the U.S. Army.

Dr. Scott, Professor at Illinois State University, spent over 35 years teaching and Coaching at University High School, Normal, IL. Teaching Physical Education and Health Classes at U-High, coaching multiple sports, including Head Baseball, Head Girls and Boys Swimming, and Head Boys Golf Coach. He also lectured at Illinois State University and supervised many student teachers. Coach Scott also valued the many students, athletes, and other coaches with whom he kept in touch with over the years.

He was a member of the Carthage College Athletic Hall of Fame, Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, and University High School Alumni Association - Friend of U-High. Coach Scott and Illinois State University baseball Coach Duffy Bass (Deceased), were regularly active in American Legion Baseball, Baseball Camps and Clinics, and participated in a coaching clinic in Asahikawa, Japan (Bloomington - Normal's Sister City).

Jim is survived by his loving wife Carol Ruth (Zerbst) Scott. Sons: Roger Scott, Steve Scott, Tom Scott, and Jim Scott. Grandchildren: Meghan Moser, Austin Scott, Lauren Gauthier, Jackson Scott, Joshua Scott, T.J. Scott, Carley Scott, and 3 Great Grandchildren. Sister Laura Ann Carle of Carthage, IL; and all his beloved nieces and nephews: Kim Krieg, Pam Dion, Scott Carle, Joel Ellefritz, and Jana Kay Snodgrass.

Dr. Jimmy Dan Scott was preceded in death by his Father Lyle Scott and Mother Clarice (Duncan) Scott of Carthage, IL, older Brother Keith Scott of Casa Grande, Arizona, youngest Sister Sandy Ellefritz of Ferris, IL, and Niece Jan Carle of Carthage, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Lyle and Clarice Scott Scholarship Foundation at Illini West High School C/O Ryan Bliss, 600 Miller St. Carthage, IL 62321.

A private Family Interment Service will be held at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

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Published by The Pantagraph on Oct. 17, 2020.
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Coach Scott was not only an athletic coach, he was truly a life coach. More importantly, he was a wonderful father to Roger,Steve, Tommy and Jim! May his memories be a blessing to all the people he touched!
Tom Brown
October 22, 2020
My prayers are with the Scott family. He and Carol raised a wonderful family together. Coach Scott was a big influence on building my determintion and effort, tough but fair. 4 great sons to carry on. Our loss, Heaven's gain.
David Schramm
October 20, 2020
My sympathy for the Scott family. Coach Scott was a great person and coach and i know i loved playing for him in any sport i was playing he was hard but fair great times. Praying for the family
Mark Cottone
October 20, 2020
We extend our deepest sympathy to the entire Scott family. Our children benefited from being coached by Coach Scott while at University High. We are so sorry for your loss.
John and Nancy Wolter
October 19, 2020
Steve and Nancy, You have our Deepest Sympathy. We are so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in Good Memories of your Dad. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you.
John and Joyce Kamp
October 18, 2020
Coach Scott was a very good educator and a great coach. His influence on his students and his athletes were second to none always teaching the life lessons that was needed for success. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Scott family.
Dave Gannaway
October 18, 2020
Loved coach Scott. He was like a 2nd father to many of us and did his best to keep us on the straight and narrow. Also very talented coach.Leafned a lot from him that I've passed down to players in Florida
Brett Ellis
October 18, 2020
Arline & I met Carol & Jim in 1956 at Bloomington Housing Authority. The Scotts proceeded to teach us how to play bridge. Later we moved into an apartment on Fell Avenue above the Scotts. The Scotts were wonderful friends & neighbors. We have many fond memories.
Richard Wisner
October 18, 2020
Carol & family, We are so sorry to hear of Jim´s passing. Many prayers for your family.
Barb & Ken Metroff
October 17, 2020
Steve and Nancy our prayers are with you doing this very tough time. After reading more about him he touched so many and served in abundance to his community. I bet many of my family from Bloomington knew him.
Patrick and Nancy Nichting
October 17, 2020
Scotty was my first basketball coach at Uhigh and was followed by Bob Metcalf. Both have now passed on from this life. Both wonderful gentlemen and great people. Hope to see them in heaven on day.
Gene Lee
October 17, 2020
Sorry to hear of Jim´s passing. What a great coach
Jean and Frank Chiodo
October 17, 2020
My utmost sympathy to Coach Scott and his family. Please take comfort in the fact that he made a profound difference in my life and certainty in the countless lives of hundreds if not thousands of young people he taught, mentored or coached. His legacy lives on in his family and in all the young people he touched and influenced. He was the real article. He was someone who really did make a difference on the positive side of life´s ledger. Be proud in knowing that truth and God bless your family.
James OConnor
October 17, 2020
A marvelous man whom I have known since his arrival at U. High in 1957. Literally thousands of young people have been the beneficiaries of his excellence as a coach and educator. He will be sorely missed.
Tom Barger
October 17, 2020
Coach Scott was one in a group of very talented coaches at University High School. We were very fortunate to have him to teach and motivate us all. His creation of the "Goon Squad" was one of the favorites!
Michael Macesich
October 17, 2020
Coach taught great discipline to a lot of us. We are all grateful to have him as our coach.
Hal Chiodo
October 17, 2020
Prayers and sympathy to you all. Coach always had a great smile and a warm hello - a really nice man. I´m sorry for your loss.
Lori Koehler-Brown
October 17, 2020
My deepest sympathies to the Scott family. Playing for Coach Scott was a pleasure. He was one of the individuals that influenced my life over the years.
Doug Deavers
October 17, 2020