ForeverMissed
Donald Scott, 68, of Mesa, AZ went to be with the Lord January 25th of natural causes while with his wife in their camper. Born April 12, 1952 in Waukasha County, Wisconsin, he was the son of the late, Dorothy Harris Scott.

Enjoyable moments of his career was building agricultural irrigation systems for Pawnee Supply in Cody, WY; 19 yrs. as a technician for Culligan in Round Lake, IL and driving tractor-trailer passing through 48 of the continental US states. Don loved the Green Bay Packers, John Wayne, watching westerns and reading Louis L'Amore books. He had a passion for cooking and blessed many people with his creations. He loved to travel and spent 21 years journeying to as many places as possible with his wife and best friend Gwen. Together, they retired in 2018 loaded up their camper and experienced the Northwestern US for a dream vacation, resulting in 20 months of traveling together, being camp hosts and touring many or our country's National Parks and Monuments as well as many remote and well known places. They settled in Mesa, AZ , unable to resume their travels due to health reasons. Don and his companion dog Peaches were inseparable.

Don will be greatly missed by his wife, Gwen Beatty of Mesa, AZ, his four sons, Damon Scott (Jill) of Lake Saint Louis, MO, Jared Scott (Petri) of Fort Worth, TX, Justin Scott and Derek Scott of Naples, FL, his two stepchildren, Jason Beatty (Allison) of Mesa, AZ, Rebekah Salles of Arcadia, FL. His grandchildren, Julia, Isabella, Odin, Orion, Jet, Sydney, Lyla and Robson, Jr. His sister Brett Hodson of Billings, MT. and several neices and nephews and all those whose lives he touched just for being him. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Scott. He will be remembered for his love for others, his passion that he carried into every aspect of his life and for always having an interesting fact or trivia to share.

A Celebration of Don's Life will be held on April 12, 2021 (his birthday) at 10:00 am at Christ's Church in the Valley, East Campus, Mesa. AZ.

Posted by Jared Scott on April 8, 2021
Dad you will be missed!
It still doesn’t feel real yet.
I have YOU to thank for my love of John Wayne and American history. You food making abilities were awesome (from the goulash to tacos and enchiladas) and every meal was a surprise. The way I yell at the TV when my favorite teams are playing, I learned from you. I can remember you telling me if “you tell loud it enough they will hear you”. Trust me, I think they have heard me a few times. At least I know the neighbors have. Still one of my favorite memories of football was the trip we took with Damon and Grandma to Lambeau Field on Dec 20th, 1992. That was a great trip!!!!!
I have never seen a tailgate like that. I never saw a bed go in a hotel pool until after that game! I remember you telling me “Packers fans get a little excited when their team wins”. I guess that why I am a Chiefs fan today (never liked a water bed).
You were a good grandfather! I am so glad the boys got to see you and spend time with you. You being here when Orion was born was special and always sending them postcards from your travels. I will make sure to share your stories and life lessons with them. I will also share with Isabella what you said about her and what you wanted her to know. I know she will be touch by it.

I know this does cover everything but thank you Dad for being yourself and always showing your family the right way to treat people and putting manners first. Thank you for your love and support in whatever we wanted to do as kids. No matter what sport it was you were there to support or coach. Thank you Dad for being your own corkey self with the funny ways you talked and joked around. I will miss them now that’s for sure. Love you!!! Rest Easy and we will see each other again someday. Thanks for being my Dad I would not pick another. I know you are in a better place. Just make sure everyone has enough to eat up there. I just hope I will be able to hear your cheering on your Packers from heaven.

I say again I could not have asked for a better Dad! You meant a lot of things to different people but you were always Dad to me and I love you for that! Rest Easy Buddy! Love you Dad!
Posted by tuscansundreamer sunshine on February 23, 2021
My memories of Don include loving the Lord, loving to serve others, and making yummy food to share! He was a big teddy bear and loved Gwen so much. Their travels together is a true testament to how couples can get along and share all that is great with living life! Much love to Gwen and her beautiful family. May God keep you all in His care during this time of sorrow. Love you, Lynne
Posted by Gwen Beatty on February 22, 2021
One month ago today I lost the love of my life. He loved me unconditionally and gave me 21 years of experiences that I will never forget. My heart is broken that he is not here with me but I know where he is. He loved the Lord with all his heart and I know that I will be able to see him again someday. He taught me what true unconditional love was with the way he treated me. There was never a day that went by without him telling me several times how much he loved me and how he loved our life together. Our travels together over the years especially the last two 1/2 years were amazing and a dream come true that was over way too soon. He was the best travel mate I could ever have. He was not only my husband but he was my best friend and I miss him so, so much. He will forever and always be in my heart. I love you Don.
Posted by Jason Beatty on February 22, 2021
Don was my step dad and although I never lived with he and my mom, I did get the privilege of spending some time with him. I think we can all agree he was a strange dude…but there is no doubt that he loved the Lord, loved cooking, loved life, and most importantly he loved and treated my mom like a husband should! He always had some goofy statistic or story to tell, and I am thankful he was able to be part of my life and that my son, Jet, was able to meet his “Popy” and enjoy the time he had with him!

Thanks Don for putting up with my mom all of the time you did! :-)

You will be missed.

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Posted by Jared Scott on April 8, 2021
Dad you will be missed!
It still doesn’t feel real yet.
I have YOU to thank for my love of John Wayne and American history. You food making abilities were awesome (from the goulash to tacos and enchiladas) and every meal was a surprise. The way I yell at the TV when my favorite teams are playing, I learned from you. I can remember you telling me if “you tell loud it enough they will hear you”. Trust me, I think they have heard me a few times. At least I know the neighbors have. Still one of my favorite memories of football was the trip we took with Damon and Grandma to Lambeau Field on Dec 20th, 1992. That was a great trip!!!!!
I have never seen a tailgate like that. I never saw a bed go in a hotel pool until after that game! I remember you telling me “Packers fans get a little excited when their team wins”. I guess that why I am a Chiefs fan today (never liked a water bed).
You were a good grandfather! I am so glad the boys got to see you and spend time with you. You being here when Orion was born was special and always sending them postcards from your travels. I will make sure to share your stories and life lessons with them. I will also share with Isabella what you said about her and what you wanted her to know. I know she will be touch by it.

I know this does cover everything but thank you Dad for being yourself and always showing your family the right way to treat people and putting manners first. Thank you for your love and support in whatever we wanted to do as kids. No matter what sport it was you were there to support or coach. Thank you Dad for being your own corkey self with the funny ways you talked and joked around. I will miss them now that’s for sure. Love you!!! Rest Easy and we will see each other again someday. Thanks for being my Dad I would not pick another. I know you are in a better place. Just make sure everyone has enough to eat up there. I just hope I will be able to hear your cheering on your Packers from heaven.

I say again I could not have asked for a better Dad! You meant a lot of things to different people but you were always Dad to me and I love you for that! Rest Easy Buddy! Love you Dad!
Posted by tuscansundreamer sunshine on February 23, 2021
My memories of Don include loving the Lord, loving to serve others, and making yummy food to share! He was a big teddy bear and loved Gwen so much. Their travels together is a true testament to how couples can get along and share all that is great with living life! Much love to Gwen and her beautiful family. May God keep you all in His care during this time of sorrow. Love you, Lynne
Posted by Gwen Beatty on February 22, 2021
One month ago today I lost the love of my life. He loved me unconditionally and gave me 21 years of experiences that I will never forget. My heart is broken that he is not here with me but I know where he is. He loved the Lord with all his heart and I know that I will be able to see him again someday. He taught me what true unconditional love was with the way he treated me. There was never a day that went by without him telling me several times how much he loved me and how he loved our life together. Our travels together over the years especially the last two 1/2 years were amazing and a dream come true that was over way too soon. He was the best travel mate I could ever have. He was not only my husband but he was my best friend and I miss him so, so much. He will forever and always be in my heart. I love you Don.
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Shared by Brett Hodson on March 6, 2021
Many favorite stories to tell of our childhood are about Yellowstone National Park. We camped there almost every year...at least a weekend or a whole week. Tent camping, our single mom and her 2 kids. This was the time when you could drive to Yellowstone and pick a campsite on the spot. There was a campground in the Old Faithful area back then. There were bears everywhere, even a bear trap in our campsite one time and they caught a bear in it that night.

Dotty's favorite spot was a tree near Grand Geyser. There are benches there now, but back then it was just a narrow wooden boardwalk. She would take a blanket, a thermos of coffee and her book and sit under a tree to wait for Grand to erupt. Don and I would wander the surrounding geyser basins and check back occasionally until we had seen Grand from a distance or she was tired of waiting (which was rare). We knew the rules of staying on the boardwalks and pathways, and Don was a good "big brother," always watching out for me and making sure I was safe.

I also remember Don and I playing in the creek that went near the campground and cabins...we would float sticks and have "boat" races. Oh my, how many hours we could kill just enjoying nature!

Every day Dotty would get up early and start the campfire, warm up the cocoa before waking us. Lunch would be sandwiches and Cook's potato chips from a greasy paper bag...yum! After dark, we would always go to the Fireside Talk and learn something from the Park Rangers about wildlife, geology, etc.

I miss my big brother :-(