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Don McCarty Scott

June 6, 1938 November 6, 2018
Don McCarty Scott
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Celebration of Don McCarty Scott's Life - By Norene Scott:
Don died on November 6, 2018 in Gig Harbor, Washington. He was 80. I had the great privilege of loving him and sharing his life for over 50 years. My name is Norene Scott.
We met in law school. Don saw me before I saw him and he told the man next to him that he planned to marry me. When I met him, my life changed forever. When people say that love at first sight doesn't exist, I think that it's only because they weren't fortunate enough to experience it.

Don was magnificent, larger than life. He was brilliant, passionate about many things, loved discussing anything and would sometimes take the opposite side in a conversation just to keep it going. It wasn't possible to be a lazy thinker with Don. He challenged preconceived ideas.

He struggled with severe Attention Deficit Disorder his entire life. He was disorganized, messy, exuberant, turned the water faucet on full blast, left every light in the house on, listened to loud music and TV at the same time, burned shrubbery every time he tried to barbecue, and required great understanding and compassion. A stroke in 2016 partially blinded him and caused some brain damage. Those who met him after that never really knew the real Don.

We had many wonderful trips together. No itinerary, just get to a country, rent a car, and go. Amazingly, we never had to sleep in the car. Down dirt roads, having no idea what we would find at the end.

Don was wonderfully silly and could always make me laugh. I would be intent on a project and he would completely derail me with a comment that came in sideways, taking me by surprise.

Don practiced law, ran steam garden railways, peered through telescopes, collected antique firearms, airguns, and ancient coins, gloried in knowing he came from Vikings and extensively studied Roman history. His light reading consisted of "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich", the writings of Cicero, and Scandinavian sagas. We visited many ancient graveyards and ruins.
When we met, Don was delighted that I came with a ready-made family, our beloved daughter, Cristy. She and her husband, Mike Pugh, have raised three wonderful children - Hayden (now married to Zach Stoner), Maddie, and Coop. He met his first wife, Amelia, when he was in the Navy, stationed in Malta. She has always been a dear friend. Don has one brother, Geoffrey, married to Catherine, and two nephews, Matthew and Christopher.

It's difficult to imagine life going on without him. He was such a grand presence and will leave a void that no one else could fill. Good bye, my Sweetheart.

Handwritten Letter from Don to Norene. April 26, 2007
My love,
If you are reading this and I'm not around because of some mishap or accident, remember this:
I love you more than you can imagine. Also, never forget that you are strong and tough and very resourceful and well-loved by many.
Our life together has been a really wonderful and delicious way to spend one's life and I do not regret one second of it.
I love you- please live the rest of your time to the fullest and never forget our time together.
Our love is forever,

A Poem from Norene to Don.
My love-
Wonderful man;
Grand man;
Pushes, nudges, keeps me off balance;
Sees things sideways
No tunnel vision there.
Mind questing, probing, teasing
Silly, loving, blue eyes crinkled laughing;
Big arms, solid; there, always there.
Would die for me;
Would kill for me;
Down side roads -
What's over there?
No neat compulsive tidiness
Large, rumpled, here
Very much here, always.
Not a planner- no calendars;
Teaches me, balances me, unsettles me;
Loves me, loves me.

For my dear husband, Don McCarty Scott,
on his 60th birthday, June 6, 1998

With my undying devotion,
your wife, Norene

My Beloved Norene (by Don)

A band of Diamonds and gold I give to you as the physical symbol of my love.
This I know for sure. That as I loved you the very moment I first laid eyes on you I do so love you now and will forever into the future love only you.

As we age our passing will be inevitable. However of this I am certain: This love is a thing of such power that it will last into the ages.

We have loved through good and bad. There were times where I could not tell where it would lead us but I never wavered. Even in the worst of times there was the overwhelming faith that our love existed.

When self doubt racks me, when I feel at my weakest but a single glance form you brings me back step by step, a sweet word, a touch and I am whole. Would that there was within me a stronger core I still would need to see, to hear, to feel, to touch, to taste, to love you.

As you have been for almost 40 years,
You are at my very core,
you are my love,
you are my all,
You are my Saxon woman,
My Norene.

Your husband,
May 26, 2008

Memorial Service to be held November 30, 2018 10:30 am at Edwards Memorial - Lakewood, 11020 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, with a reception to follow.
The Scott family invites those staying for the reception to bring potluck finger-food to share.
Note: This facility does not permit alcoholic beverages.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly recommends that those wishing to send a commemorative gift, please make it a contribution to Gig Harbor Library.

Arrangements by Edwards Memorial, Funerals Homes, Chapels and Crematories.

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10:30 AM 11/30/2018 10:30:00 AM
Edwards Memorial Lakewood

11020 S. Tacoma Way
Lakewood, WA 98499

Edwards Memorial Lakewood
11020 S. Tacoma Way Lakewood 98499 WA
United States





11:30 AM 11/30/2018 11:30:00 AM - 2:30 PM 11/30/2018 2:30:00 PM
Edwards Memorial Lakewood

11020 S. Tacoma Way
Lakewood, WA 98499

Edwards Memorial Lakewood
11020 S. Tacoma Way Lakewood 98499 WA
United States

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