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Jesse Scott

September 1, 1930 — December 16, 2023

Jesse Scott

September 1, 1930 — December 16, 2023

Palm Springs


Jesse Lee Scott, a proud fourth generation Oregonian who was a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, friend to so many, and our hero, passed away peacefully at 8:40 the morning of December 16, 2023 in Palm Springs. He was 93.

The patriarch of our family, he had a remarkable journey, a good life well lived, and leaves behind a legacy that we are all immensely proud of.

Born in the early throes of the Great Depression, dad was 11 listening to the radio when news broke about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. At 19 he almost bled to death on a remote island in Alaska when, after spending time sharpening his axe, he slipped on a wet log and landed on it.

In 1952, during the Korean War, dad went on active duty with the Navy as a Seabee for two years, mostly in...Alaska. A love of photography and a part time job with the Oregon Journal shooting football, basketball, boxing and track in both Eugene and Corvallis, he succeeded his Naval discharge by enrolling in a New York photography school. The trip from Eugene on a Greyhound Bus took 93 hours.

The mid 50's brought him to Potter Valley, California where he met Betty Christofferson and her two young boys Mike and Keith. Their marriage in 1957 instantly started the family phase in dad's life with two sons, only to double that with Dale in 1959 and Tim four years later.

While working and raising us, he continued his lifelong love of hunting and fishing, traveled throughout Oregon camping, hiking and scaling mountains, took up water skiing and tennis, opened a muzzle loading gun shop and started competing in muzzle loading shoots, joined the Lions Club and continued his lifelong support of his beloved Oregon Ducks. He started cross country skiing at 60 and downhill skiing at 64. Dad continued playing tennis until he was 90.

His love and devotion to his family inspired us all. He is already missed.

Jess is survived by his wife of 66 years Betty Ann Scott (Potts), sons Dale Allan (Michael) and Timothy Ray Scott, granddaughter Katie (JR) Johnson, Julie (Cary) Beer, and grandson Shilo Fillman Scott, five great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Jess was preceded in death by his parents, Lyle Rupert and Helen Etta Scott (Monteith), sister Billie Fairbanks, brother Lyle "Leamon" Scott, sons Mike and Keith Christofferson, and granddaughter Lisa Christofferson.

As per his wishes, there will be no service. We may have a celebration of life and will keep everyone informed.

Please no flowers, but if you want to honor Jess and the life he led, please make a donation in his name to one or more of these charities:

American Heart Association

Stand Up To Cancer

Umps Care Charities

Thank you.

Dale and Tim Scott


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