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Dennis Lee Scott

January 19, 1942 January 1, 2019
Dennis Lee Scott
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Dennis Lee Scott, ladies’ man, fancy dresser, hard worker, and sportsman, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 while watching the Rose Bowl and surrounded by his loved ones. Dennis was born on January 19, 1942, in Preston, Idaho to Ailean Pickett Scott and Denna Landon Scott. Dennis was world renown for his love of life and good times.

When Dennis was a small boy, his parents divorced. When he was six years old, his mom married Ronald Orlan Scott, who raised him and was his Dad for the re-mainder of his life. Dennis was raised in Pocatello, attended Jefferson and Roose-velt Elementary, Alameda Junior High, and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1959. He spent most of his life between Pocatello Idaho, Preston Idaho, Lewis-ton Idaho, Smithfield Utah, El Monte California, and the Houston Texas area.

Dennis had an amazing childhood that included great memories of baseball, fish-ing, bullying his younger brothers Gary, Ron Jr. and Tim, chasing girls, and blow-ing up mailboxes. Dennis also loved spending his summers in Smithfield, Utah helping on Uncle Calvin and Aunt Marilyn’s mink farm and swimming with his Beutler and Pickett Cousins and his younger brother Gary. It was a treat for any-one in the family to hear a story from his childhood. He grew up playing baseball, football, and basketball and continued playing throughout his younger adult years. Dennis played softball with his brother Tim into his early 40’s.

At the age of 17 Dennis walked down to the Post Office and joined the United States Air Force for 4 years and then reenlisted in the United States Navy for 2 more years. Dennis was primarily stationed in Utah, Texas, California, Africa, and Germany. Dennis was extremely proud of his service, as was his entire family.

The women in his life were numerous. He loved his mother Ailean (Pickett) Scott, his older sister Julie Sherinian and youngest sibling Janine Renberg. He married 4 times: Joyce Crookes, Jenny Lawless, Diana Beck, and Sandy Gail.

When his time in the military was over, he married his first wife Joyce Louise Crookes who he’d been dating in California during his time in the military. They moved to Pocatello but Dennis decided to go back to California to find work. He then sent for Joyce once he started working in the pool industry. Two children were born to this union, Eric Scott-Lubrano and Jason Scott-Lubrano. They were later divorced.

He then married Jenny Lynn Lawless on July 17, 1971. They moved back to Pocatello and were together 23 years. Jenny and Dennis raised three children Roe-buck, Melissa, and Denise. They were later divorced.

He later married Diana Beck and she preceded him in death in 2004. Dennis and Diana enjoyed time gardening and traveling with his Dad, Orlan.

After her death and his retirement, Dennis decided he was tired of the snow and cold and moved to Orange, TX, where his brother Gary lived and had just retired from the police department. He and Gary were inseparable. The brothers decided they were too bored sitting at home and needed to make more money so they could play golf nearly every day. They had both built fences in the past, so they started their own fencing company. Dennis and Gary did fencing for a few hours a day and then off to the golf course they would go.

He met his fourth wife, Sandy Gail, in Orange, TX. They were later married. Sandy preceded him in death in 2013.

Soon after Sandy’s passing, his brother, Gary, passed as well. Dennis decided to move back to Pocatello, but that only lasted a few months before he was sick of the cold and wanted to move back to Texas. He then moved to the Dallas area and lived with his daughter Melissa, and her family. In August 2016, Melissa and her family decided to move back to Pocatello to be close to other family members. Dad moved back to Pocatello with them and stayed until his passing.

Dennis was a very hard working man his entire life and rarely called in sick, even on Mondays. Dennis started his first job at age 14 pumping gas at a local gas sta-tion. Dennis worked for only a small number of companies in his lifetime, which is a testament of his loyalty and hard work. He worked very hard and never had any-thing given to him. He worked for Jackson’s Garage, San Marino Pool Company, Electrical Wholesale, D&S Electrical, and Scott Enterprises fence building with his brother Gary. Early in his career he would frequently ride a bicycle or walk to work, even in the Idaho snow and cold. This daily activity was to leave his wife with the car.

Dennis had many hobbies and interests, which usually included being outside. Dennis would rather be outside, or on a deck, or on a patio, or in a garage than ev-er be inside. Dennis enjoyed ping pong, gardening, and really tried hard at golf. The golf was forced upon him, as he felt he was missing out on way too many good times with friends and family. A special memory for Dad happened one day at the yearly Pickett reunion, where both Eric and Jason hit dad with golf balls. He had a life-long love affair with family, beer, barbecue, and being around great peo-ple. Dennis also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brothers Tim and Gary, and son Roe. Bullshitting, calling people out on their bullshit (booshit as he would say), and setting people straight on any historical event that occurred during his lifetime or military service was something Dad did well. He loved to watch west-erns, football, post-season baseball, and Nascar. Dennis was always interested in local high school and college scores.

He took extreme pride and loved to talk about his 14 grandchildren Ashley, Ray-mond, Eric Jr., Haylee, Britni, Broc, Bo, Parker, Paige, Cameron, Derek, Anna, Al-lie, Allaina, and great grandchild Savannah.

Dennis’ signature daily look was all his. A T-shirt designed by something clean that fits, his elastic-waist shorts, and a pair of Nikes. The man was born with a ball cap and was hardly ever seen without one.

Dad was Commander of the Orange Texas American Legion Post 49 for 2 years. This was an assignment that Dennis enjoyed and took very seriously. It was also a special time because his brother Gary was Vice Commander. Both brothers were very involved in the American Legion while working on fundraisers, assisting oth-er members, and proposing agenda items for the Post.

Dennis was preceded in death by his mother, father, 2 wives, his brother, grand-parents and multiple aunts and uncles. He is survived by his children Eric(Leslie) of Eastvale, CA, Jason (Juanita) of San Ramon, CA, Roebuck (Teri) of Pocatello ID, Melissa (Rick) of Pocatello and Denise Scott-Jones of Pocatello. He is also survived by his grandchildren and great grandchild, Ashley, Eric Jr., Haylee, Par-ker, Paige, Raymond, Britni, Broc, Bo, Cameron, Derek, Anna, Allie, Allaina, and Savannah. Surviving siblings include Julie (Bob) of Laguna Beach, CA, Ronald Jr. of Pocatello, ID, Tim (Diane) of Boise, ID, and Janine (Paul) of Queen Creek, AZ. His family will hold a private, family only military service in the month’s to come.

The family would also like to thank the Huntsman’s Cancer Center, University of Utah Hospital, Portneuf Medical Center, the Pocatello Veteran’s Home, and Encompass Health.
Honoring his wishes, Dennis will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave, Pocatello. Please share memories, photographs and condolences on Dennis's tribute wall.


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