In Memory

Fred Scott - Class Of 1954

Fred Scott

Fred E. Scott DMD

June 18, 1936 – May 14, 2015

Born to Naomi and Delbert Scott in Portland, OR

Fred was the youngest of three boys. The oldest brother Delbert of Boise, ID and Ironside, OR (deceased) and Donald of Gresham, OR. 

Although the Scott family moved around Oregon following their Father's career as a football coach, the boys made life-long friends from all the communities in which they resided. 

Fred graduated from Vale Union High School in1954 and remained active in planning the class reunions. He also had strong ties to Corvallis, where he had attended school in younger years and then graduated from OSU.

Fred pursued and accomplished his degree in Dentistry, graduating from University of Oregon Dental School in 1963. He had a successful practice in the Sellwood-Moreland area for 50 years. He retired in January of this year and was still sorting out his plans for the years ahead. He remained an active member of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and was active with Clackamas and Multnomah County Dental Societies. He volunteered with several community dental functions throughout the years including the Cantwell Golf Tournament and Oregon Mission of Mercy.

Fred's most recent dental assistant, Loretta Richmond, worked with Fred for 25 years. Together they considered most patients close friends. They could banter back and forth, with Loretta interpreting what the patients were “mumbling” for Fred. After his retirement he would make weekly visits with Loretta to just catch up and do brain teasers from the paper. 

Fred is survived by his wife Ardine Lacey Scott ("Punky") of the Portland landmark The Bomber. Together they were married nearly 53 years. They had 2 children; Jayson Scott, married to Terry, and Kelly McLain, married to Tom (all of Milwaukie, OR) and a foster son Martin Plotner, married to Michelle, of West Linn, OR. 

Fred also left behind some amazing grandchildren: Amanda, Andrew, Riley, Brady Jo, Dylan, Jesse, Grant and a new great-grandson, Chevy.

Fred had the gift of gab and an amazing recall for all kinds of information. His mind was a vast library of stories. He remained close friends with folks he met in grade school, high school, college and dental school. 

He was a terrible teller of jokes, yet had a great sense of humor and was constantly collecting funny material to share with friends and family. 

He maintained his original family homestead in Willowcreek, OR and farmed the land with the help of local Willowcreek companions. As the family and circle of friends grew, the ranch became the gathering site of many camp-outs, hunts and reunions. Fred loved the annual pheasant hunt, but preferred to carry a shovel instead of a shotgun to "hunt thistle." 

Fred had strong ties to the Eastern Oregon community, but also to Corvallis and the Dental school community. He was a strong supporter of OSU, the Phi Delts, and the Beavers. He spent many seasons in the pouring down rain, cheering with his pals from the stadium seats and enjoying post-game gatherings. 

Many remember Fred from his connections with the Bomber. Marrying into the business, he was a strong supporter of his wife and her career and, of course, loved to eat at the restaurant. He could be seen bussing tables or talking with staff and customers, and was often part of the "flight crew" at Bomber catering events. 

Fred had a generous heart and gave in so many ways. He loved to hand out toothbrushes and toothpaste, and always had a big supply close at hand.

Fred was known for his enthusiasm and genuine smile. He was vivacious and happy up to the last. He enjoyed dancing and could boogie with the best of 'em. Fred spent many of his younger years skiing with family and friends, and played softball with his buddies from the "Over the Hill Gang." He loved good home-cooked food, and desserts were his favorite.