Wilford Wayne Scott, 80, passed away peacefully November 29, 2023, in Ogden, Utah. He was born May 18, 1943, in Fielding, Utah, to Walter Andrew and Hazel Ellen (Mangum) Scott.
On January 10, 1964, he married his sweetheart, Judy Ann Morgan. On June 5, 1965, they were sealed for time and all eternity in the Los Angeles Temple. Together, they had seven children: Rita (Wes) Flaten, Cecil, Val (deceased), Shane (Mandy), Shanna (Matt) Deamer, Joe (Nancy), Walter (Katie). He was a wonderful son, husband, father, and brother. He had many grandchildren and many, many great-grandchildren. He was an involved and enthusiastic Grandpa and Grandpa-Great. Family was everything to him.
Survivors include his wife, 6 children, sisters, Marilyn Dahneke and Dora Stradling, and brothers: Wes, Harry, Lee, and Harold. In addition to his parents and son, Val, he was preceded in death by 5 sisters and 7 brothers.
He affectionately called Judy, Antelope, because he said that when he called her Dear, everyone would turn around. In turn, she affectionately called him Buffalo. He had a tender heart and tears would spring to his eyes whenever it was touched.
He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He deeply loves his Savior and his family. He was an example of service, sacrifice, integrity, and charity. With his sweetheart, he served 2 missions. The first was canning food at the Ogden Cannery for those in need. The second was in Nauvoo, Illinois, where he fulfilled a long awaited dream to be a teamster, working the horses and wagons. They attended the Ogden and Brigham City Temples multiple times a week, gathering their eternal family there.
He loved nature and camping with his family in North Fork Campground. He grew a huge garden with the best produce, which he loved to share with everyone. He especially loved growing tomatoes, peppers and onions for salsa. From the birth of his first grandchild, he included more and more pumpkins every year. He was fondly known as “Pumpkin Willie” because he shared these pumpkins with the world.
He had ponies that pulled his large red wagon and loved to give rides to his family and friends, the scouts, schools; like his garden, he shared them with everyone.
One of his favorite things was to gather his family and friends. Sometimes around the BBQ pit in his front yard, on the tables and benches he made and sometimes inside the house. The house was never too small to gather his people and everyone was family to him.
He enjoyed scouting of any kind, building the character and futures of many boys. He guided his own 4 boys to Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America program. He was nominated for and awarded the Silver Beaver, which is given to scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service. His favorite church calling was being a scout leader for SNAP (the Special Needs Activities Program).
He was enlisted in the Navy for a few years and was on a ship during the Vietnam War. He then worked as a machinist for Hill Air Force Base, retiring with 42 years of federal service.
Willie was always grateful and we express deep gratitude to all those who cared for him.
Graveside services were held for family on December 3rd at the Plain City Cemetery. Memorial services will be held December 9th at 1:00 p.m. in his ward building, 1800 W 1800 N, Farr West. For those who are unable to attend in person, the services can be viewed at https://zoom.us/j/97221145591
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Primary Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choosing.