Lyle L. Scott, DVM
August 11, 1944 - April 8, 2016
It is with the most heartfelt sorrow that we share the passing of a man who will be deeply missed, and never forgotten. Born August 11, 1944 in Kettle River, Minnesota, Lyle L. Scott was the younger of two children. Lyle’s father LuVerne was an electrician and diesel mechanic; his mother Goldie a school teacher. As a young child, the family moved to Bremerton, Washington, and then settled in Lebanon, Oregon in 1949. When Lyle’s father, LuVerne passed away in 1950, it was a blessing to have such a tightly knit family. His uncles, aunts, and dear granddad took young Lyle under their wings and instilled in him strong values of hard work, honesty, kindness, farming, and a love of the outdoors and open spaces. All the hard work and discipline in the world couldn’t have removed the sparkle from Lyle’s eye – he was mischievous, dexterous, curious and clever.
In 1964, Lyle met the love of his life, Linda Blanchard of Sweet Home, Oregon. Married in 1967, Lyle and Linda were devoted to each other in every way. Lyle was accepted into Colorado State University, and the two were off on the first of many adventures to Fort Collins for his undergraduate studies followed by a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. After nine years in Colorado, Lyle and Linda were eager to return to Oregon. Lyle started working for Dr. Don Howard in Salem before starting his own practice in 1977. Dr. Scott owned Salem Park Veterinary Clinic for 34 years, before retiring in 2011. With his wisdom, tender care and dry wit he treated each client and pet kindly and as family. The office was a hub for story-telling, friendship, and support.
Lyle was devoted to his family and loved life. He was the most dedicated father his two daughters could ask for; he was always loving, supportive and kind. As busy as he was, he always made time for his grandchildren – “Poppy” was always ready to build a castle, have a tea party, dig in the sand, or sing a song. He loved us all fiercely, and we knew it. He lived his life without regrets, and words of appreciation were never left unsaid.
Lyle had interests in many areas. He was passionate about motorcycles, steam trains, beer making, fishing, plaid shirts, camping, scuba diving, skiing, traveling in his RV, sailing, remodeling projects, gardening, stained glasswork, and photography – and did it all so well. Some of his favorite travels were to Lake Shasta, Fishermen’s Bend, Mexico, Bonaire, Ireland, England, China, and Guatemala. He loved working on his small farm chopping and flawlessly stacking wood, welding, and his legendary semi-legal burn piles. Lyle loved music and could pick up any instrument and play it. He played saxophone in his high school band, harmonica, and guitar. He was an avid Trail Blazer fan, loved the Beavers, and was loyal to both the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. He enjoyed classic country music, and lived life with cowboy ethics and chivalry. His handshake was warm, he was trustworthy, honest and a true patriot. He showed kindness and compassion for all.
Lyle was taken from us far too soon in a tragic farm accident on April 8, 2016 in Sweet Home, Oregon doing what he loved. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Linda; daughters Leslie (Scott) DeRoche and Darcy (Scott) Southard, son-in-laws Brian DeRoche and Gerrit Southard, grandchildren Vivian DeRoche (3 years), Henry DeRoche (1 year), and Avery Southard (1 year). Also surviving are his sister and brother-in-law Carolyn (Scott) and Dean Kortge of Eugene and many cousins and aunts.
The outpouring of love and support for his family has been a great comfort during this terrible time. The depth of our grief and devastation is a testimony to what a treasure he was. May we find hope in the understanding that, “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.” A celebration of his amazing life will be held in June. Contributions may be made to freedomdogs.org.