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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

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To Linda and Family, Lyle was the most honorable, honest, hardworking and fun man we knew.  We have so many wonderful and fond memories.   We all loved him and will miss him greatly.   We are heartbroken.   Salud my friend.   Much love from the Macedo's.

Dear Mrs. Scott and Family,

It was with great sadness that my family and I learned of Dr. Scott’s passing. 

Whether he was talking about building bird houses and brewing beer for his daughters’ weddings, teasing my daughter from the moment she stepped into the office, or assisting with the care and passing of our beloved animals, his loving commitment, humor, and compassion was always present. 

We pray the wonderful memories you created together will see you through these difficult times. 


Rene, John, and Emily Salstrom
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Rene Salstrom
Monday, April 25, 2016 at 1:32 PM

Linda & family,  so very very sorry of your loss of Lyle he was a great person.  He was the most kindest & compassionate man I've ever met.  He was the best VET in Salem and there will never be another like him!
when he would have to put one of our animals down he cried right along with you.  He had a great sense of humor.
i'm so glad I ran into the two of you at Costco a few months ago .  He was a great person and he will be missed greatly by your family ,  you all are in my thoughts. With much sympathy. Charlene Houtz & family

we were so saddened to hear about Lyle, he was the best Vet and such a sense of humor.  He always told Terry he should get a real dog and a little Yorkie about 3 pounds just didn't cut it.  He would really like our little Aussie Shepard that we have now.   we will always remember him as a good man, and how blessed we were to meet him and share a little of his life with him.  May god bless his family and friends for such a huge loss.   Terry and Mary Catton

We are so sorry for your loss of your husband, Lyle. We were very sad when we found out the reason we haven't seen you at the pool. Even though we never knew Lyle personally, we know he had to be a wonderful husband to have pick such a wonderful wife as you. 
We're truly sorry for you and your families' loss. I know it's tragic for all of you. Please know you're all in our prayers and we are here for you when you need us. 
With our love and condolences, 
Gaylene Kihs and Pam Aujero

Dear Mrs. Scott;  In 1977 I became one of  Lyle's first clients.  My dog at  that time was named Sherman. The care extended to him was as if Sherman was his dog-- kept him around 13 yrs.  Next dog, Barney said hey this guy is good  can we keep him? Well Lyle had 15 years with Barney-- never a dull moment between the two of them.  Bogart entered the picture.  First time in the office Lyle quips something about this time I got real dog and with that ever present gleam in his eye said" this'n gonna be a good'n.  We had Bogart  nearly 13 years all because of a kind caring gentleman. Lyle spread more good  natured  humor and good advice  than we could ever have hoped to find,  We were very sad when he retired.  Thank you for sharing him with our pets.  May you remember many good memories to help you through your loss.

Lyle was the real deal!   He loved family, people and critters!
Emma and me have many great memories of Lyle and his family.
We have been blessed to have known him for 20 plus years.

He will be deeply missed by us forever.
Dewey and Emma France

Lyle's untimely passing was a shock.  We first met Lyle even before he started his own practice and remained faithful as long as we had horses or a dog.  He performed a miracle or two, and was always compassionate when we had to put them down.  He was always so punctual (suspect he parked at the end of the street to time it exactly!), but never seemed in a rush.  Our son, Russ, who Lyle mentored and now has his own equine practice, joins us in expressing our sincere sympathy to his fine family.  He was so proud of you.
Larry, Carol, and Russ Jacobson

Dear Leslie and Darcy,

It is great sorrow that I read about your fathers passing.  Although I only met him twice, but I found him to be a delightful and interesting person.  Sometimes life is tough but remembrances of him will over time soften the pain although time will never erase the sense of loss.  Please extend my condolences to your mother.

James M Driskell