Verne Harry Scott

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Verne Harry Scott Verne Scott was born June 19, 1924 and passed away at the age of 96, in Sonora, California on December 16, 2020. Verne Scott loved life. He was an exuberant extrovert, one with tremendous curiosity, eagerness to learn and loved to converse with people. Verne had endless energy for; work, volunteering, eagerly supporting and helping his kids, grandkids and people in general, exercising, engaging enthusiastically as community member and clearly participating fully in life on a daily basis. Verne was passionate, upbeat and truly embraced his 96 years of life. He was not ready to die. Instead, Verne was ready to invest in his next chapter of living, so much so that he purchased a scooter when he was 96 to get out and about and perhaps meet a new person along the way and share a conversation. Verne, the eldest son along with his brother Dave and Richard, were raised in Salem, Oregon by his parents Lois Martha Tyler and Harry Willard Scott. Verne’s early years were spent going to school and working for his parents at the family bicycle store which still remains in Salem, Oregon as “Scott’s Cycle & Fitness.” Verne’s tremendous work ethic initiated as a youngster was a prominent characteristic throughout his life. Verne squeezed in time between school and work to earn his Eagle Scout honor. After graduating from Salem High School, Verne started college at Willamette University in Salem and also enlisted in the Navy College Program. He earned his Masters degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan. While pursuing his Master’s degree in Michigan, Verne met his future wife, Dorothy Jane Forshee. They were married on June 23, 1948. They had three children, Patti, David and Jane. Verne, in 1948 was employed as a professor at the University of California, Davis in the Water, Science and Engineering Department. He attended Colorado State University in Ft. Collins earning his doctorate. He returned to U C Davis to continue his professorship for forty-one years, retiring In 1989. At the U.C. Davis, Verne was one of the pioneers and creators of the Planned Educational Leave Program. This fit Verne well; the program was new, exciting and a golden opportunity for students to garner experiential learning. Verne had life with multiple facets well beyond his academic career at U.C. Davis. Verne became passionate about his own athletic lifestyle in his fifties. Verne followed he’s wife Dorothy by participating in the Master’s swim program that he’s son David started in 1974. Verne expanded he’s athletic endeavors competing in swim meets, cycling, running and triathlons. Verne’s voracious appetite for knowledge and pursuit of a healthy life style allowed him to flourish throughout his last 30 years of his life. Verne’s new found love of athletics, in combination with his strong work ethic and his abilities to organize started a long and committed life creating and supporting youth and adult athletic organizations and events. These include: Davis Aquadarts, Davis Aquatic Masters Board, Parks & Recreation Commission, USA Pacific Masters Swimming, National Triathlon Federation, which is now the USA Triathlon (USAT) governing body. After years of participation and serving on numerous committees with USAT, he was voted into the first Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2008. Verne and Dorothy moved to Boulder, Colorado in 2000 to be closer to their younger grandchildren. Verne continued to be involved with promoting triathlons and was the Director of the USA Triathlon history committee. Following Dorothy’s passing in 2013, Verne relocated to Sonora. He moved into his independent apartment in January 2014. He loved his home that looked out over a field full of wildlife. In Sonora, he enjoyed educational and sporting events, concerts, theater and the farmers market. He religiously continued to swim, walk, golf and do his home exercises. In continuing Dorothy’s love of birds, Verne joined the local Audubon Society. Verne had three bird feeders outside he’s apartment and loved watching the birds come and go throughout the day. Verne is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Jane Forshee Scott, younger brother, David Scott, his sister-in-law, Virginia Forshee and brother-in- law, Jim Forshee. Verne is survived by his three children, Patti Scott-Baier (Rick Baier) of Sonora, California, David Scott, and Jane Scott both of Boulder, Colorado. His six grandchildren, Brian Baier (Martha Susiarjo) of Rochester, New York, Michael Baier (Mary Rossetti) of Denver, Colorado, Katie Baier Cherefko (Chad Cherefko) of Kailua, Hawaii, Ryan Scott of Boulder, Colorado, Drew Scott of Cedar City, Utah and Kara Scott of Chico, California. Verne had five great grandchildren, Arie, Adrian, Carmen Baier, Quinn and Cora Cherefko and Tristen Baier. Verne’s extended family includes; his younger brother, Richard Scott (Betsy) of Salem, Oregon, his sister in law, Jessie Siekmeier (Don) of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Anna Pettis Scott, his former daughter in law of Boulder, Colorado. Verne will be dearly missed. There will be a celebration of Verne’s life in Davis and Boulder when the pandemic has settled down. If you would like to be contacted about the celebrations, please send a note to

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