Lt. Commander Carl Scott
Retired United States Navy Lt. Commander Carl "Scotty" Scott, 93, of Bandera and formerly of San Antonio, passed away Thursday, March 6, in Bandera. A World War II veteran, he was born in East Chicago, Indiana, on July 8, 1920 to Sumbat and Celia Sukiasian.
Scotty married his first wife, Loraine Gustafson, in 1947 in Fairfax, Minnesota. His second wife was Eleanor Scott-Saks of San Antonio.
Scotty's mother passed away shortly after his birth, and his father was seriously wounded while serving with the US Army in World War I. Prior to his passing, Sumbat placed Scotty in an orphanage for Children of Soldiers and Sailors in Knightstown, Indiana, where Scotty remained until he was 18.
Scotty played football and basketball in high school, and was a state champion wrestler his senior year. He subsequently attended the University of Tampa in Florida where he was playing football when the World War II broke out.
Following Pearl Harbor, the entire football team enlisted and Scotty followed suit after recovering from a football injury. He learned later that every person on the team, but one, had been killed in action in the Pacific front.
Scotty proudly serveed in the war as a US Navy aviator, flying many bombing missions out of Alaska and from various islands in the Pacific Ocean.
After the war, Scotty served with the US Coast Guard as a search and rescue pilot for 10 years, flying out of Alaska; Guam; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Corpus Christi. During his career, he participated in many life-saving operations and also worked closelywith NASA in the 1960s on space capsule recovery operations.
After retiring with the rank of Lt. Commander, he became a stockbroker with Prudential Bache Securities in San Antonio in 1962 where he retired as vice president.
For many years, Scotty was an active member and officer of the Optimist Club. He loved golf - especially his hole in one.
Scotty is survived by ex-wife Eleanor; children, Mary Jilek; Pat and George Scott; Landon Scott and his wife, Janel; and Christopher Scott and his wife, Lauren; grandchildren, Brian Jilek and his wife, Jennifer; Jason Jilek and his wife, Michelle; Jeffrey Nugent; and Chris, Rick, David, John and Meghan Scott; and great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Taylor, Sevy, Lexie, Caiden, Lola, Justin, Celia, Kylan, Tessa, Cullen, Elli, Kean, Breanna, Jenna, Sophia, Logan, Shelby, Nathan, Hayden, Ashton and soon-to-come, Zoey.
Scotty was predeceased by his mother and father; wife of 25 years, Loraine; much beloved son-in-law Mark Jilek; children, Diane and Robert Scott; and granddaughter Grace Scott of Bellaire Beach, Florida.
Funeral services are set for 2 pm, Thursday, March 13, at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Bandera with Hospice Chaplain Larry Davis officiating.
The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to close friend Lester Johnson, as well as the staff of Amedisys Hospice.
Condolences may be sent to the family by selecting the "Send Condolences" link at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.