Donald Dean âScottyâ Scott, 89 of Santa Barbara, CA and formerly of Streator passed away Thursday (Jan. 8th) in Santa Barbara, California.
Graveside services will be held Saturday Jan. 24th at 2PM at the Hillcrest Memorial Park with full military honors conducted members of the Streator American Legion and VFW. Winterrowd Funeral Home assisted the family in arrangements.
Scotty was born on January 22, 1925 in Streator to Hershel and Beatrice Scott.
Surviving are children Douglas and Pamela of Santa Barbara, Karen of Portola Valley, CA, grandchildren Preston, Shelby, Kelsey, Dominique and Patrick , brothers Charles, Jack and Russell and sister Nancy Starkey.
He is preceded in death by his parents; Herschel and Beatrice, sisters Mildred and Mae, a brother David.
After proudly serving in WWII as a naval tail gunner, Scotty returned home to Illinois, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Aeronautical University in Chicago, Illinois. Throughout his life, his grand passion would be the joy of flying, designing and working in aircraft. And upon graduated he was offered a position at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, CA, where he was part of an elite group of engineers who designed the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, the third wide body airliner to enter commercial operations after the Boeing 747, and the SR-71 âBlackbird,â which, when detected by an enemy surface-to-air missile, could accelerate and outrun the predator. Scotty traveled extensively aboard the L-1011 sitting aside the pilots and monitoring the aircraftâs performance.
In 1959 Scotty moved his family to Santa Barbara, while working at Vandenberg Air Force Base, where he participated in some of the Countryâs first missile launches. A neighbor once observed, âScotty, you must be the only man I ever saw who happily whistles his way to work every morning.â And truthfully, Don Scott adored his work and commented always how lucky he was to have a career he loved.
A great boating enthusiast, Scotty secured the Mercury outboard motor franchise for Santa Barbara in 1963 and operated Donâs Boating Cove on State Street.
With his vibrant blue eyes and quick smile, Scotty was considered, by all who met him, to be âsalt of the earthâ. A man who enjoyed and cherished the simple pleasures of life: his children, family and country.