Brian Christopher Scott, 20, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014, following a valiant battle with leukemia. His ready smile, kindness, and mighty love of life will be greatly missed.
Brian was born on September 15, 1993 in St. George, Utah to Randy and Jane Scott, joining 5 brothers and a sister. Raised in the southern Utah oasis of Toquerville, he thrived surrounded by his family, wonderful neighbors, and friends.
Brian was an Eagle Scout. He loved sports as a young boy playing baseball, soccer and wrestling and later playing football. Bicycling, 4-wheeling in the desert, the beach, camping, water sports, deep diving, fishing, throwing pottery, spending time at his grandfather's ranch, snow-boarding, shooting, and camping were all activities he enjoyed. He had a love and talent for music, starting with sax, then the drums and to the delight of those with a listening ear, developing his skills on the guitar during the past few years. His favorite pastime was being with his family and spending time with his friends whom he loved like brothers.
Brian was a true champion in all that he did. He was on the high school track, soccer, wrestling and football teams. He was a member of the HHS State Champion Track Team, earning a state discus title his junior year. When he graduated from Hurricane High School in 2012 he had earned a 4.0 GPA his senior year, helped his football team conquer the state title, was named the Utah State 3A Football MVP of the year, earned a third state wrestling championship and State Tournament Outstanding Wrestler Award. He completed his high school career by signing a full-ride scholarship to play football for Southern Utah University. Following graduation, Brian received a full-time mission call to Uruguay and went through the LDS Temple.
Perhaps Brian's greatest accomplishment was his ability to stay humble and kind no matter what he accomplished; courageous and determined no matter what challenges he faced. Athletic, smart, and full of faith, he loved life, loved others, and loved the Savior. Towards the end of his struggle with cancer, Brian said, "I'm not afraid to die. I know who's up there. I just want to live.
"Brian fought to live as long as he possibly could. He was able to enjoy the holidays at home in Southern Utah and to say goodbye to all his family and friends. He died peacefully at home with his parents by his side.
Brian is survived by his parents, Randy and Jane Scott; silbings: Robert (Sheri) Scott, Tim (Annie) Scott, Matt (Melissa) Scott, Charlotte (Trujillo) Amy, Kenny (Lindy) Scott, and Dennis Scott; grandparents: Laurel Halls, Barbara Cavanaugh, Robert and Peggy Ferrara; his nieces and nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.
The Scott family would like to express their deepest thanks and appreciation to the entire community of southern Utah for their support, prayers, and love. Each of you have truly been a blessing throughout Brian's life; particularly through the past fifteen months while he has fought for life. Until we meet him again, we will all remember Brian's amazing life and miss him very much.