He was raised mostly in Mammoth Springs but the family traveled for jobs often during his youth. He has one sibling, a sister, Nova Peck, who resides in Benton, Kentucky.
Don was united in marriage to Becky Ann Hardman on May 5, 1979 and to this union one child, a daughter, Courtney was born. Becky and Don built a house close to Bernie and Fredia. Don resided there until his health made it difficult for him to stay at home. He then went to Willow Care Nursing Home in Willow Springs, Missouri, where he made many friends. By all reports everyone there enjoyed his jokes and pleasant personality.
He was baptized by dear friend David Carroll in 2008. He attended Mt. Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church as long as his health permitted.
Don worked at DFA for over 35 years, making many friends in the process. For a time he was able to read books and do a little yard work, but the Parkinson’s disease progressed quickly and it became difficult for him to continue his favorite hobbies. He also liked watching the History Channel and surfing the web.
He was a longtime Kansas City Chiefs fan even during the lean years. He and Becky were able to attend several games when they were younger. He always enjoyed attending the local sports events especially when Courtney was in school. Many of those young people were frequent welcome guests in their home.
After becoming a Christian, Don made a steadfast friend in Harry Richardson. Harry visited Don every week while he was at the nursing home. They enjoyed discussing old cars and war stories.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Bernie and Fredia Scott; two brothers-in-law; one nephew-in-law; and one nephew.
He is survived by his wife, Becky of the home; a daughter, Courtney and husband Kenny Owens; a grandson, Seth Owens; a sister, Nova Peck; his in-laws, Lester and Wanda Hardman; four brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; several nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and great-nephews. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Memorial services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Mt. Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church with David Carroll officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested contributions be made to The Animal Shelter of Texas County or to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation.