Martin Scott

Martin J. Scott

January 20, 1930 – August 24, 2015

Devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Martin Scott passed peacefully from this earth surrounded by his family on Monday, August 24, 2015.

He was born to Martin and Jessie Scott in Kansas City, Missouri. He had two older sisters and one brother: Barbra (Gordon) Heavner, Jean (Robert) Masek (deceased), and LeRoy Scott (deceased).

Marty married the love of his life, Shirley (Smith) Scott on October 20, 1952, also born in Missouri.

Both families made their way to California early in their lives. They met in Big Bear, California. They had three children, Penny (Rex) Berneking, Michael (Phyllis) Scott and Kathryn (Mark) Dodge, followed by 11 grandchildren and 6 great- grandchildren. They hosted a Peruvian exchange student, Lucila Andersen, adding another daughter, two more grandchildren, and two more great-grandchildren.

A savvy business owner and talented automotive mechanic, Marty began his career in the automotive industry in Big Bear. He owned and operated his own business throughout his life, with a service station in San Bernardino, California; Scott’s Auto Parts in Salem, Oregon and then National Auto Parts in Centralia, Washington, where he retired.

Marty loved water skiing with family and lifelong friends. One of his other joys was flying. He starting flying in 1951. He owned several planes over the years and flew many search missions as a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol out of Centralia including missions after the Mt. St. Helens’ eruption.

He served in the U.S. Army 38th Infantry 2nd Division during the Korean War saving his trapped platoon by leading them successfully to safety.

He was a lifelong member of the Elks participating in travel clubs and community service projects in Salem, Centralia and Sequim.

He will be missed tremendously by his wife, family and friends. At his request, there will be no formal service.

Please consider donating to Lewis County Washington Wing

Civil Air Patrol, ( or the Washington Chapter Alzheimer’s Association ( in lieu of flowers.