Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Scott Robertson

Scott was born Scott David Bay in Omaha, Neb., on July 21, 1966. He "slipped the surly bonds of Earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings" on July 17, 2012. He was 45 years old.

Two sets of loving grandparents helped his young parents raise him for the first four years of his life. In 1971 Scott and his mom left Nebraska to find California and settled in Napa just two blocks from his Aunt Jane and cousins, Pat and Katie.

In 1975 Scott and his mom found a great husband and father in Randy Robertson, married him and settled in Arcata, Calif. Scott attended Pacific Union Elementary School and graduated from Arcata High School in 1984. In 1987 he moved to Hailey, Idaho, where his grandparents, David and Veryl Fowler, had retired. He lived and worked in the Wood River Valley (three years in Twin Falls) for the rest of his life.

Along the way he became the proud father of David Kyle Pinkard and Mariah Jane Robertson, both loving him deeply to the end of this life. Mariah writes, "I love my daddy and miss him dearly. He is my world and he taught me how to love. Thank you, Daddy. XOXO."

Scott loved the natural world around him. He fished with his dad, Kenn, and both of his grandfathers. He hiked and backpacked with his mom, Randy, grandpa and grandma Fowler and cross-country skied with the whole family. He golfed with his grandpa Dave and good friend Rich. He hunted for morels along the Big Wood River and always took pictures. He loved to photograph his kids, flowers, sunrises, sunsets, fall colors and wild animals—the closer, the better.

He loved his dogs, Beau, Bear, Blue and Bella. He loved any dog and they returned the favor.

He loved to sing. He could hold his own with Axel Rose or Robert Plant. He had wide taste in music and shared it with his brother, Matt. There was always a music trivia game going on between Matt, Scott, Mom, Randy and David. Who sang that, who covered that, what album was that on? We will teach that game to our dear Mariah.

Never an avid sports fan, he was proud of his son's football and basketball career at Wood River High School. Scott loved the Nebraska Football Mania, which took over the "Daveryl" every fall and into the bowl season, Go Big Red! He loved to repair electronics and mow lawns. He loved Idaho, the Nebraska rivers and prairie, the ocean and tide pools.

He was devoted to his grandma Veryl after her husband, Dave, left us. Scott cared for her and his Aunt Jane when she was ill. He was caretaking for his grandma up until the time of his death.

He joins his grandfather David E. Fowler, his grandparents Gene and Dorothy Bay and his Aunt Jane M. Fowler along with many friends in the next life. He is free of all worldly burdens.

Those who will go on without his physical presence but carry him in their hearts are his children, David Kyle Pinkard and Mariah Jane Robertson; his mom and dad, Edith and Randy Robertson; his birth dad, Kenneth D. Bay and wife Cindy, son Joshua and uncle Mark; his brother, Matthew W. Robertson; his grandmother, Veryl P. Fowler; his cousins, Patrick M. O'Connor and wife Kristin and daughter Kyler; and cousin Kathryn Jane O'Connor. And in Humboldt County, Calif., his grandparents Floyd and Melva Robertson, uncle Gary Robertson and Aunt Cheryl Goodale, and husband Jay and cousins galore. He will also be dearly missed by his best friend, Duane Wiese, who helped care for Veryl when strength failed him.

A celebration of Scott's huge heart and ready laughter will be held at Hop Porter Park on Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. A light lunch will be served. Please join us and share your memories/stories and above all, love.

Friends may light a candle, share stories, photos and condolences at

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