Celebrating the life of Tony Scott
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Tony was a hard worker at a young age. His family managed and lived at the Mangum airport, which was north of town, until he was five. They then moved to a nearby farm and the Scott family operated Scotty’s Dusting and Flying Service for many years. Tony graduated from Mangum High School in 1967. From his parents and grandparents, he learned the value of character, a strong work ethic and honesty in all things. Throughout his life, Tony was hard-working, capable and responsible in his many endeavors. The family relied on him to be their problem-solver and repair man—the man with the answers and abilities.
On Labor Day, 1968, Tony married his high school sweetheart, Brenda York, and their loving relationship has lasted close to fifty-two years. They both attended and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1971. Tony earned an associate degree in aeronautical technology and a bachelor degree in engineering technology. After Air Force basic training and special schooling in avionics, Tony served in the Oklahoma Air National Guard for many years.
Over the course of forty-eight years, he farmed and ranched near Mangum and Willow. He earned his private pilot license at a young age and enjoyed flying his 1948 Cessna 170. In 1998, Tony was asked to initiate the first classes for the Southwest Technology Aviation Maintenance Program which is housed at the Altus airport. He taught and coordinated that program for its first ten years and many graduates have been employed at Altus Air Force Base.
Tony is a longtime faithful, active member of the church of Christ and has served as both deacon and elder. Romans chapter eight and Psalm twenty-three have been his favorite Bible passages.
He was preceded in death by his parents, paternal grandparents Clarence and Lela Scott; maternal grandparents Walter and Alice Harper; and father-in-law Dale York.
Tony Scott is lovingly survived by his wife Brenda; son Andy Scott and wife Ellen; daughter Allison Scott; brother Larry Scott and wife JoAnna; brother Mac Scott and wife Sharon; mother-in-law Joyce York; brother-in-law Brent York and wife Patty; sister-in-law Melanie Bryant and husband Brad; two grandsons Cooper Scott and Cannon Scott. Special aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins complete the family. A host of close friends also feel the loss.
Tony Scott and his family have very close ties to a children’s home that has blessed them. They request that anyone wishing to make a memorial donation would consider: New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, 1356 New Mexico 236, Portales, NM 88130-9411.
A funeral service is planned for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26 at the airplane hangar on Tony’s farm. From Highway 283, turn east on ECR 1450, go ¾ mile to cattle guard on the north.
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