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James Scott Williamson


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James Scott Williamson, also known by many as “Scotty,” passed away peacefully August 11, 2019, at the age of 62 in his home in Tucson, AZ, after a lengthy illness. His long-time companion, Janet Kepner, and her family were by his side. Scott was born at Walker Air Force Base in the “Barricks” Hospital in Roswell, New Mexico, July 5th, 1957 to James “Willie” Williamson and Sue Fahrlender Williamson.

Most of his younger life was spent in Roswell. He began his love of sports playing Little League Baseball under the tutelage of Jim Lilly who often lovingly referred to Scotty as “Crazy Legs”. His sports interest grew to include football and basketball when he began attending Berrendo Middle School. He also began many lifetime friendships at this time and continued his love of learning, thanks to the excellent faculty, staff, and administration at Berrendo. He graduated from Goddard High School in 1975. During his four years at Goddard he was active in basketball and football. With the help of his Freshman basketball coach, Ernie Core, he learned that sportsmanship, being a team player, and how to win or lose with grace and dignity were important as well as the basics of the game. Thanks to the inspiration of his teachers at Goddard, he continued his love of learning, especially in the areas of history, although this was not always reflected by his report cards.

Scott had many hobbies which included building models (some of which are on display at the Albuquerque International airport), cooking and baking (to satisfy his sweet tooth), watching all sports on television (especially the Lakers, Green Bay, and Yankees), the study of history (especially related to wars involving the U.S.), and an avid reader who took encyclopedias to bed instead of a novel or textbook. Scott always had one or more dogs of various sizes and/or varieties that he would share his food and bed with. He most often had long hair, which he grew to donate to Locks of Love, who make wigs for cancer survivors (thank goodness for hair color as he had been gray for years).

Scott was preceded in death by his father James “Willie” Williamson, and stepmother, Rosalee both of Portales; paternal grandparents Leo and Clara Williamson; maternal grandparents, Bill and Guyrene Fahrlender Bannon, and his very special dog “Troubles” who was his constant companion for many years and had almost as many ailments as Scott.

Survivors include his mother Sue Williamson Lemons of Henderson, NV; daughter, Heather Williamson, and her four children; Caitlynn, Carson, Carlee, and Caden of Las Vegas NV; son James “Bubba” Williamson, wife, Karli, and their son Dylan all of Erie, PA. Scott is also survived by a sister, Vicky McGinty of Henderson, NV, and her daughters: Brittany, Alanna, and Sahara; his brother Daniel Williamson and wife Linda of Roswell, NM; and their sons William and James. Uncle Clyde Williamson (more a brother than an uncle) of Roswell and Marion “Will” Williamson of San Antonio, both coaches for many years, were also an inspiration to Scott. Janet Kepner (long-time companion), and her family; Grandma, daughters Shannon and Alex (and her sons Dylan and Logan); “baby Luke” the last of the 3 dogs that he and Janet raised, took to the dog park faithfully, and cared for survive him of the home.

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Per his wishes, his body was donated to science and no services will be held at this time. His ashes will be spread in the Inn of the Mountain Gods area at a later time.

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