Scott John Wightman passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on September 21, 2017. He was 64 years old.
Scott was born in the foothills of New York’s Adirondack Mountains to Lewis and Margaret Wightman on November 6, 1952. Scott was very successful in his academic pursuits receiving his BS in Forestry from Northern Arizona University, followed by an MS from Texas A&M University, and post degree courses in Toxicology at the University of Florida.
Scott was a Renaissance man. He was a scientist and a naturalist, a boat builder, an artist and photographer, a self-taught drummer and classical guitarist. Many enjoyed seeing his hand crafted Adirondack Guide Boat, or his sketches and photographs, which were published in photography magazines throughout the years. He loved the music of Jackson Brown, Leo Kottke, The Beatles, The Byrds and Santana.
Scott was passionate about nature, from great canyons and massive mountains to indigenous flora and fauna. He had a particular love for the beauty of wildflowers. He made many trips to the Tetons, Wind Rivers, Jackson Hole and the glacier fed lakes of Wyoming, but he called Flagstaff and the beautiful peaks and canyons of Northern Arizona home. He shared his life with his loving Golden Retrievers Daisy and Tinker. There were few weekends where you wouldn’t see Scott and his girls hiking on the peaks or rowing on one of the lakes.
Scott had a long and distinguished career as a scientist beginning as a Research Assistant at the Center for Semi Arid Forest Resources in Kingsville Texas, as a Laboratory Technician at Turner Analytical Laboratory in Tucson Arizona, as an Analytical Chemist at HydroGeo-Chem in Tucson, as an Associate Investigator for Water Movement at Yucca Mountain, Los Alamos New Mexico, as a Senior Analyst at Norchem Laboratory in Flagstaff Arizona and as a Senior Analyst at Paradigm Laboratory in Tucson.
Scott is survived by his brothers Mallick and Peter, sisters Maureen, Deborah (his twin), Sheila and Nancy, twenty-eight nieces and nephews, and an equal number of great nieces and nephews as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and many close friends. Scott is finally at piece after a difficult illness. He is back walking among the pines and aspens with Tinker and Daisy and will ever live on in our hearts.