NAMPA, Idaho John G. Scott, 88, of Jordan Valley, formerly of Mt. Vernon, died Feb. 8 at a Nampa care center. A celebration of life willl be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Lions Den in Jordan Valley.
Mr. Scott was born Feb. 6, 1925, in Eugene, to Esther Robinson Everson and John M. Scott. In 1943, he graduated from Eugene High School, where he was a member of the FFA and the rifle club.
In 1944, while taking over his grandparents farm north of Eugene, he joined the Cowboy Turtle Association where he was number 726. It became the Rodeo Cowboys Association, of which he was also a member.
When work allowed, he attended Oregon rodeos. At the Sisters Rodeo in 1946, he met his future wife, Delores Helfrich. They married in November 1946.
In 1962, they added cattle to their ranch and became ranchers with the last forest permit on the Willamette National Forest. They always had large family gatherings when it was time to move the cows from the forest.
The family lived in Mt. Vernon during the 1970s, where they also ran cattle. While in Mt. Vernon, they were on the school board and involved in other community activities. In 1999, they sold that home and bought a bigger ranch in Jordan Valley.
He was a hard worker all his life, and active until he had a stroke in September 2012.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Delores; daughters, Janice Scott, Zelda (Mike) Workman, both of Jordan Valley, and Helen (Jim) McDonald of Denio; grandchildren, Corrina Robinson, JoAnna Rosenburg, Linden Goodwin, Gordon Goodwin, Carol Cano, Brandon Plourde and Teresa Plourde; stepgrandchildren, Bo, Sam and Ty Workman; 11 great-grandchildren; and nine stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his in-laws.
Arrangments are pending with Flahiff Funeral Chapel, 27 E. Owyhee Ave., Homedale, ID 83628.