He was born in New York, New York June 24, 1937 to Janet LaVerne Watts Scott and George Preston Scott of Moscow, Penn. Jay married Constance (Connie) Thompson Scott April 11, 1981 in Jacksonville, Fla. They lived many years in various places in Florida before moving full time to Thompson Falls in 2005.
Jay joined the Navy in June of 1955, where he learned Russian and served under the US Naval Security Group as a Telemen. Jay was stationed on Guam for approximately a year and a half in 1956 and 1957. He later did a stint on the submarine USS Greenfish. After completing his active and inactive duty, he was honorably discharged from the US Naval Reserve June 2, 1963.
Jay began a career with IBM in February of 1965 at the Tampa, Fla. branch office. He rose quickly and increased his responsibilities within IBM retiring in June 1987 after a long and distinguished career as a management executive. Jay was known for his excellent people management skills and his "can-do" attitude about any assignment he was given.
Jay was a member of Clark Fork Valley Elks Lodge #2757 for 16 years and served as chairman of the Trustees the year the lodge expanded their facilities. He was also a member of American Legion Post #52 of Thompson Falls.
Jay is preceded in death by his mother and father Preston and Janet Scott, his half-brother, George Preston Scott and beloved aunt and uncle Helen and Gene Warner of Ocala, Fla.
He is survived by his wife, Connie Scott of Thompson Falls; his three sons, Gene Scott of Atlanta, Ga. and his daughter Kaitlin, Jim Scott recently of Thompson Falls and his children Cody and Emily; and Christopher Scott of Mill Valley, Calif. and his sons Nicholas and Ryan; two step-children, Kally Tisdel and her spouse Sherri Hammons of Denver, Colo. and Kevin Tisdel, wife Linda and their sons Patrick and Casey of Chatsworth, Ga.; Jay's cousin Brooke Combs, who was really a beloved sister, and her husband Steve Combs and their sons Darren, Sean and Evan and their respective spouses and children, all of Florida.
Jay and Connie counted as family Jeff and Dawn Bowne and their daughter Emily Bowne of Dunnellon, Fla. as well and Brynn and Bill Kenyon of Thompson Falls.
The family wishes to acknowledge the care and support that the Veterans Administration and the Clark Fork Valley Home Health and Hospice team extended to Jay and the family in their time of need.
To say he will be deeply missed is not adequate, but that is the prevailing feeling as he leaves us here without him. Deeply missed, yes, and overwhelmingly loved.