On the morning of June 18, 2002, Scott perished doing what he loved:practicing aerobatics in a Yak-52, in the mountains of Brentwood, Calif. He hadrecently been working to advance his aerobatic skills, and placed 13th among 19pilots in his first competition, at Paso Robles, the weekend of June 8. He hadalso flown aerobatics in Citabrias and recently checked out in the PittsSpecial.
The Yak, N644LL, belonged to a friend of Scott’s, Melinda Whiteway of WalnutCreek, and he had flown it many times. He also owned his own Bonanza and waspart owner of a Baron with his father. The family airplanes are based atConcord, Calif., and Boeing Field, in Seattle.
Scott graduated from Queen Anne High School in Seattle, Wash., where heexcelled in sports and academics. He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa,from Yale University in 1978, earning a degree in history. He graduated fromStanford University’s law school in 1981, and practiced law in the San Franciscoarea. He was a member of the NTSB Bar Association, AOPA, NAFI, and EAA.
He is survived by a daughter, Stephanie Frances Puddy (and her mother, MarciaWaitt), in Sioux City, Iowa; his parents, LaVern and Frances M. Puddy, ofSeattle, Wash.; sisters Lisa , Linda, andPaige; six nieces and nephews; and many friends.
A memorial gathering was held at his home in Pleasant Hill, Calif., onSaturday afternoon, June 22. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at Mt.Pleasant Cemetery on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, Saturday, June 29.