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Scott Becker was born Jan­uary 14, 1939 to Herbert Fran­cis Becker and Irene Scott Becker in Spokane, WA. The fam­ily moved to Dayton, Wash­ing­ton a few months later, where Scott lived un­til March 1989 when he moved to Rich­land, Wash­ing­ton. He at­tended school in Dayton from 1945 to 1957, and dur­ing those early years was ac­tive in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. As a Boy Scout he learned how to use a ri­fle and re­ceived a Marks­man award, a skill which he car­ried for­ward later in his mil­i­tary ca­reer where he ex­celled as a ri­fle­man.

Af­ter grad­u­a­tion he moved to Port­land, Ore­gon and com­pleted three years of col­lege, with a goal of get­ting a de­gree in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion. His col­lege ed­u­ca­tion how­ever ended abruptly with the death of his fa­ther in 1966, re­sult­ing in his mov­ing back to Dayton to help with the fam­ily busi­ness—Scott Lum­ber Yard—where he was the owner/man­ager un­til 1988 when the busi­ness was sold. From 1966-1975, while he was man­ag­ing the lum­ber yard busi­ness, he worked con­cur­rently with his brother Bob at the fam­ily owned Rock­hill Con­crete Plant in Dayton.

Af­ter mov­ing to Rich­land in 1989 he worked as a cer­ti­fied school bus driver for the Rich­land School Dis­trict. In 1992 he then be­came a full-time em­ployee with the City of Rich­land in the Parks and Re­cre­ation De­part­ment and later in the Fa­cil­i­ties De­part­ment, a job which he thor­oughly en­joyed un­til his re­tire­ment in May 2003. The peo­ple he worked with dur­ing this time be­came his friends, and he had a great farewell at his re­tire­ment party, leav­ing him with many fond me­mories.

Scott en­joyed peo­ple and liked talk­ing to them and help­ing them when­ever he could. As a young man he be­came a mem­ber of var­i­ous ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Ma­sonic Lodge, where he was a past Mas­ter, and the Dayton Ki­wa­nis Club, where he was a past Pres­i­dent and awarded the Ki­wa­nian of the Year Award in 1971. These or­ga­ni­za­tions were im­por­tant to him, and he main­tained his mem­ber­ship un­til his death.

One of his ma­jor ac­com­plish­ments was serv­ing as a vol­un­teer fire­man in Dayton from 1966-1990, and then in the Ben­ton County Fire De­part­ment from 19911996. The fire­men in Dayton were like his broth­ers, and he has many fond me­mories of his ex­pe­ri­ences with them dur­ing those years.

From 1961 to 1967 he was a mem­ber of the Air Na­tional Guard Re­serves and at­tended weekly meet­ings first in Spokane, WA and later in Port­land, OR as well as serv­ing two weeks each sum­mer. He went through ba­sic train­ing at Lack­land Air Force Base in San An­to­nio, Texas where he was a flight leader.

On July 26, 1980 he mar­ried Janet, and they be­came a fam­ily with five sons be­tween them. He treated his sons equally and loved them all dearly. The fam­ily has since grown to in­clude 13 grand­chil­dren and two great-grand­chil­dren, most of whom were able to visit him at the Hospice House in Rich­land be­fore his pass­ing. For that we are truly blessed.

Dur­ing his years with Janet they started pur­chas­ing houses and cre­ated a rental busi­ness with the two of them be­com­ing man­agers as well as per­form­ing all types of re­pairs and im­prove­ments. This pro­vided great sat­is­fac­tion to Scott work­ing with Janet as a team.

Scott is a cur­rent mem­ber of the United North­west Protes­tant Church in Rich­land, WA, as well as the First Con­gre­ga­tional Church in Dayton. In Rich­land he en­joyed help­ing with lawn main­te­nance, es­pe­cially the ir­ri­gation sys­tem, and helped with var­i­ous other re­pairs at the church. He was ac­tive in the church choir and looked for­ward to singing ev­ery week dur­ing ser­vice.

Scott re­mained healthy through­out his life, but suf­fered a stroke in 2014, re­sult­ing in lim­ited use of the left arm and leg. He went to ther­apy ev­ery week­day un­til he was able to lead a fairly nor­mal life, even be­ing able to drive his car. The sec­ond stroke on No­vem­ber 1, 2018 left him en­tirely par­a­lyzed and on No­vem­ber 6, 2018, our beloved hus­band, fa­ther, grand­fa­ther, and great­grand­fa­ther went peace­fully to his Heav­enly home. We will miss him and are so blessed to be his fam­ily.

He is sur­vived by his wife, sons Ken (Andie) Becker, Ron (Car­rie) Becker, Tim Marske, Steve (Dawn) Marske, and Daryl (Wendy) Marske, thir­teen grand­chil­dren and two great-grand­chil­dren. He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, brother Robert Becker, and his only cousin Richard Becker.

A ser­vice is planned for No­vem­ber 24, 2018 at 3:00 PM at the United North­west Protes­tant Church in Rich­land, Wash­ing­ton in con­junc­tion with a Ma­sonic cer­e­mony. A grave­side cel­e­bra­tion of life will fol­low in the spring in Dayton, Wash­ing­ton.

Do­na­tions can be made to the Chap­laincy Hospice House, 1480 Fowler St., Rich­land, WA in re­mem­brance of Scott. y y, oil painted at the Kennewick Se­nior Cen­ter while He­len china painted at the Pasco Se­nior Cen­ter. They en­joyed their home in Con­nell, their fam­ily, friends and for­mer stu­dents; and es­pe­cially their church fam­ily of 65+ years.

Jim is sur­vived by his daugh­ter Har­riet John­son, son Ken John­son (Deb­bie), grand­chil­dren Ben (Pa­tri­cia), Wes (girl­friend Nakiya), Amanda, great­grand­daugh­ter, Cle­men­tine, and his large ex­tended fam­ily. We give spe­cial thanks to the staff of the Tri-Cities Re­tire­ment Inn, Hospice and Kadlec Med­i­cal Cen­ter for their won­der­ful lov­ing care.

A cel­e­bra­tion of Jim’s life will be held Satur­day, No­vem­ber 17, 2018; 10:00am grave­side at Con­nell Moun­tain View Ceme­tery fol­lowed by 11:00am me­mo­rial ser­vice at Con­nell United Methodist Church, 104 S. Burke Ave. In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Con­nell United Methodist Church, PO Box 99, Con­nell, WA 99326 or your lo­cal Hospice.

Hill­crest Me­mo­rial Cen­ter of Kennewick, WA is han­dling the ar­range­ments. We in­vite you to sign the on­line guest book at www.Hill­crestMe­mo­rial Cen­ter.com.

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