Randall Isham Scott

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Randall Isham Scott

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Randall Isham Scott, a beautiful soul for whom Christ died, went to be in God’s arms this week at the age of 65. Randy was born on Jan. 5, 1954, in Fort Collins, Colorado, to Dan and Jeanne Scott, the oldest of their six children. Randy spent his younger years in Ranchester, Wyoming, on his parents’ ranch. He later worked on the Scott Family’s ranch: The Padlock. He followed in his father’s footsteps and attended Culver Military Academy in Indiana, graduating in 1972. Of the many things he excelled at, his greatest passion was basketball. His claim to fame came his senior year. It was reported in the press that Randy was one of the state’s top leading scorers, ahead of a freshman named Larry Bird.

He was offered a basketball scholarship to University of Maryland, but turned it down to be closer to home. Randy started college at Colorado State University, later transferring to Sheridan College, and played basketball and was instrumental in helping the Generals reach the National Tournament for the first time. From there, he continued to play basketball at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, where he finished his college career.

It was also at Rocky in 1975, 44 years ago, that he met Lynette Stepper, his love, partner and best friend. They were married on July 30, 1977, in Lynette’s hometown of Terry. Hence, one of his many bad jokes, “I got dysenTerry.”

In 1975, while attending Rocky, he began his career as a teller at Security Bank (now known as First Interstate Bank), joining the Scott Family banking enterprise. Four years later, they moved to Colstrip to follow their careers in teaching and banking. It was in Colstrip that Randy and Lynette were blessed with their first two of four children, Shad and Kayla. In 1985, Randy transferred back to Billings, where he became a dedicated employee, leader of his community and church, and, most importantly, a nurturing father for his growing family. Randy and Lynette were then blessed with the birth of Shann and Devin, shortly after the move.

Randy loved watching his family grow. Most recently, he found joy in the new journey of becoming “Grampa” as Charlotte and Camden came into his life. In Randy’s words – at 5’19’’, he never missed a chance to get down on the floor and play cars for hours or scoop them up into his arms for a signature “Grampa hug.”

Randy’s generous and empathetic nature led him to serve on many boards, including Rocky Mountain College, Special Olympics, YMCA, Midland Roundtable, First Interstate BancSystem, First Interstate Foundation, Dan and Jeanne Scott Foundation, Scott Family Services, Scott Family Council, St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation, Padlock Ranch, Heights National Little League, and a councilman for Apostles Lutheran Church.

Randy loved actively participating in the lives of those he loved and causes he cared about. Whether it was coaching “Y” ball, building baseball fields, grilling burgers at Crow Field in the Heights, putting in sprinkler systems, coaching his children’s travel teams, driving vanloads of kids to music camps, or planning a capital campaign, the list goes on and on.

Randy and Lynette loved to travel with family and friends. Their favorite destination was Hawaii, where they enjoyed doing nothing but reading and playing games. Many adventures were planned for the remainder of this year, but the Good Lord took Randy to his final and most glorious destination: Heaven.

Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Jeanne. He is survived by his wife, Lynette; and children Shad (Patrick), Kayla (Joshua), Shann (Jessica, and grandchildren Charlotte and Camden) and Devin (Andrea); his siblings Ron (Audra), Riki Davidson, Risa (Stephen), Trink Morss (Tom), and Colt Johnson (Janet); and many nephews, nieces, and friends, including Uncle Jim Scott and the staff at Scott Family Services, whom he considered Family.

This kind and gentle man will be missed by many as his love and compassion for people followed him everywhere. Once you knew Randy, you were important to him. He had a knack for befriending the people he met. His children were always amazed that wherever they traveled, someone knew Dad. He left his mark on many hearts.

The Family would love to thank the security staff at the Billings Airport and the Good Samaritan who stopped to help stabilize Randy. In addition, the Family also thanks St. Vincent Healthcare and Life Center Northwest for the kindness and love they showed Randy as they cared for him. He had chosen to continue to give to his last breath, being an organ donor and providing new opportunities for so many others. We also want to thank Rocky Mountain College and St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation for their assistance with the service, which could not have been organized without their incredible support. Thank you to Pastor Jay Bickelhaupt of Apostles Lutheran for supporting us with our Savior’s promises that Randy is in glory with Him. And finally, the many family, friends and coworkers who have shown their love and support these last few days being by our sides, sharing their love for us and Randy. God bless you all.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that you honor Randy by giving to his church, Apostles Lutheran, or to the non-profit of your choice.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Fortin Center on the Rocky Mountain College Campus.

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18 thoughts on “Randall Isham Scott”

  1. It is with tremendous shock and sadness that my family and I heard of Randy’s passing. We wish our heartfelt condolences to Lynette and family. Oh my I have so many stories that I remember, however the greatest of them all is that Randy was a good friend, a great teammate, and an incredible neighbor. The years our young families spent in Colstrip as we all started figuring out life were incredible. Thank you for everything Randy…R.I.P. my friend.
    Joe Sukut & family.

  2. Dear Lynette and family… words convey so little when hearts feel so much… May special memories help you all through this difficult time…

  3. I am so sorry to hear this news. I knew Randy at Sheridan college, many, many years ago. I will always remember what a great, kind and wonderful friend he was. My prayers are with his wife and family.

  4. I am so sorry, Lynette, Shad, Kayla, Shann, and Devin. Randy was such a great guy. I remember when he was coaching basketball. Brandy was so tiny and didn’t make one basket all season. During the last game, she got the ball. Randy picked her up, held her by the basket and she dunked it! You have my sincere sympathy.
    Mary Baumann, Brad & Brandy

  5. When I think of Randy I see him standing over the grill at Crow field cooking burgers. Randy was a shining example of what it truly means to be a good person. He placed value on the things that are important in life and lead by example. My heart goes out to all of you and he will be truly missed by all who knew him.
    Cathy (Pike) Jensen

  6. Ken & Tonette Luoma

    Dear Lynette, we are so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. We remember Randy when he grilled burgers at the concession stand at Crow Field during the years our boys played little league. Our hearts go out to you in this difficult time. God bless you and your family.
    Ken & Tonette Luoma

  7. LaVon and I bowled against Randy and Lynette for many years. We loved visiting with them over the years as our children grew up. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen them but have a special place in our hearts for them. Our deepest condolences and prayers go to Lynette and the family during this difficult time.

  8. CJ Ryals I am so sorry for the loss of a great man and a wonderful friend, he will always be remembered. prayers to all of his family.

  9. I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Randy. I had the pleasure of playing on the basketball team at Culver Military Academy with Randy for 3 years and also serving on the Culver Athletic Advisory Committee with Randy from 2004-2006. Randy was a thoughtful and caring individual and I am so glad he was my friend and teammate. May God Bless Randy and his family.

  10. Lynette, I was shocked to learn of Randy’s death today. Please accept my condolences and extend them to your family. Randy and I were Classmates at Culver and I think he was the only cadet who was taller than me! Know he was loved by his Culver family and that you are in our hearts.

  11. Lynette, my sincere condolences. I too am a classmate of Randy’s at Culver and as the main sportswriter for the school paper, I wrote many articles re his athletic exploits. It’s easy to remember how humble he was despite his many accomplishments. They say you remember how people made you feel, and Randy was one of those people who I always felt great being around. So glad I was able to rekindle those same feelings at our most recent reunion. You and your family have much to be proud of.

    Best, Bob Fischgrund Class of ‘72.

  12. Lynette and family.

    Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for you hearing about Randy’s passing.

    The years at Rocky we’re special and we cherish the friendship that we started there.

    So many of us found love and Christ during that time and we pray now that God gives you comfort and healing during this time of trial.

    God Bless

    Tom and Nicki (Beavers) Pool

  13. Lynette and famjly. Bob and I were so saddened to hear the news about Randy. It is comforting to know that he is with the Lord. May he give you the peace and strength as you continue on life’s journey. We are sorry that we are not able to come give you a hug. Bob and Penni Nance

  14. Lynette and family – my deepest condolences on the lose of Randy. I first met Randy when I was in high school and my dad took me down to play noon hoops at the Y. I always enjoyed playing with and against Randy. He always had a kind word for everyone and I deeply appreciated that he took the time to help us lay my dad to rest last spring. RIP Randy.
    Jenny (O’Brien) Jasper

  15. Mary and I were shocked to to hear about Randy’s passing. Our heart goes out to you and your family. God bless you.

  16. Randy was one of the good guys and we always were good friends. I was so shocked when. I learned of his death and pray God’s blessing on Lynette and the family.
    Gail Krause

  17. So sorry to hear of the loss of Randy. I was the Branch Manager of First Interstate of Eureka and Randy was a very kind and understanding person. My thoughts are with you.

  18. Lynette and family
    So sorry and sad to read,at this late date, of Randy’s passing. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. It was along time ago but I think fondly of the days in Colstrip and of you both.
    Jon Swenumson

  19. Patti Carroll Prestfeldt

    Lynette, I was so sorry to read about Randy. I’m from Sheridan and have known the Scott family for most of my life. I was at Sheridan College when Randy played basketball there. I remember him as such a nice person. It was reassuring to read that he was a Christian. That’s got to be a huge comfort to you, knowing you will meet again.

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