Homer Thomas Scott
April 23, 1924 – May 20, 2022
Homer Thomas Scott was born on April 23, 1924 in Jourdanton, Atascosca, Texas, the youngest of 11 children born to Lewis Lorenzo Scott and Frankie Frazier. Homer passed away at the age of 98 on May 20, 2022, at his home in Prather, California.
Homer’s mother passed away soon after his second birthday and his father passed when he was 14, leaving Homer in the care of an older sister and her husband. His childhood was spent catching crawdads, flying kites, riding the family’s old racehorse, and fishing with his beloved papa. His father built a gas station that included a store and café, which still stood in Jourdanton, and Homer’s first job was shining boots for the cowboys that came to the store. On Sundays, he attended the Church of Christ, where he prepared communion.
In high school, Homer was a top athlete in football, basketball, baseball, swimming and tennis, and was a member of the yearbook staff. He graduated from Jourdanton High School on May 21, 1941, the highest-ranked boy in his graduating class of 25.
In 1942, he ended up in New York working at La Guardia Air Field remodeling passenger planes into war planes, then enlisted in the US Naval Air Corps Reserve. A childhood bout with polio had weakened one leg, precluding him from active duty, and he was assigned to the Naval Base in Alameda where he worked as a mechanic.
Upon his release, he returned to Texas where he helped with the construction of a miniature golf course, then decided to go in an entirely different direction—becoming an actor in Hollywood. Because he could ride a horse, he was able to get many jobs as an extra. In one film, “This Love of Ours,” he had a minor speaking part.
Leaving Hollywood, Homer headed off to Sacramento. While there he attended community college and worked at the Department of Motor Vehicles, where a young lady named Marceline Hunter caught his eye. They married on November 17, 1950.
Homer was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 5, 1955. He was an active member and eventually served a full-time mission with Marceline in Independence, Missouri (1994-1995).
After moving from Sacramento to Fresno in 1954, Homer worked for the Federal Housing Authority. Jobs with Pacific Finance and Beneficial Life Insurance followed. In 1958, Homer bought a two-acre lot in Clovis and, with the help of his father-in-law, built the family a home of their own.
Dreaming of becoming his own boss, Homer went to Fresno State University and graduated with a business degree. He partnered with two friends to establish Duval Services, an insurance and tax agency, eventually becoming sole owner.
On Sundays the family would take drives into the foothills and fell in love with the area. In 1968, they moved up the hill, renting the Lockwood homestead in Prather until Homer completed a new home overlooking Big Sandy Creek.
When the local Mountain Press newspaper came up for sale, Homer purchased it in 1978 and, tired of the daily commute to Fresno, eventually sold the Fresno business. Along with being a newspaper owner for 44 years, Homer became involved in community affairs, including serving on the local school board for several years.
Homer is survived by his wife, Marceline; nine children: Sana Smith, Melanie Stein (David), Shawn Scott (Doris), Alyson Nelson (Cory), Celeste Fixel (Jim), Elizabeth Beatty (Jim), Frazier Scott, Rachelle Flowers (Clifton), and Justin Scott (Brandy). ); 28 grand children; and 16 great-grandchildren. Homer led a long, full life and it is impossible to include everything he accomplished. What was most important to him was his family-and his strong faith blessed him to know that his family can be together forever.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 11, at 10:30 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Prather, located at 29711 Auberry Road. Private family graveside services will be held on Friday, June 10, at Tollhouse Cemetery.
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Published by Farewell Funeral Service – Palm Bluffs on Jun. 2, 2022.