Gary Dee Scott Sr.
July 14, 1945  -  January 14, 2018

Gary Dee Scott Sr.

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Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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First Baptist Church
322 W. Grand Avenue
Artesia, NM  88210
Thursday, January 18, 2018
10:00 a.m.
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Woodbine Cemetery
200 E. Hermosa Drive
Artesia, NM  88210
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Gary D. Scott, Sr. went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, January 14, 2018 .

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 18 at the First Baptist Church in Artesia, NM. Ronnie Williams will officiate at the service with burial to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers are grandsons Devan Scott, Dawson Scott, Robert Archuleta and Tyler Schmidt, nephews Ross Horner, Perry Williams and Landon Mayberry and long-time friends of the family Matt Greenhaw and Darin Dodd.

Gary was born July 14, 1945, in Silver City, NM to Charles W. Scott and Kathleen (Katie) Martin Scott. He moved to Artesia from Portales, NM in 1951.

On August 21, 1964 he married his high school sweetheart Gloria J. (Whittington) Scott in Artesia, NM and were happily married for 53 years.

Gary retired in 2010 as the Publisher of the Artesia Daily Press after 55 years of service with the newspaper. He began his association with the Artesia Daily Press in 1955 when at 9 year’s old he applied for the position of newspaper carrier. The circulation manager at the time was skeptical he could perform the duties as the open newspaper route was five miles long and he rode a bicycle. He proved him wrong and remained a paperboy until he was offered the position of assistant circulation manager in 1961. He ascended to circulation manager in 1963, advertising manager in 1969, business manager in 1973 and in 1985 was promoted to the title of publisher which he held until retirement.

Gary was a member of the Artesia Downtown Lions Club for many years fulfilling the duties of the clubs Lion Tamer. He was an avid Artesia Bulldog sports fan and enjoyed watching and attending Dallas Cowboy and Oklahoma Sooner football games.

He truly loved spending time with family and friends and for many years could be seen jogging or walking the streets of Artesia, but his true passion was his love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and enjoyed sharing the gospel or praying for anyone who would listen.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria J. Scott, of the family home; son Gary D. Scott, Jr and wife Renee of Artesia, NM ; son Spencer A. Scott and wife Melanie of Edmond, OK; grandchildren Lacey Archuleta and husband Robert of Roswell, NM; Kelsey Schmidt and husband Tyler of Visalia, CA; Devan Scott and Kalea Melson of Norman, OK; Dawson Scott of Edmond, OK; Skylor Morton of Omaha, NE; Taylor Morton of Lubbock, TX; Melessia Guevara of Weatherford, OK; Jayla Guevara of Weatherford, OK; Sterling Crook of Artesia, NM; great-grandchildren Tucker Scott, Kash Pearce, Lyndon East and soon-to-be-born Zoie Scott; sister Charlotte Holland of Vancouver, WA; brother Charles Scott of Artesia, NM; sister Patti Horner and husband Ronald of Artesia, NM; brother Rodney Scott of Artesia, NM; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Kathie Ragsdale.


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  1. Sybil Scarbrough
    Artesia, NM

    Gloria, I am sorry for the loss of your husband. This is late because I monitor the obituaries for my workplace and saw the announcement after the fact.

    May the comfort of the Holy Spirit fill you. May the peace of Jesus cover you. May the Lord be with you and your family during the next few months and every time you feel his loss.
    Blessings to you.

  2. Gilbert Chavez
    Carlsbad, NM

    Prayers and condolences to all the family.

  3. Vern Bolton
    Roswell, NM

    Quite the newspaper man! Godspeed to you sir, you will be missed.

  4. Susan Hudson
    Commerce City, CO

    I am sorry for your loss.
    A prayer for God to give you all peace in knowing your loved one is in heaven. Cast your cares on the Lord.
    God bless you all.

  5. Frank Guinan
    Artesia, NM

    sorry to hear about Gary very much one of the best.

  6. Ruby Parker
    Artesia, NM

    So sorry for your loss. May God bless you with his comfort in this difficult time.

  7. Linda Isaacs
    Alba, TX

    Gloria and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss of Gary. He’s now in Heaven with his Savior. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Tony & Loretta Hall
    Artesia, NM

    Dear Gloria & Family,

    We are sincerely sorry to hear of Garys passing. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please extend our condolences to all your family.

    Tony & Loretta Hall

  9. Pat and Gary Scrimshire
    Artesia, NM

    Gloria and Family, It was with great sadness we heard the news of Gary's
    passing. The community has lost a very valuable asset. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and each member of your family. May God grant you his peace, presence and strength.

  10. Joseph Tillery
    Lockney, TX

    Praying for family.
    Blessed to know Gary.
    I remember some small group studies at our house and Gary added so much to our studies

  11. Becky Shipman
    Artesia, NM

    Lifting you all in prayer for comfort and peace during this time.
    God bless you Gloria and your family.

  12. Janie Lee Hammons
    Colleyville, TX

    To all of the Scott family: I am saddened to read of Gar’s passing. May your memories of happier times support you in the day’s ahead.

    Janie Lee Hammons
    AHS class of 1963

  13. Lisa Barrera
    Artesia, NM

    Gloria, I am so terribly sorry to hear about Gary. He was such a wonderful person. May God give you peace thru the coming days. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Louie and Lisa Barrera and family

  14. Karen S Killgore
    Carlsbad, NM

    So very sorry to hear of this great loss! Heaven did gain another smiling angel! Our prayers are with your families! Our love to all!💗

  15. Shirley Daugherty Thiel
    Lubbock, TX

    Gloria, Wishing you peace and strength during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Shirley Daugherty Thiel

  16. Bill and Jane Whittington
    Grand Rapids, MI

    Dear Gloria and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. I know how close all of you have always been and how much you will miss him, but I know you such good memories of the many years you had with him. He was so proud of all of you and proud of his community to which he gave so much. He had a good life, and you all made it a happy one for him.

    We will be making a contribution in his name to the Chase Foundation to benefit the community he loved.

    Love, Bill and Jane

  17. LaRue Pinson
    Artesia, NM

    Gloria, I'm so sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing his smiling face about town. May God comfort you during this time of grief.

  18. Roger & Ramona Kilpatrick
    Artesia, NM

    Our hearts are sad at the news of your loss today. What a great man and he will be missed. Your family is in our prayers for the days ahead and you deal with the difficult times. We pray God's merciful hand will be on each of you.

  19. Curtis and Katherine Teel
    Artesia, NM

    We are so sorry for your great loss.
    We pray for God To confort you.
    God Bless you.

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