OBITUARY

Louis Scott Hammond

October 25, 1955May 2, 2019

Louis Scott Hammond left this world for the next at 3:57pm, May 2, 2019 in the midst of a short workout. He was 63.

Scott, as he is known, was born October 25, 1955 in what was then, and is today, the small central Oklahoma town of Purcell, as was his father, Elvin Louis Hammond. His mother, Donna Akin Hammond was born, and raised several miles away in Durant.

Scott was the second of three children, and is survived by sisters Debby Hammond Bourg (David Bourg), and Beth Hammond McKeown (Robert McKeown). Scott is also survived by nephews Britt Parker, Clay Parker, Mike McKeown, and nieces Hollie Fierro, Amy Garvel, and Heather McKeown.

Scott’s upbringing was typical of the early oilfield days. His father was a roughneck and tool pusher. His mother focused her attention on the children and later worked as a Bookkeeper. And the family moved from opportunity to opportunity before settling in Midland in 1969 where Scott grew, learned, and played.

As a child, he was popular, a good student, and hyper competitive. He played little league baseball, ran junior high track, played high school basketball and football, participated in theater, and was a member of the Robert E. Lee Chorale that performed in Vienna, Austria. Scott was also in the folk group the Origin.

Not surprisingly, when Scott’s Class of 1974 Midland Lee peers voted, he was chosen “Most Talented.” The next year he enrolled in Angelo State University. A year later, after being invited to audition for the New York Metropolitan Opera (unsuccessfully), he enrolled in The University of Texas, where he would graduate with a degree in Business Administration and enter the Oil business as a Petroleum Land Man.

Yet, even as Scott’s life seemed to be settling, it was out of control. Alcohol and indiscretion had consumed him. And so it was, that in 1981, desperate for help, Scott returned to the Baptist teachings of his youth. In an abrupt and dramatic shift, Scott forswore alcohol and intemperate impulses in exchange for grace. His life changed, and he never looked back. Scott was born again.

Renewed, his fresh from college career began with a starter job in Bismarck, North Dakota with Hunt Energy. He hated it, and quickly quit. But other, better opportunities took him to other, better communities where he began to build the experience, expertise, and relationships that would sustain him for the rest of his working life. Tom Brown in Midland and Arkansas. Vastar Resources, and St. Mary’s Energy in Houston. Jones Energy in Austin. And finally BP America, back in Houston. Scott also owned his own gas production company, Integrity Resources, Inc.

The running, cycling, multi-sport life that many of Scott’s contemporaries identify with began during his Arkansas years. The weather was brutal, the terrain was unforgiving, the workout partners were merciless, and the workouts tested his mettle in ways he’d never previously experienced. Scott loved every miserable minute, and was hooked.

He was also good. Perhaps better than good. And in 1988, he won his first of four opportunities to race the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. He was 33, and he completed it in 10:15. Scott returned again the next year, but finished slower, and the disappointment nearly ended his training and racing odyssey. Years later, after focusing on running under the long distance tutelage of Coach Jim McLatchie Scott moved from Fort Smith, Arkansas to Houston to train with the Houston Harriers. That was the spring of 1996. By 2002, he was back in triathlon top form and won, then declined his third chance to return to Hawaii because his Dad was terminally ill with cancer.

In 2011, he was afforded his final opportunity to test himself against the world’s best long course triathletes. He finished in 10:46. Twenty-three years older than his first trip to Hawaii, and only 31 minutes slower.

Unrecorded in this recounting of a life is the profound impact Scott had on the lives of others. There was a lot to him, and the interdependent bonds he formed with his family, friends, colleagues, and training partners remain as indelible as they are indescribable.

Scott was an experience. And to experience Scott was to embrace him in all of his uniquely unfiltered glory. He was exceptionally bright, curious, generous, confounding, self-deprecating, worrisome, thoughtful, stubborn, sensitive, loyal, forgiving, and unconditionally loving in the way he believed Christ commanded.

Scott’s faith was informed. He read his heavily annotated bible every day, and in it he found solace and inspiration. His prayerful place in the hereafter is secure

Louis Scott Hammond left this temporal plane. But he did not leave us, for he lives on in the hearts and memories of all lucky enough to have known him. And he survives in those thin places where the heavens and earth intersect. Look for him there. He will be looking for you.

Services celebrating Scott’s life will be held at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, Houston, Texas at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, friends make a contribution to Campus Crusade for Christ charity in Scott’s name.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialoaksfunerals.com for the Hammond family.

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Tom Aderhold

May 17, 2019

Scott and I shared an apartment together at The University of Texas for a year and were Sig Ep's together. Scott was always fun to be around and had a heart of gold. So glad he found Christ and is now in a better place.

Thomas Cronin

May 17, 2019

I worked with Scott for a relatively short time, but very much enjoyed his personality and his fine professionalism. My memories are from times when we were working late, or on weekends, and we'd find time to talk about non-work things. It was usually exercise, work experiences, Austin, and life in general. Reading his obit, I wish I'd talked to him about other things as well.
I was fortunate to work with Scott, and am sad he is not in our world anymore. I wish his family blessings and peace.

Jim Garner

May 16, 2019

I remember the early days of the Akin family in Durant, Oklahoma, before Donna and Louis were married. Then the days in Purcell with all the family. Later when Buster and Thelma moved back to Durant the children and grandchildren, including Scott, would come to visit. Always enjoyed the time we were able to see each other. I love all of you and the family is in my prayers and thoughts.

Paul Talbot

May 16, 2019

I'm shocked and sad at the loss of Scott. Scott and I were good friends from the time both of us were in Midland in the mid 1980s, where we were both involved in the Midland Community Theater and in triathelons. We didn't see enough of each other over the years, but each time we did our conversations picked up where we had left off. He was that rare friend who invited and shared confidences and with whom I could discuss just about anything. I treasure our friendship and mourn his loss.

Melanie Mayner

May 16, 2019

I knew Scott from his time in Fort Smith, Ark. He was an impressive athlete with an unwavering commitment who inspired those whose lives he touched to be better. Be a better disciple of Christ. Be a better friend. Be a better person. Be a better athlete. It’s fitting for him that he died doing something he was continually trying to be better at. Now he’s with the best. May his family and friends find comfort in God’s grace.

Worth Whitworth

May 15, 2019

Scott was a friend in high school and in college. I have always cherished is thoughtfulness, kindness and most of all his friendship. He is now in a better place, a place where he can watch over us all. His faith in God was everlasting.

Kevin Kleinhenz

May 15, 2019

My family and I are so very blessed to have Scott in our lives. We feel somewhat cheated that the Father took him so soon. His generosity and love for family, friends and strangers was beyond question. I know I will see him again but in the meantime I will miss my friend who invested so much in me and my family in such a short time. May I be a better man because of his example and testimony.
Kevin Kleinhenz

Travis Gillham

May 15, 2019

For those of us who got the chance to work with Scott, he was good and decent, someone you could trust, and he was a friend.

Kelly Tumino

May 14, 2019

I had the privilege to work with Scott at BP L48. We worked together on our San Juan properties. He was a pleasure to work with. I loved his questions, ideas and thoroughness. You knew his heart was in it, he never just completed the task, he always put so much heart and soul into it. I was privileged to get to work with him and will miss him. May you rest in peace Scott! Heaven has gained an angel!

Code Williams

May 14, 2019

I had the privilege of working under and learning from scott. He was detailed oriented and a great person to ask questions. He cared that you understood the answer and why and I will always be thankful for the time he spent with me and the knowledge he passed on. Scott you were great guy, mentor and friend. I’m going to miss calling you from time to time to just pick your brain but appreciate all you did for me.

FROM THE FAMILY