OBITUARY

Scott William Hamilton

December 19, 1966January 26, 2020

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Scott William Hamilton, our devoted husband, father, step-father, brother, son, and best friend on January 26, 2020.

Scott was a superhero, the central pillar of a crazy blended family of eight, and the center of the universe to an old brown dog named Keller. To say he will be missed is a colossal understatement - probably the sort of oxymoron that would amuse him.

He left on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon after having spent the weekend playing with kids and dogs, pursuing extraordinary athletic accomplishments, and getting all caught up on the last season of “The Good Place.” He left in the midst of another festive family weekend, defined by the silly and delightful fun he brought to even the most mundane of days. He left before having to watch another Super Bowl without the Packers in it. So, while he left about 100 years too soon, it was impeccable timing, and as always, Scott put his whole heart into it.

Born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in 1966, Scott was a citizen of the world making his home, and bringing joy and deep friendship, to those lucky enough to meet him in Green Bay, Madison, and Boulder Junction, Wisconsin; Grinnell and Des Moines, Iowa; Glacier National Park, Montana; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Portland, Oregon; and finally Round Rock and Austin, Texas. Few have brought more light and genuine love for humanity to this Earth. None have filled it with more hugs and laughter, obscure sports trivia and crazy long road trips underscored by truly depressing country music.

Scott is survived by his wife Laura, his children Emma, Jake and Will, his stepsons Jake (not a typo—we have two), Wyatt and Gus; his parents Annette and Tom Hamilton; his brother and sister in law Chris and Jennifer Hamilton and their children Luke and Cameron, his brother and sister in law Brian and Beth Hamilton and their children Ava and Sean; as well as 3 dogs: Keller, Luci and Rosie on whom he doted shamelessly.

Memorial services will be held at Westover Church of Christ, 8332 Mesa Dr. Austin, Texas on Saturday, February 1st at 4:00 pm. A second celebration of Scott’s life will take place at one of his favorite places on Earth, Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, date and time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to Heifer International in honor of Scott’s memory. https://www.heifer.org/give/giving-in-honor.html

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 1, 2020

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Jim Brader

February 19, 2020

You have my deepest sympathy at losing Scott. he was too vital and present to be gone. I knew him from HS Cross Country runnings, and even though he was several years younger than me, he was always a stand out, both in his running and even more so in his dedication to mirth!

I lost touch after moving away, but Scott, as he was inclined, pulled me back in on FB, which I seldom ever use. He was one of the first to send condolence on losing my mother, and he was also one of the first to comment on a running race I direct, and offer to come show Alaskans how to run.

He is gone way to soon, but may his spirit and whitt live on in all of us a little bit every day.

Jim Brader

Spring Canfield

February 2, 2020

Very genuine and a delight to work with him these past two years. His Dell team will miss him.

Greg Robbins

February 1, 2020

When I used to get the occasional ride to school with Scott, from his dad, Mr Hamilton asked Scott to back the car, a station wagon I believe, out of the garage. Having a Fall birthday Scott had his learner's permit. As we backed out of the garage, Mr Hamilton was in the house, Scott managed to 'feel' the opening of the garage with the front quarter panel of the car. A loud noise was part of the 'feeling'. Stunned by what happened, Scott and I sat in the car waiting nervously for Mr Hamilton to come to the car. Maybe he hadn't heard what happened. Mr Hamilton got into the car and asked, 'what was that noise'? Reluctantly Scott fessed up. The fallout was not too bad.

Hopefully this memory will help bring a moment of levity to this difficult time.

Lorraine Ralph

February 1, 2020


A bright light has gone out. My thoughts are with Scott’s family, about whom he spoke often and of whom he was so very proud. Wishing you strength for the days ahead.

I worked with Scott at eClerx. I will remember his kindness; his unending encouragement and support of our team; his ability to reduce everyone to tears of helpless laughter; his patience in explaining the NFL draft to a clueless foreigner; his beautifully tailored suits styled with crazy socks.

As is our custom in Dublin when we lose those we cherish, I raise a parting glass to you Scott. You are greatly missed.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eisW0skJ9fU

Kent Koth

February 1, 2020

My heart is heavy this week in knowing that Scott has passed. A loving and bright light has gone out of our world, my life and so many of those that Scott touched.

Scott and I lived together at Grinnell in the cross county house and then we worked together for several summers at the Park Café in Montana. The Park Café surfaced Scott's alter ego -- Larry Kozmowski who would assist people in pumping their gas and offer mindless chatter in an altered voice that was a mix of a Wisconsin and a southern accent.

My most poignant memory with Scott was his lead performance at the request of Rev. Willie Smith at the First AME Zion Christmas Pageant in 1990. We donned sunglasses and Santa Hats and Scott performed a painfully poetic rap that included Scott's most famous line ever "Christmas is more than gifts you receive its a very long story that goes back in history, so look out now, gather on around, we rappin fools are going to get down. Eeek. Eeek." Somehow Scott's rap and my quirky running man/split routine endeared us to the parishioners with a high five from the Deacon. What a life moment amidst so many life moment's that Scott provided to so many of us.

Scott's gregarious compassionate curious spirit invited out the best in people. He helped me to lighten up while simultaneously encouraging me to dig deeper into life's meaning. What a rare gift.

Peace to you my friend Scott. Peace to Laura, your children, your friends and peace to our world. With you all in spirit during these days of sadness, reflection and celebration.

Amit Shah

February 1, 2020

Our condolences to Scott's family; we are also wishing you strength to make through this very difficult time.

I worked with Scott for about 3 years at eClerx and we often laughed together; I will miss the camaraderie with him. Scott and I loved talking football, his Packers vs my Patriots, and eagerly waited for NFL season to start. I told my other colleagues at eClerx many times that this is just one of Scott's pranks and he is going to show up laughing at our sorry faces.....
Anyway, I pray for his soul to rest in peace.

Amit Shah and family.

Steve Harrold

January 29, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with Scott's wonderful family and those of of us such as myself who were privileged to have been his friend. I got to know Scott while were students and cross country runners at Grinnell, and while climbing trees together fleeing a young griz at a Glacier campground. So much of the joy and love that Scott's family expresses was also true of his time with me as his other teammates. He remained so interested in us and our lives after school, and he was in large part the force that kept us bound together. We were fortunate to spend time catching up with Scott at a runners' reunion at Grinnell this past fall. Of course, Scott was the one prompting us all to attend and keeping us excited about meeting up once again. That was how Scott was there for us and made sure we were there for one another. I and many of his Grinnell buddies will miss him sorely.

Brad Rindfleisch

January 29, 2020

I met Scott when I was a sophomore in high school. I ran Junior Olympics all summer freshman year, and then went out for football. It was 106° Each day that August. As I sat their sweating in my helmet, I wondered, “what ‘am I doing out here?” Then I looked up and saw the cross country team running by. They were shirtless, in little running shorts with their hair flowing in the wind. And, they were laughing and talking with the girls cc team. That’s all I needed to see! I could be running with girls or hitting guys?? I took off my helmet immediately and told the coach that I belonged over there. I joined the team that day. They made me do a time trail to see if I would be on varsity or JV. Before we started, Scott turned to me and said, “Don’t worry, JV is actually pretty fun!” Then he laughed and said, “Sorry, I’m sure you are gonna do great. Good luck!” We instantly became friends. He had this way of being very contagious and you couldn’t help but want to be around him. Thanks for the fun, Scott. You will be missed...and I will do my best to carry on your shannagans! 😉❤️

Jean Brooks

January 29, 2020

Scott loved his kids so very much and was always so involved in their lives. It was wonderful to see their live for each other. He will be missed.

Jean and Mark

Jeff Griffith

January 29, 2020

Scott was a great colleague and partner with me and many on my team at Dell. Brilliant, kind, sharp, and smart. And many more positive, good things. I am so very sorry that he is no longer with us.
My condolences and hopes for peace and comfort to all his family and friends.

-Jeff Griffith

FROM THE FAMILY