OBITUARY

Scott Damon McKnight

January 24, 1953November 13, 2019

Scott Damon McKnight was born January 24, 1953 to Kermit McKnight and Verma Lee Mauldin in Conway, Arkansas and passed away November 13, 2019.

Scott had friends and trusted colleagues around the world, thanks in great part to his storied 40 year domestic and international law enforcement career, which began in 1977 with the Big Spring Police Department. With the signing of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords, Scott traveled to the Balkans in January 1996 to serve with the United Nations War Crime Tribunal in Bosnia. In March of 2000, Scott joined ICITAP-Kosovo’s mission – initially as a specialized training instructor and later as chief of bilateral training for what was then known as the Kosovo Police Service School (KPSS) in Vushtrri (and now the Kosovo Academy for Public Safety). In 2005, Scott became ICITAP’s Field Operations Manager in the Balkans until December 2017 when he concluded his international mission and returned home to Texas.

Scott made a difference to everyone he met and he helped many in any way he could. He supported dozens of families in Kosovo, in Bosnia, and in Banja Luka. Scott was a very kind-hearted person, who didn’t have time to think about himself while working always to help others. No stranger behind the wheel, he would never think twice about traveling a thousand kilometers to deliver goods to people around the Balkans.

Scott is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Aaron & Chelsee McKnight of Austin Texas, his brother, James McKnight of Greenbriar Arkansas, and sister Linda Vigil of New Mexico.

In lieu of flowers the family asks to make a donation to the American Cancer Society.

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Alycia Vasquez

November 19, 2019

Scott was an amazing friend . He helped me through a ver hard time in my life . I couldn’t of asked for a better friend he will be missed . RIP Scott.

robert lester

November 19, 2019

Scott and I worked together at Big Spring, Texas PD. He was an awesome coworker, friend, and backup in a bar fight. A gentle person who will be missed. Rest in peace my friend until we meet again. Prayers for all during your home going. We also had a connection when he worked for Midland SO.

Zana Zhaveli Emra

November 18, 2019

There will be no other person in this world as nice, generous, caring and loving as Scott was.
Had the opportunity to know Scotty from 2002 and worked closely with him for 15 years in Kosovo. He sure was a guardian angel for me while alive and will continue to still be, watching over from heaven. Loved him as my own Dad even though he was my "Boss" and he used to say "you are my daughter which I never had".
Every time I would call Scott, he would worry about how we are and never reflect the hard times and pain he was going through. Never forgot to ask about all the people he knew and offer help if anyone needed it.
Scott was part of our family and will continue to be.
You will be greatly missed Big Guy but we will always remember you!
Rest in Peace Scotty

dajana dzinic

November 18, 2019

Scott McKnight was the one of the best people I had privilege to know and work with. I was happy to call him my friend and part of my family.

I hope he is in better place now. He was an angel with a heart of gold, and we will greatly miss him. May you rest in peace.

We love you. Thank you for every moment you shared with us.

Dajana

Amer Hadzeric

November 17, 2019

You were one of the best people I have ever met in my life.

I will miss You.

Rest in Peace Scott

Amer

Jeff Palmer

November 16, 2019

Scott was the kindest, most unselfish person I have ever known. He will be forever remembered by everyone he touched. If there are angels walking among us on this earth, then surely he was one of them. My life is so much better for having known this gentle giant of a man. Scott. I will miss you and think of you always.

Jeff

Gary Bullard

November 15, 2019

Scott had friends and trusted colleagues around the world, thanks in great part to his storied 30-year domestic and international law enforcement career, which began in 1986 with the Midland Sherriff’s Department in the great State of Texas. With the signing of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords, Scott traveled to the Balkans in January 1996 to serve with the United Nations War Crime Tribunal in Bosnia. In March of 2000, Scott joined ICITAP-Kosovo’s mission – initially as a specialized training instructor and later as chief of bilateral training for what was then known as the Kosovo Police Service School (KPSS) in Vushtrri (and now the Kosovo Academy for Public Safety). In 2005, Scott became ICITAP’s Field Operations Manager in the Balkans until December 2017 when he concluded his international mission and returned home to Texas.

Scott made a difference to everyone he met and he helped many in any way he could. He supported dozens of families in Kosovo, in Bosnia, and in Banja Luka. Scott was a very kind-hearted person, who didn’t have time to think about himself while working always to help others. No stranger behind the wheel, he would never think twice about traveling a thousand kilometers to deliver goods to people around the Balkans.

At his farewell in Kosovo on December 15, 2017, the ICITAP team presented Scott with a plaque, which read: “For your selfless dedication and unwavering support of the DOJ-ICITAP Kosovo program. We are fortunate to have worked with you for 18 years and wish you the greatest happiness in the future.”

Thank you Scott for all you did for all us at ICITAP. You will never be forgotten!

Bashkim Bekaj

November 15, 2019

It was a pleasure to know Scott and work with him for several years in Kosovo.
Such a wonderful person.

You willl be missed.

Rest in peace my dear friend.

Bashkim

Ron Fisher

November 15, 2019

It was always others speaking of Scott's compassion. I will miss this friend of whom, like many had my total respect Rest in Peace Scott!!!

David Snodgrass

November 15, 2019

Scott is without a doubt the kindest most generous man I ever knew. He took care of multiple needy families in Kosovo and never told anyone what he was doing. Several times when payroll for the local staff was late, Scott paid them out of his own pocket to make sure they did not go without. I don't think I ever left his office without him giving me a police patch or hat for my boys. Kosovo lost a great son and we lost a great friend. The world is a little less kind, because Scott is gone. Rest in Peace friend.

FROM THE FAMILY