Zachary Matthew Scott

April 17, 1982January 21, 2019

In the late afternoon on Monday, January 21, 2019 Zachary Matthew Scott of Tucson, Arizona went home to be with our Lord while in the Philippines at the age of thirty-six. Zachary was born to Kevin and Cindy (Hulse) Scott of Newburgh Indiana on April 17th of 1982. A graduate of Castle High School (Newburgh, IN), he pursued an undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Southern Indiana. After working briefly for GE he chose to further his science education, earning his Master’s at the University of Arizona in Tucson at the age of twenty-two. After his graduation he remained in Tucson to use his knowledge of polymers to help Syncardia engineer and build the world’s only medically approved entirely artificial heart. He continued to work at Syncardia as a team leader and unofficial new hire greeter until his death. He is survived by the love of his life, his fiancée Jhen Baloran of Isabela, Philippines; his parents Kevin and Cindy (Hulse) Scott of Newburgh, Indiana; his siblings Aaron and Jennifer Scott of Newburgh, Indiana and Daniel Scott of Thousand Oaks, California; as well as his paternal grandparents Connie and Wayne Scott of Ormond Beach, Florida, in addition to many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is preceded in death by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Zachary was a life-long gamer, and he particularly enjoyed the social aspects of teaming up with others and building successful clans in the games he enjoyed most. After his move to Arizona Zachary became an avid hiker and rock climber, hobbies he picked up out of inspiration provided by the beautiful deserts and canyons that surrounded him. He was passionate about the work he did with Syncardia to help develop medical research and technology which changed the lives and futures of countless people. He was known as the unofficial greeter to new employees of the company and for building team morale, often preparing and providing group meals when he was able. In addition to an active social life with many of his friends and colleagues Zachary also volunteered as a chef at the Ronald McDonald House.

The family would like to thank Senator Todd Young and his staff as well as the State Department and the staff of the US Consulate of Manila, Philippines for helping to bring Zachary back to the United States for internment. Gratitude cannot be adequately expressed for the help and comfort provided by family friends Roy Paxton (Newburgh, IN), the Read family (Tucson, AZ), and all of the other family and friends who have helped us to remember and honor Zachary’s life.

Services will be held at Alexander Funeral Home, Newburgh Chapel. There will be a visitation on Friday, February 8 from 4pm-8pm. Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 9 at 1pm with a visitation prior starting at noon. In lieu of food or flowers the family asks that a favorite memory be put into writing to be placed into a memory book of Zachary’s life, pictures would be appreciated. Donations in honor of Zachary’s life and memory can be made by volunteering of time and talents to your local branch of Ronald McDonald’s House charities or through financial support to their charity as a whole. Donations can also be made in Zachary’s honor to the American Heart Association.


  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 9, 2019

Zachary Matthew Scott

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Colin Jones-Weinert

February 11, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Zach for the last 7 years here at SynCardia. He was always so passionate about his work and doing the right thing, and never took short cuts. Zach was the person you would go to when you needed help with a complicated problem, or just wanted ideas for a new lunch spot in town. He was a bright light, and is already dearly missed by all of us here at SynCardia.


Bill & Mary Read

February 8, 2019

Zach was like a member of our family. He frequently joined us for holiday dinners, family pizza parties, or to just watch a favorite TV show. Whether it was a gathering of old Air Force buddies or neighborhood friends, Zach was always one of the gang. Everyone was interested in hearing about his part in developing the artificial heart at Syncardia. We will always cherish our memories of our good times together.
This photo was taken on Easter Sunday 2018 at our home in Tucson, AZ.
Bill & Mary Read