Scott Martin Niedermeyer
October 17, 1961 – September 15, 2020
Scott "Scotty" Martin Niedermeyer, loving husband and father of four beautiful children, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at the age of 58. He was born Oct. 17, 1961 in Portland and was the youngest of Linus James Niedermeyer Sr. and Beverly (Briles) Niedermeyer's five children. He lived his entire life in Portland, attending grade school at St. Mary's Cathedral Elementary School. He graduated from Jesuit High School in 1980 and earned a bachelor's degree from Portland State University where he studied history, geomorphology and photography. Scott took great pride in singing in the Jesuit High School and Portland State choirs, as he had an immense love for music. It was not uncommon for him to break out in song with friends and family.
Scott was a born adventurer and gifted outdoorsman, as demonstrated by his summiting Mount Hood over a dozen times along with many other mountains in the Cascades. He hiked the Pacific Crest trail at age 12. He was just 10 years old when his mother heard a loud voice proudly calling "Hi!" from their 50 foot fir tree. The fire department was called to get him down. Scott had a great sense of humor and a keen sense of the absurd, loving the movie The Big Lebowski. He could mimic anyone and did so to the delight of his family.
Scott was most happy in the mountains and near the water, particularly when he shared those adventures with wife Stacy, their children, extended family and friends. Whether it was skiing with his family, friends and cousins in Sun Valley, windsurfing at the Gorge, racing cars or ocean surfing in Cannon Beach, Scott lived his life fully, with speed and with an infectious youthful energy. He was the first to encourage others to get out and enjoy Oregon's natural beauty through a hike, bike, bonfire or beach volleyball game. It was not uncommon to hear his powerful voice telling us to "turn off the television and get outside." Hiking will be a seminal memory of time with Scott. A strenuous beautiful hike was always on the calendar, at times a solitary activity but more often with Stacy or one of his children. A love for speed and adrenaline was at Scott's core. Activities like helicopter skiing, mountain climbing, and car racing brought him energy and joy. Snow skiing was the sport enjoyed by the entire Niedermeyer family and was often shared with friends and extended family.
Scott married his best friend Stacy (McKinnon) Niedermeyer July 31, 1993. As Scott tells the story, they met on the 6th grade ski bus, but Stacy may have a different recollection. They wed at Mount Hood, a place dear to their hearts. It has always been "family first" for Scott and Stacy, ensuring their children have every opportunity to reach their full potentials. Raising active, adventurous children with a love and understanding of the outdoors was a priority for Scott and Stacy. A Jesuit education was fundamental to Scott's upbringing and they ensured their children attended the same schools that shaped his early life. Scott was a loving and present father who regularly teared up with pride when talking about his kids. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family and graciously opened his homes to all. His children describe him as a passionate, genuine, larger than life father who was engaged not only in their lives but also in the lives of their friends and hundreds of his family members, sharing his love of adventure and making sure that everyone felt cared for. Years of volunteering at his alma maters kept him and Stacy close to their kids. Whether it was as a hot lunch dad, behind the microphone as the JV Football announcer at Jesuit or making his famous "Bushmeyer" burgers at Cathedral, Scott was always giving to others and Stacy was right by his side.
Scott made a friend everywhere he went by sharing his knowledge of the Pacific Northwest and being curious about the people he met and the places he experienced. Scott was a force in the lives of many, with a loud, bold, voice and forgiving heart. His loyalty and friendship came without limits. If you were his friend, he had your back. There will forever be a void in thousands of lives as a result of Scott's passing and his voice, THE VOICE, will be forever engraved in our memories.
As Scott departs on his next adventure, hiking his way to heaven, he no doubt packed a lunch and will arrive with an excellent story of the journey. He can find comfort in knowing that Stacy and their children are loved by so many. The Fourth of July will never be the same. New Year's will never be the same. Life will never be the same but "The Dude Abides," lives on through all of us.
Scott is survived by the love of his life, Stacy McKinnon Neidermeyer; his children and greatest source of pride, Eleanor and fiance, Lorenzo Bissonnette, Lillian, McKinnon and Joseph; alongside father, Linus Niedermeyer Sr. and wife, Masa; siblings, Debra, Linda, Molly, and Linus Jr. Niedermeyer; as well as many nieces, nephews; a great-nephew and a great-niece. He was predeceased by his mother, Beverly.
A private Mass for family and close friends will be held at 11 a.m., Sept. 23, 2020, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Portland. The Mass will be viewable via ZOOM for those interested please contact Lorenzo Bissonnette at email@example.com.
Memorial donations may be made to his youngest son, Joseph's charity, Ncompass at www.worldncompass.org