Scott M. Kelly

June 5, 1984October 30, 2020

Scott Matthew Kelly, 36, passed away October 30, 2020. Scott was born June 5, 1984 in Victoria to Linda Davis Kelly and the late Talbot Brown Kelly III.

Scott worked in computer software in Austin as a contract manager and negotiator. He held a lifelong passion for writing and found success as a published author. Above all, Scott was a devoted humanist who cared deeply for those around him.

Scott is survived by his mother, Linda Kelly of Victoria; brother, Mark Ryan Kelly of Victoria; niece, Parker Elizabeth Kelly and his oldest and dearest friend, Justin Henry of Austin.

He is preceded in death by his father, Talbot Kelly III.

Honorary pallbearers include his “team” at ESO, Justin and Marion Henry and Mark Lai.

Due to COVID-19 and the health concerns for his friends and family a Virtual Memorial Service to celebrate Scott’s life will be held by invitation only at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in Scott’s name to the charity of your choice.

Words of comfort may be shared at

And as Scott would say … “So It Goes”


  • Talbot Brown Kelly III, Father (deceased)
  • Linda Davis Kelly, Mother
  • Mark Ryan Kelly, Brother
  • Parker Elizabeth Kelly, Niece
  • Justin Henry, Oldest and Dearest Friend

  • ESO Team, Honorary
  • Justin and Marion Henry, Honorary
  • Mark Lai, Honorary


  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service to be held at a later date


Scott M. Kelly

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Erin Schwartz

November 9, 2020

It is difficult to find the appropriate words to put here. You were brilliant. We were recently catching up, and it is difficult to process that your response will not come. Hope you're up there, with all the etheric answers a philosopher could hope for, laughing at the absurdity of our perceived world. Fly high. And so it goes, but man, it stings. It's always the good ones. Thanks for everything.

john kelly

November 6, 2020

dear scotty,

every time i use my password i think of you. it contains the name of my favorite living novelist - someone i'd never read - till you turned me on to him. (you were less successful in recommending rap stars.)

i played with you as a kid, read your novels and marveled as you grew into the definition of life itself: energetic, engaged, lightning smart and talented eleven ways.

i'll guard your memory buried inside my password,

love, uncle johnny

Subdeacon Paisius Franklin

November 6, 2020

To Linda and Mark go my deepest condolences for your loss. I never had the pleasure of meeting Scott, personally, but if he was anything like his brother Mark, I can say I missed out on a lot. To be honest, I did a double-take when I saw the picture of Scott in the paper. He had the same big, warm smile his brother has. And from what I see others saying about him, Scott and Mark were definitely cut from the same cloth. What a loss for all who knew and worked with him. In the Orthodox Faith, which Mark is a great part of, we believe and say at this time...May his Memory Be Eternal!

Lacie Petersen

November 5, 2020

Scott was a childhood friend and he is woven into my most cherished memories from growing up. These are the kinds of stories I still delight in telling and they always bubble up to the forefront of my mind even 30 some odd years later. I know I do not have the right words for this situation. But please know that Scott’s memory remains vivid to me - forever young - freckle faced, sweet, bright, braving river rapids, building forts, impressing with his extensive knowledge of dinosaurs, drinking way too much soda at the deer camp, watching the diving pig at Aquarena Springs... He won’t be forgotten and his memory will always have a special place in my heart. Kelly family, I’m so sorry for your tremendous loss.

Peter Quadrino

November 4, 2020

It’s been very difficult to process that Scott is gone because the man had so much zest for life, he was so full of wit and humor and intellectual convo. I cannot picture him being silenced. I used to correct him anytime he’d say he was an introvert. Scott was the icebreaker in work meetings. He was the first one to offer a warm welcome to new employees at our company. He thrived in his job as a contract negotiator because he seemed to relish intellectual sparring. He had an unflappable confidence and irrepressible wit. He always made me laugh.

When we first started working together in 2017, I took the job partly because of him. He had interviewed me and we had a great talk, he was excited that we had similar passions for literature and east coast hip hop music. We spent a lot of time together back then, he showed me the ropes, we were teammates, and we would chat for hours about philosophy, literature, history, and hip hop. He was very happy to have a likeminded guy of the same age as a coworker and he always made it known which flattered me. Scott loved to boost people up, flatter them. He was a kind person and did not hesitate to express his admiration for someone.

I have so many stories about him. He loved the author Albert Camus and once he asked me to read The Stranger and gifted me a copy. I read it immediately and came back with a bunch of discussion topics. I'll never forget how grateful he was for that, he got so much enjoyment out of our discussion. He also loved Ernest Hemingway. And of course Kurt Vonnegut and "Slaughterhouse Five." He loved east coast hip hop, his favorite rappers were Skyzoo and Black Thought. We would text each other with rap lyrics and new songs to check out. A good memory I have of him is after he got a new zippy car, he drove me to lunch while playing a new Skyzoo album and telling me in great detail why he loved it. I will hold onto that image of him joyfully driving his brand new car listening to his favorite music.

Renda Hobizal

November 4, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for you. I think of you often. Our Jefferson days were so long ago. You were a great teacher and friend.

Courtney Lairsey

November 4, 2020

Scott was a phenomenal man. I literally would not be where I am today in my personal or professional life without him. There was no one more quick witted or captivating in conversation. Most of all he had an incredible sense of empathy and cared deeply about the good life. Scott, you are so loved and so deeply missed; say hello to Kurt from me. My sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends. Rest in paradise Scott.

Marilee Murphy

November 4, 2020

Occasionally in your professional life, you may come into contact with someone who actually changes your life. Someone that inspires you to be better. Scott Kelly was one of these people for me.
When I started at ESO my confidence level was low. Scott helped to change that. He guided me in learning the job, then told me to go for it. He never once told me I did something wrong. Instead he would say “here is how it could be better”. Under his guidance I have been able to succeed, even getting a promotion within my first year.
He became more than a boss. He was my mentor and my friend. He was there for me when my stepfather passed. He understood my pain having lost his father only 2 years ago.
He was quick witted, intelligent (he’s a published author!), kind, level headed. He wants everyone to succeed. Everything you would ever ask for in a manager.
When he left ESO a few short weeks ago I was devastated. Many phone calls and texts later, he convinced me that I will not only be fine, but will continue to grow. He also said I could call him anytime for advice.
I am in complete shock that I won’t be able to. That he is no longer here for me to cry to, bounce ideas off of, or have long conversations about movies and music with.
Wherever you are Scott, I hope you realize how much your friends will miss you and the difference you made in our lives.
RIP my friend.