Scott R. Willingham

Born: Wed., Apr. 16, 1969
Died: Sun., Nov. 8, 2020


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Thu., Nov. 19, 2020
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Fri., Nov. 20, 2020
Location: Burns Mortuary

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Sat., Nov. 21, 2020
Location: Pilot Rock Cemetery

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April 16th, 1969 - November 8th, 2020 Scott R. Willingham, 51, both entered and left this world in Portland, OR. Scott was born on April 16th, 1969 to Weldon Willingham and Marilyn Scott. He spent most of his childhood in Forest Grove, OR where he attended grade school and middle school. During his time in Forest Grove he became very close to his neighbors Jim and Liz Hurley who became a second set of parents to him and he later made them his children’s godparents. Scott later moved in with his Dad in Dallas, TX where he attended high school at Tyler Street Christian Academy. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Army (1987-1991) and served in the Panama and First Gulf War. After serving his country he returned home to Forest Grove where he met his beautiful wife, Anita Willingham. They met in July of 1991 and must have known they were meant to be as they were married by March 12th, 1992. During their 28 years of marriage they had 5 children- Elizabeth (husband Roman), Bryan, Justin, Joshua, and Rachel. Not only was Scott a devoted father and husband but he also willingly served his community. He volunteered at the Pilot Rock Fire Department since 1997. He saved countless lives and homes during this time. Scott became a Registered Nurse in 2003 and worked all these years at St. Anthony Hospital. Numerous people have stated how he saved their lives or their loved ones, how they felt safer when he was at the hospital to care for them, always made them feel like the most important patient, and wouldn’t leave until he knew they were cared for. His nursing legacy will continue on as he mentored many new nurses to reach their full potential. Scott’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, taking care of his small farm, playing cribbage, watching his grandchildren, yelling at refs during sports events, watching Dallas Cowboy Football games, and anything that involved his family. Scott was a caring man through everything he did. He loved to cook big meals for family and friends. He was more than willing to open his home to anybody that needed it. During his life he had countless people live with him and his family. Although he had only 5 biological children many more people considered and called him dad. Scott is survived by his children and his wife, his 2 grand-children Hayden and Sawyer. His parents Marilyn and David Gassner of Forest Grove, sister Lisa Slater (Aaron Slater) of Forest Grove, sister Bonnie McIntyre of Stanfield, sister Debbie Johnson, brother Mark Otto (Nina Otto), and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his dad Weldon Willingham and all his grandparents. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pilot Rock Athletic Department

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Cleo Zyph
   Posted Mon November 16, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. If I can help in anyway, please contact me. Scott will be missed by many.

monica hay
   Posted Tue November 17, 2020
I'm heartbroken. Scott was a wonderful man and nurse. He was a pleasure to work with and I was prilvaged to call him a friend. You are in my prayers.

Shelli Vigeant
   Posted Tue November 17, 2020
Scott will be sorely missed. Even though we were cousins, I only really got to know him in the last decade of his life. I could tell he was a fantastic father and a real family man. I always looked forward to spending time with him and his family. Love you Scott!

Karen Early
   Posted Tue November 17, 2020
Sorry for your loss and praying for your family.

Laura & Jon Tucker
   Posted Wed November 18, 2020
Anita - was so sorry to have read this in the paper. Our hearts and prayers go out to you, your kids and your and his family.

mark petersen
   Posted Thu November 19, 2020
Upon learning of Scott's passing, I was both shocked and saddened. We became friends when I had the honor of having Scott as a student at BMCC. We spent that year talking science and trading good natured barbs. Scott was a very good man in every sense of the word and will be missed. My deepest condolences to his family.

Marsha Cox
   Posted Fri November 20, 2020
I did not know Scott very well but, after meeting him at St. Anthony’s hospital(day surgery) for my weekly infusions I just loved his since of humor and beautiful kindness towards me. He was one of the best in his field. I will never forget his awesome smile when entering the room I was in. Talking to Liz when I could also meant the world to me also. What a beautiful family he has. I will miss him. I’m so so sorry. My condolences. Sincerely, Marsha Cox.🙏

Katrina Dielman & Bruce Mayfield
   Posted Fri November 20, 2020
Scott Willingham was a joyous force of nature. And he loved his family with his whole heart and soul. ~ Katrina and Bruce

Vera Clarke and family
   Posted Fri November 20, 2020
What a legacy he has left and what a beautiful spirit to know.
Scott was such a help and always so upbeat and giving. He will be forever in our hearts and for sure he has his wings.
Sincerely, Vera Clarke and family

Jen Callahan-Waseca
   Posted Sat November 21, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could be there for you all today. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this time.

tom weeks
   Posted Sat November 21, 2020
deepest condolences and prayers to the family for your and our loss...great man gone too soon

Arleta Reese-Thorne
   Posted Sat November 21, 2020
To know Scott was to admire and love him, what a great guy to work with, he will truly be missed. I am blessed to have known and worked with him, prayers for the whole family.

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