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H. Scott Brown
March 16th, 1933 - March 10, 2012

H. Scott Brown of Boise, Idaho, passed away on March 10, 2012. He was born on March 16th, 1933 to Lynnville and Theotosca Brown on a ranch North of Filer, Idaho and then moved to his Grandfather's ranch in 1938. He attended Curry Crossing School. Scott and his brother Bud rode a horse named Billy to school every day. In the winter, one would steer Billy while the other would ski behind on a tow rope. Scott attended Filer High School and received a football scholarship to Idaho State University. He attended Idaho State University until June of 1953 and then joined the Air Force. He attended Aviation Cadet School and graduated in 1955 and was assigned to Hill Air Force Base, Ogden, Utah. On June 2nd 1956 he married Edna Van Cantfort at Queen of Peace Church, Houston, TX. Scott's first assignment as a 2nd Lieutenant was to Hill Air Force Base, UT, where he and Edna made their first home.

In 1958 after 4,000 hours in a B-29, he went to pilot training. In 1959 Scott was assigned to Mather Air Force Base, Sacramento, CA. In 1962 Scott was assigned to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska. In 1964 after the Alaskan Earthquake he was assigned to rebuild Elmendorf Air Force Base runways, control tower and the Anchorage hospital. In 1965 Scott was assigned to the Pentagon as 1st Ops Officer for Red Horse. He formed six groups and deployed them to Vietnam and in 1967 General Meredith was deployed to Vietnam and asked Harris to accompany him to Vietnam. October of 1967 Harris Scott Brown was re-assigned as Commander at Pleiku Air Field. In 1968 after the Tet Offensive he received the Bronze Star. At 3:00 am on a survey of the runway to make sure there weren't any hazards, Tech Sergeant Garcia and Harris Scott Brown discovered an unexploded missile in the runway. With no operational personnel available, Sergeant Garcia and Harris Brown took BDR action to remove the missile from the runway. Sergeant Garcia procured a truck and driver. A lasso was made with a cable on the runway and carefully placed around the missile and hitched to the truck. The truck bed was raised to protect the driver and then the truck was slowly moved forward removing the missile from the runway.

After Vietnam, Scott was assigned to Sunnyvale, CA to build a 10 story space center, and a 12 jet engine power station at the Satellite Tracking Facility. They became operational in 1969. In 1976, Scott retired from the Air Force and went to work for Morrison-Knudsen. His first assignment for Morrison Knudsen was MKSAC (Morrison-Knudsen Saudi Arabia Consortium) where he helped raise a city from the desert which included runways, mosque and a 1000 foot deep water system.

Assigned back to MK Headquarters to run the Employment Branch where he found the best people for each job and assigned them to the right job and complied with the EEO employment procedures. In 1981, Scott went back to engineering at MK in Boise. In 1983 he was re-assigned as project director at the Army Space Center in Huntsville, AL.

In 1984 Scott was assigned by MK to Cairo, Egypt on this assignment Edna accompanied him. There he was part of a multi-national consortium which built cement manufacturing facilities. In 1988 Scott retired from Morrison-Knudsen and took a job with Oppenheimer Development in Boise. He retired five years later in 1993.

Scott received many honors including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, One Army Commendation Award, Two Air Force Commendation Awards and Five Campaign Medals. A Presidential Citation for helping Idaho's unemployed find a job, National Governors Award, Governors Award, National Businessman Award for the Idaho Private Industry Council. He also founded the Idaho Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program.

Scott is survived by his wife, Edna, daughter Cathie and Dave Wilder, Daughter Julie and Sam Mellmer, daughter Aurora and George McDonough, daughter Connie and Pat McDonough, daughter Angie and Dan Taylor, son Stephen and Laurie Brown, son Evan and Buffy Brown, fifteen Grand Children, brothers, Phil and Jan Brown, Bud and Sandy Brown, Uncles Paul Brown and Lyle Williamson and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Lynnville and Theo Brown and Brother David Brown.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the special thanks to St. Alphonsus Cancer Care Center and Horizon Home Health & Hospice.

A Funeral Mass to honor and celebrate Scott's life will be held at 11:00 am, Friday at Saint Mark's Catholic Church, 7960 W. Northview St., Boise, Idaho 83704. A Vigil Service will be held on Thursday March 15th at 7:00 pm at Coverdale Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. "Honor Our Heros" website: www.vvmf.org.

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Cloverdale Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremation
1200 N Cloverdale Road Boise, ID 83713
Tel. (208) 375-2212
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