William Scott

William Scott, 96, passed away overnight on May 16 in Palm Desert, California. Bill was born in Denver Colorado on April 25, 1924, the son of James & Jean Thompson Scott, natives of Scotland.

He was married to Joanne Fuller Krouse in the Butler University Chapel in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 22, 1944. Jodie and Bill lived together until her death in July 2013. They resided in Riverside, San Marino, Century City, Newport Beach, and Palm Desert, California, and for three years in Richmond, Virginia. Bill and Jodie were keen international travelers – for business and for pleasure.

Children: David Malcolm Scott was born October 22, 1946, in Indianapolis, Indiana and resides in Indio, California. Gregory Ian Scott was born March 5, 1949, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is married to Katheryn M. Scott and they reside in Anaheim, California.

Grandchildren: Katheryn and Greg have two children – David Nathaniel Scott & Rachel Joanna Scott. Rachel is unmarried. David is married to Julie Ann Scott. They have a daughter, Rebeca Ann Scott, born December 2, 2001.

Bill’s dear friend of many years, Judith Forman, resides at the Fountains at the Carlotta in Palm Desert.

Education: Bill attended Butler University and entered active duty service in World War II with the United States Air Force, serving as a B-24 pilot with the Eighth Air Force in England. He flew twenty-six combat missions and was awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Business Career: From 1949, Bill was co-founder, and then president of Smith-Scott Co. Inc., a steel pipe manufacturing company in Riverside. The company was acquired by United Concrete Pipe Corporation in 1958. In 1965, Bill was transferred to an executive position at United’s corporate office in Irwindale, California, where he served as vice president marketing, president United Western Division, and director. He resigned in 1971 to form a steel importing business.

From 1971 to 1996 (other than 1985 thru 1988), The Scott Family owned and operated Transmark, a steel and cast iron importing business. In 1996 Bill and Joanne sold the business and retired…

Industry affiliations: Director Rockwin Corporation, Sante Fe Springs, California; director Bharat Steel Tubes, Ltd. New Delhi, India; member American Water Works Association; president California Pre-cast Concrete Pipe Association; director Western Region of American Concrete Pipe Association; chairman, marketing committee, American Concrete Pipe Association; and president and director West Coast Metal Importers Association.

Community service: member Riverside County Planning Commission; director and president Riverside Community Hospital; vice-chairman Riverside Airport Commission; member Optimist Club of Riverside.

Bill was a long time member of Victoria Club in Riverside, where he served on the Membership Committee.

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