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Gary Scott

Gary D. Scott Sr. went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at First Baptist Church.
Ronnie Williams will officiate the services, with interment to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons Devan Scott, Dawson Scott, Robert Archuleta and Tyler Schmidt, nephews Ross Horner, Perry Williams and Landon Mayberry, and longtime friends of the family Matt Greenhaw and Darin Dodd.

Gary was born July 14, 1945, in Silver City to Charles W. and Kathleen “Katie” (Martin) Scott. He moved to Artesia in 1951 from Portales.

On Aug. 21, 1964, he married his high school sweetheart, Gloria J. Whittington, in Artesia, and the two were happily married for 53 years.

Gary retired in 2010 as the publisher of the Artesia Daily Press after 55 years of service with the newspaper. He began his association with the Daily Press in 1955, when, at the age of 9, he applied for the position of newspaper carrier. The circulation manager at the time was skeptical he could perform the duties, as the open newspaper route was five miles long and he rode a bicycle. Gary proved him wrong and remained a paperboy until he was offered the position of assistant circulation manager in 1961.

Gary ascended to circulation manager in 1963, advertising manager in 1969, business manager in 1973, and in 1985 was promoted to publisher, a title he held until his retirement.

Gary was a member of the Artesia Downtown Lions Club for many years, fulfilling the duties of the club’s Lion Tamer. He was an avid Artesia Bulldog sports fan and enjoyed watching and attending Dallas Cowboy and Oklahoma Sooner football games.

He truly loved spending time with family and friends, and for many years could be seen jogging or walking the streets of Artesia. But his true passion was his love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and he enjoyed sharing the gospel or praying for anyone who would listen.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria J. Scott, of the family home; sons Gary D. Scott Jr. and wife Renee of Artesia, and Spencer A. Scott and wife Melanie of Edmond, Okla.; grandchildren Lacey Archuleta and husband Robert of Roswell, Kelsey Schmidt and husband Tyler of Visalia, Calif., Devan Scott and Kalea Melson of Norman, Okla., Dawson Scott of Edmond, Okla., Skylor Morton of Omaha, Neb., Taylor Morton of Lubbock, Texas, Melessia Guevara and Jayla Guevara, both of Weatherford, Okla., and Sterling Crook of Artesia; great-grandchildren Tucker Scott, Kash Pearce, Lyndon East and soon-to-be-born Zoie Scott; sister Charlotte Holland of Vancouver, Wash.; brother Charles Scott of Artesia; sister Patti Horner and husband Ronald of Artesia; brother Rodney Scott of Artesia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Kathie Ragsdale.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.