Passed away peacefully Tuesday evening December 9th, 2014 with Tanis and Savannah at his side in their mountain home at Silver Star Resort. He was 51.
For the past two years Scott has been battling cancer. This indiscriminate disease took one of the healthiest and fit people known to his family and friends. Scott and Tanis researched deeply and took on the fight to survive with everything they could muster. It was a long, and many times, painful journey that is over now.
Scott was born April 13 1963 in Westminster California and moved to BC when he was just 10 days old. Scott grew up in Vernon and Edmonton. Scott leaves to mourn: His Wife Tanis and Daughter Savannah (pets: Norco, Kona, Bella) Father Lorne (Karen) Siemens, Mother: Faye (Philip) Jones, Sister: Kathie (Vaughn) Peoples, (Nephews: Jordan, Nathan, Liam) Step Brothers: Graham (Katherine) Jones and Russell Jones. Inlaws: Fraser and Genniene Sutherland. Aunty Val, Aunty Patti close cousin Jeremy Siemens, several other family and Best Friend of 43 years, Bob Woodman. Plus the MANY many friends Scott touched in his personal and professional life.
Scott was a very passionate skier and dedicated his life to racing and teaching skiers, staff, and College students about the sport and the Ski Industry. He was successful as a manager in the ski resort industry, managing and building ski resorts so others could share his dream. He was also very successful in the resort real estate world sharing his passion and dreams with buyers from all over the world.
Scott’s natural athletic ability and competitive nature was also shared with others in many other sports including hockey, football, waterskiing, triathlons, mountain biking and virtually any type of human powered water craft. He even strapped on the «skinny skis» and snowboard, as anything on snow came natural to him.
Paddling was a passion Scott came upon later in life and he embraced it equally to his love of skiing.
Scott, with friends Bob and Kim paddled year round rain, shine or snow on Okanagan Lake training for paddling competitions across BC and USA. Scott and Bob were ranked the #1 40 and over team at the Catalina US Championships prior to Scott’s diagnosis and Scott was one of the top paddlers in Western Canada.
Scott studied Ski Area Management program at Humber College in Toronto and started his ski industry career at Poley Mountain in Sussex New Brunswick during a time of building. The ski area added night skiing, new snowmaking and a new chairlift during his time there. He then moved to Edmonton and became the youngest Ski Area General Manager in western Canada at the Edmonton Ski Club. In 1990- 96 Scott spent six hardworking years in Terrace building Shames Mountain Ski Area from the ground up. At times he was writing pay cheques out of his own bank account in order to make payroll for his staff, not something many people would do.
It was in Terrace where Scott met his soulmate Tanis Sutherland, they connected right away as they shared an entrepreneurial spirit first opening a gym in Terrace then working together on many other ventures. 1996 Scott joined Selkirk College Instructing in the Ski Resort Operations and Management program. His natural teaching and leadership skills instilled a passion for the snow sports industry to hundreds of students over the eight years of Instructing at Selkirk College.
Scott and Tanis moved back to Vernon in 2004 where Scott entered the recreational real estate world, which was moving toward it’s peak in the Okanagan. He was successful in selling new development properties and homes at Silver Star, Big White, Predator Ridge, Veranda Beach, La Casa and most recently residential home sales in Vernon at the Seasons and Adventure Bay.
Scott, Tanis and their daughter Savannah were the best hosts whether at Margaritaville by the lake or at their home on Silver Star.
A celebration of Scott’s life was held at Silver Star on December 14th.