Loving father, respected friend, influential leader, gifted scientist, great storyteller, literal genius and "The Groover Delux", passed away peacefully at his home in Logan, Utah near his children and grandchildren.
Born in Logan, Utah to Wallace and Treva (Killian) Parrish. Scott grew up in Logan spending his summers swinging on a rope swing at 2nd tree with his childhood friends and fishing with his dad. At an early age Scott took to sports and as a natural athlete excelled at basketball and football. That passion took him to Utah State on scholarship for basketball, eventually transitioning to football and becoming an all American on the Utah State football team. After college he was drafted by the New Orleans Saints later finishing his football career as a Denver Bronco.
Leaving sports behind Scott completed his graduate degree at Washington State University where he earned his masters in crop physiology and doctorate degrees in Agronomy, Minor plant breeding, and minor Soil Sciences.
In September of 1977 Scott married his beautiful high school sweetheart Lynn Margaret Broadbent who he met while attending Logan High. Later their marriage was solemnized in the Logan Temple sealing them to their six children.
Following his desire to feed the world Scott pursued a career in agricultural research where he had numerous professional achievements which include the discovery and development of multiple herbicides and other agricultural inputs which greatly shaped modern agriculture. Scott considered himself a “professional Killer” (of weeds).
After graduating he accepted a research and development position with Monsanto in St. Louis Missouri. While there his ability to create products to assist in controlling weed growth was met with great success sending him throughout the world. He cherished his opportunities as he witnessed the effectiveness of the products he had created to improve farming and food production in many underdeveloped countries. After his time at Monsanto, Scott continued his desire to help feed the world by creating his own agricultural research and development company Agrasyst Inc.
Scott caught the wanderlust at a young age. It started in Logan Canyon and later moved to Star Valley, WY. He went on to river rafting as a guide in southern Utah among other places. Scott's love for nature and plants started while fishing with his dad at his favorite place in the world Greys River, WY. There he became an avid fisherman, catching trout fever and out fishing his brother Alan.
His professional life led him to galivanting around the world where, as he would say “I loved dragging around Lynn” his wife on their many adventures. She loved it too.
Scott was deeply spiritual and was a devoted lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Scott’s strong and abiding testimony of his Savior Jesus Christ influenced his daily life.
Although a very accomplished scientist and athlete, Scott considered his greatest accomplishment the creation of his family. As a devoted father, his greatest joy was watching his children grow and sharing in their accomplishments.
Scott is survived by his loving children Alexandria Lynn Parrish, McCall Parrish Florez, Maddison Parrish, Chance Parrish and Cade Parrish. Grandchildren Ryland and Adelynn Florez. Siblings Jan Parrish Campbell (Ted) Alan K. Parrish (Marcia) Jean Parrish Longhurst (Reed) Joan Parrish Boman (Tel). Scott is proceeded in death by his beloved wife Lynn Broadbent Parrish, Son Dalton Scott Broadbent Parrish and Brother Steven Wallace Parrish. Parents Wallace Alonso Parrish (the great Walanso) and Treva Killian Parrish.
Scott’s love and adoration for his special son Chance has inspired him to form a foundation called Given Chance. This foundation is designed to help care for and help people with special needs. Contact the Parrish family for donations to the Given Chance foundation.
Scotts huge character and big heart leaves a massive void in our lives, and he will be sorely missed by all that knew him.
A viewing will be held on Friday July 8th from 6pm to 8pm, at Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center St. Logan Utah and on Saturday, July 9th from 10 am – 11:45 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1380 E. 25 North. (Cliffside) Logan, Utah. Funeral services following at 12pm. Graveside services will be at Logan City Cemetery.
Funeral services will be livestreamed and can be viewed via the following link (password: Scott)