Scott Norman Gardner, age 75, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away on the evening of September 1st with his wife of 53 years, Lynn, by his side. He is survived by Lynn, their daughter Erin, grandchildren Zoey and Arlo, sister Nancy (Don), nieces Sarah & Jenny, and nephew Ryan, as well as many cousins and great-nieces & nephews. Scott was preceded in death by brother Neal and nephew Joshua Scott McIntyre. Scott was always grateful for the love of best friends the Thompsons and childhood best friend Dave (Carol) Balge.
Scott was a graduate of Garden City High School and Michigan State University, with a master's degree through Eastern Michigan University. Scott taught biology and coached many sports for Comstock Public Schools. He always said he would live past 100; we have no doubt he will be smiling on through all of us these next 25 years and beyond.
Scott understood something that a lot of adults never do… He spent as much time as he could being in nature, exercising (from triathlons to disc golf to mountain biking), involved in music (Roy Orbison superfan), laughing with family/friends, sharing his passions/knowledge with others, reading, playing sports, and relaxing. Scott recognized the importance of being present. He found joy in simple moments with gratitude for the things that matter most. May we honor him by doing the same in our moments ahead, remembering the glimmer in his eye as he succeeded in making us laugh.
An open house to celebrate Scott's life will take place on Saturday, October 7th, from 1-3pm at the Oshtemo United Methodist Church hall located at 6574 Stadium Drive, Oshtemo, MI 49077. Please come and share stories, fun, laughter, and likely some tears. If you wish to make a donation in Scott's name, please consider the Red Cross (he was a regular blood donor) or the Michigan Mountain Biking Association.