The Virtual Celebration of Life for
Douglas Spencer Scott
from Saturday, February 13, 2021
5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Douglas Spencer Scott was born in Los Angeles in December of 1946. He grew up in the foothills of Los Angeles in La Crescenta, Montrose and Glendale, where he lived with his parents, Spencer and Betty, and his younger sister, Margie Jo.
At an early age, Doug developed a love of cycling that became the center of his focus for many years. At 13, he started working after school and on Saturdays at Montrose Bike Shop in Montrose. His love for cycling grew and he competed in races throughout his teens along with buddy Duke Rovarino, who decades later become his brother-in-law. Doug went full-time at the bike shop after graduating high school and eventually became the owner-operator. He happily ran the bike shop for several years in addition to a second location in Glendale.
In the early 70s, his focus shifted to cars. Opportunity led him to the funeral business where he ultimately found his true calling. He built a successful business from the ground up and established himself as a respected professional with the best refurbished funeral cars around. His business dealings connected him globally and he built long-standing relationships across the states, and into South America, Europe and Asia.
In his personal life, it was in 1977 that Doug married Llarilyn Peterson. He also became stepfather to her little girl, Brandy. The marriage didn’t last long, but Doug’s relationship with Brandy remained strong. He never remarried and regarded Brandy as his daughter for the remainder of his life.
Doug also remained close to his parents through the years. Spencer and Betty were well-known in the Glendale area – Spencer was Chairman and CEO of Fidelity Federal Savings, a prominent position in the local business scene. Doug joined his father on the Board of Directors for four years learning valuable skills and building valuable relationships. Betty was an active volunteer at St. Vincent’s Hospital in downtown LA, and Doug attended many fundraising events at her side. He and Margie also stayed close as adults, continuing to be each other’s confidant and moral support through everything.
Doug was a creature of habit and seized good things when he found them. He built many friendships through his dealings in the funeral car business. From the mechanic to the body shop to the upholstery guy, Doug was a tough customer that exacted excellence but also gave staunch loyalty in return.
He wasn’t much for cooking and preferred eating out every day. His favorite spots included Foxy’s and the Cheesecake Factory, where he also developed bonds and close friendships with the staff. That is when he wasn’t poking fun at them or raising hell!
Doug was outgoing, caring and was always drawn to helping others when he could. He was known for showering those he loved with lavish gifts and he took tremendous pride in his ability to bring joy to others. His generous and caring spirit drew people in, and he lived a life surrounded by love from many.
Doug lived full-heartedly, often coming across as eccentric. He was a free spirit who didn’t care what others thought about his love for unusual things – which included things such as a 100-gallon tropical fish tank filled with piranhas and the pocket watches that he always wore. His obsession with cigars which later turned into an obsession for unique pipes and rare tobacco. His delight for Franklin Mint model cars. His Gucci shoe collection, tweed jackets, and large collection of fedoras.
Doug Scott was a remarkable man who will not be forgotten, and the legacy he built will continue to live on through the lives that he touched in his nearly 74 years on this planet. His work on earth is done and he now watches over us.