Richard (Scott) Westwood

May 9, 1955 - April 25, 2020

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Scott passed away at his home on April 25, two weeks before his 65th birthday. He was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho to Richard and Helen Westwood. After finishing high school in Moscow, he attended the University of Idaho in his hometown. Having developed a love of golf early in life, something his father passed down to him, he worked on the greens crew at the U of I Golf Course and eventually knew he wanted to make it his career. His parents preferred the English major he was pursuing (more practical than his archaeology dream) but golf it was to be.

In 1984 Scott was hired at Kitsap Golf and Country Club in Bremerton and soon became the superintendent there. A year later his future wife, Cindy, came onto the crew. The two began dating within a year or so even though Scott had reservations about dating an employee - she asked him out first. They married in 1988, bought a house at Lake Tahuya and began a family. After 12 years at Kitsap, Scott was offered an opportunity to take over the newly expanded Chevy Chase Golf Resort in Port Townsend. Despite the many challenges of maintaining a 75-year-old golf course, life at Chevy was an idyllic one. The couple worked at the course together but found time to enjoy, with their two young kids, life at a beautiful resort on Discovery Bay.

Scott’s type one diabetes, diagnosed at age 12, had become problematic and in 2002 the family left Chevy and he began facing the reality of early kidney failure. Scott chose eventually, with the urging of his nephrologist, Dr. Fred Albrecht, to whom we will be forever grateful, to go on the kidney/pancreas transplant list. In 2012, Scott had a successful double transplant and was diabetes-free for the first time in many years and eager to enjoy life again.

Along with a golf and sightseeing trip to Ireland before their marriage, a couple of trips to Mexico with their kids, a bucket list trip to the Grand Canyon and many road trips to visit old friends in Moscow, the couple had the dream vacation of lifetime in the fall of 2018 with a trip to Croatia and Slovenia. This was Cindy’s idea but Scott was soon on board. More trips were planned, but we will always have Croatia.

Scott loved reading, cooking and his pets, and together the couple enjoyed traveling the back roads of Washington and Idaho. The goal was to find a small town that had both a nice little nine-hole golf course and an antique shop or two. Over the last few years, Scott developed a hobby into an exceptional talent making vintage lamps. He sold many of his lamps through their artist program at the store that supplied most of his recycled lamp parts, Around Again in Sequim.

Scott was able to enjoy giving his daughter away at her wedding to her high school sweetheart last summer - one of the best days of all our lives. Most of all, Scott was a loving, supportive father and husband who we will terribly miss.

Scott is survived by his wife of 32 years, Cindy, of Port Hadlock, their two children, Torrin Westwood of Seattle and Teagan Eldridge (Chance) of Everett, his sister Judy Dresser of Gig Harbor, niece Diana Daniels and her children Kevin and Kendall Daniels, of the Phoenix area, cousins Rick and David Gillespie and Aunt Lucille all of north King County. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Helen Westwood.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., the National Kidney Foundation, or the Humane Society.

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