• Bradbury Memorial Center Staff

Dana Sheridan Scott

Updated: Feb 9

October 9, 1933 to February 6, 2021

Dana Sheridan Scott, 87, passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Dana was born on October 9, 1933, in Wilmington, California, to parents Homer Forrest Scott and Jewell Slaton. Dana is a U.S. Army Air Force veteran.

Dana married Shirley Inez (Campbell) Scott on December 7, 1963, in Long Beach, California. The couple chose the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day so they would always remember their anniversary. They have renewed their vows every 10 years along the way.

Dana and Shirley traveled and explored the entire length of Interstate 40 over the years, all the way to Wilmington, North Carolina. The couple also ventured to 18 of the U.S. states including South Dakota and Hawaii, and the neighboring countries of Canada and Mexico.

While living in California, Dana portrayed Santa Claus for Head Start to the delight of countless children over the course of 13 years. For two of those years, Dana donned his Santa Claus gear and rode a fire engine into schools in that area. The couple moved to Havasu in April 2014 and Dana also portrayed Santa one year in Havasu at the city’s Aquatic Center.

Dana is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Shirley, and their four children Dan, Elaine, Brandy, and James. Dana is survived by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Dana also is survived by three family pets including Sasha, Zeus, and an outside desert tortoise whose knowledge of how to use the doggie door would lead to a good game of hide-and-seek within the Scott’s Havasu home.

Dana was preceded in death by his first daughter, Sherry, in California; his parents Homer and Jewell, and each of his older siblings Martha, Burt, and Larry.