Scott Alan Lemke passed away peacefully in his home in Ogden, Utah on August 14, 2022 at the age of 64. He spent his last few days doing what he loved, spending time with his family and going fishing.
He was born to Dale Robert Lemke and Lonna Mae Hanson on September 7, 1957 in Huron, South Dakota. Scott grew up moving around the country with his parents and his younger sister, Jolene Heising. Each summer and Christmas saw the family loaded up in the old station wagon to visit relatives in South Dakota and North Dakota. His kind, sweet, and loving demeanor helped him to make friends and serve wherever he was.
Scott had an affinity for music and the arts in many forms. He never turned down an opportunity to participate in music. The Sunday morning alarm clock of the Lemke home was often Scott’s enthusiastic practice for the church choir. A jazz music fan, he played an array of instruments including the bass, flute, and saxophone. He began his college career as a music major and eventually transitioned to the Air Force. The love he had for music never faded and he enjoyed taking any opportunity to play for local congregations throughout his service.
For a significant portion of his four-year Air Force service, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. This ended up being his most memorable time in the Air Force and he often talked about his love of the food, culture, and his adventures biking through Japan. The Air Force opened doors to many things, including training for his career in electronics engineering. Eventually, his time in the Air Force brought him to Hill Air Force Base in Clearfield, Utah—the place that became his home.
At the age of 27, Scott became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Shortly thereafter, he met his sweetheart, Liz Martin, who attended his local church congregation. It was love at first sight as they were engaged within a month and married within 6 months of meeting each other. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple on July 17, 1986. They went on to have four daughters who were the love and focus of Scott’s life. Being the only boy in the house, he always joked that he was very outnumbered. However, in the years to come as each new spouse and partner was added to the family, he finally gained buddies that could “talk shop” about computers, sci-fi, and gadgets. It was unheard of to leave his house without "this cool thing" from Staples, enough soda and candy for a week, and a giant hug.
Scott had many pastimes and hobbies. It was common to find him out tinkering in his garage fixing up computers at all hours of the day. He loved his career and was one of the most hard-working and intelligent people you could find. Fishing was one of his favorite hobbies and he enjoyed sharing memories of how he grew up learning the tricks of the trade from his parents. He adored grandkids and grand-dogs alike and spoiled them to no end. He always wanted to be their favorite and he definitely was.
Scott was a loving husband, doting dad, goofy grandpa, and loyal friend. His love language was gift-giving and acts of service. He always made note of your favorite treats and interests and would shower you with gifts related to them for years to come. He was often helping a neighbor with a computer project, lending “just the right” tool, or being a listening ear. Scott was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he emulated this with every action. He often shared his testimony and love of his Heavenly Father. Negative and unkind words were never part of his vocabulary as he spoke highly of everyone he knew. To know Scott was to know that you were loved.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Marie Martin; his children, Clarissa (Kolby) Clarke, Adriana (Marc Nielson, Abbie Drage) Lemke, Kylee (Jacob) Johnson, and Shaleene (Matthew “Chaz”) Palkki; grandkids, Thomas and Alice Clarke; sister, Jolene (David Lawrenz) Heising; and many nieces, nephews, and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale Robert Lemke and Lonna Mae Hanson and brother-in-law, Brent Curtis Martin.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 22, 2022 at Lindquist’s Roy Mortuary, 3333 West 5600 South. The family will meet with friends Sunday, August 21st from 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Services will be livestreamed by scrolling to the bottom of the obituary page at lindquistmortuary.com.
Interment, Syracuse City Cemetery.
Flowers are welcome and appreciated by the family but due to the unexpected passing of Scott, the family is also happy to accept assistance with funeral costs by sending donations via Venmo to @Elizabeth-Lemke-7.