Dr. Scott Harrison West, 67, passed away on February 16, 2022 after a brief illness during which he fought valiantly to stay with us.
On December 12, 1954 Scott was born in Salt Lake City to Sally Harrison West and Vern West. He was the middle child, sandwiched between his elder sister Laurie West and younger sister Tracy West Fronimakis. His parents divorced when he was very young, and their mother Sally raised her young family by herself, often times working two jobs to make ends meet. She was so very proud of Scott and he loved her dearly. He and his sisters remained close throughout their lives. Scott met his three half-brothers later in life; Dave and Don West and Dan Colgan. Scott grew up in the Rose Park area of Salt Lake City and attended West High where he graduated with honors, a Sterling Scholarship in mathematics and the Valedictorian of the class of 1972. He loved high school sports, his buddies, a diversity of clubs and excelled at his studies while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
Scott’s education continued at the University of Utah where he completed his undergraduate degree in psychology in only three years. He then entered the University of Utah School of Medicine and graduated with his MD degree in 1979. His educational journey led to successful completion of residency training in Internal Medicine at UC Davis, Sacramento. This was followed by fellowship training in Cardiology back at the University of Utah School of Medicine. For a time he thought he wanted to be a pediatrician but chose Internal Medicine, saying “I’ll be helping the bigger kids”.
Scott married the love of his life, Theresa ‘Tey’ Manas Lemos on November 27, 1982 in the Provo LDS Temple. Married for over 39 years, theirs was a storybook life of love and laughter. Tey was an RN at UC Davis Medical Center where they met. Tey was a recent convert to the LDS church when she decided to invite this wonderful LDS doctor to lunch. The rest is history. They were married one year later and enjoyed their storybook life together, happily ever after.
They moved back to Sacramento after completing his fellowship and Scott began his private practice as an Interventional Cardiologist. During the eight years they were in Sacramento they adopted at birth the most beautiful children imaginable, Alexander and Erika. The children were sheer joy and love. Scott was over the moon to be a dad and he was a phenomenal father. When it came time to decide on where they wanted to raise their children they chose Bountiful, Utah. A decision they never regretted.
Dr. West joined Utah Cardiology in 1992. Throughout the past 30 years Scott has shared his passion for medicine and life through a profound love, compassion and integrity for all his patients and colleagues. The lens through which Scott saw his life’s journey was uncompromised, he shared this beautiful journey with all who knew him. It was a life’s journey of love, empathy, charity, humor, respect, compassion, integrity and faith.
Scott was a “man for all seasons”, but his favorite season was undoubtedly the University of Utah football season. He was a Crimson Club member and season ticket holder for decades. He especially enjoyed football games with his family and friends. Scott was also a golf enthusiast and especially loved golfing with Tey. Annual golfing trips to Sedona, Puerto Vallarta and Carlsbad were always great fun for him. His love of travel took him across the globe to experience the beautiful diversity of cultures, foods and people. Scott and Tey traveled to Spain, Argentina, Panama, Mallorca, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, Norway, England, Finland, Germany, Canada, Portugal, Mexico and Scotland to name a few. Luss on Loch Lomond in Scotland was his clan seat. He especially loved Spain, returning many times and considered himself “Spain‘s adopted son”.
For years, Scott said he had GDD, a condition he described as Grandparent Deficit Disorder. That changed July 10, 2021 when his beautiful daughter Erika gave him a grandson, a magical little boy she named Jones West. He had finally realized his dream of becoming a grandfather and he was filled with indescribable love, joy and gratitude. Scott had always been the greatest father to his children Alex and Erika. He celebrated and cherished each of them and was grateful for the lessons they taught him over his 35 years of fatherhood. Scott was very happy for Erika when she married Brittanie Hughes on May 19, 2018. He loved and embraced Brittanie as a daughter.
Words are inadequate to describe the profound effect he had on all who were fortunate enough to cross his path. Scott loved and served humanity without condition because that’s who he was, that was his essence. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Scott left us all with beautiful memories and exemplary life lessons. Tey told everyone…“Scott was the greatest man I have ever known, a rare jewel in the crown of humanity.” Scott will continue to be that beautiful and bright Beacon of Light for us all as we make room in our hearts and minds to ‘Dream a New Dream’.
The Celebration of Life Memorial for Dr. Scott West will be held at 7pm Sunday, March 20, 2022 at the CenterPoint Legacy Theatre in Centerville Utah.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Dr West by donating to one of his favorite charities.
Safe Habor Womens Shelter
Bountiful Food Pantry
Ronald McDonald House
CenterPoint Legacy Theatre
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.lindquistmortuary.com