Suggest Edits
 Jean <I>Sexsmith Taylor</I> Scott

Photo added by Ryan D. Curtis

Jean Sexsmith Taylor Scott

  • Birth 16 Sep 1937 Minden, Douglas County, Nevada, USA
  • Death 25 May 2010 Alpine, Utah County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Highland, Utah County, Utah, USA
  • Memorial ID 53042537

Jean Taylor Scott passed peacefully into the next life on May 25, 2010 after a valiant battle with cancer.

Jean grew up in Minden and Las Vegas, Nevada with her sisters Barbara and Donna, whom she adored and looked up to throughout her life. After graduating from Las Vegas High School, Jean attended Brigham Young University where she met and married Sam Taylor, Jr. in 1959. Jean and Sam spent a year in New York before settling in Van Nuys, California where they began raising their four young sons. On April 1, 1969, Jean's world was turned upside down when her beloved husband Sam was killed in a car accident.

She earned her master's degree in 1976, moved her family to Highland, Utah and taught English at American Fork High School for eight years. Jean then worked at BYU for fourteen years in various administrative positions within the Office of Student Life. During this time Jean earned her Ph.D. and culminated her service to BYU as the first Coordinator of the university's newly-created Women's Services and Resources Office.

Jean was a lifelong member of the LDS Church, faithfully serving in presidencies and as a teacher. After marrying David Scott in 1995 and retiring from BYU in 1998, Jean continued her life of tireless service to the Lord and her fellowmen by serving with David at the Albert Schweitzer hospital in Haiti, and multiple missions in Nepal and Mexico over a ten year period.

It has been said that "happiness is a choice." Jean made that choice early and exemplified this principle throughout her entire life. The happiness Jean chose was forged in some of the most trying crucibles life has to offer. Her approach to happiness was simple: to see the best in all situations and in all people. Jean's gift was that she raised both the altitude and the trajectory of the lives of those blessed to have known her; her profound impact will be felt forever in countless lives. She is a legend who leaves with us a legacy of devoted service to God and her fellowmen, undaunted perseverance, and the life-altering power of a positive attitude.

Jean was preceded in death by her first husband, Sam Taylor, Jr., her parents, and her granddaughter, Makaela Jean Taylor. She is survived by her second husband, David Scott; her sons and their wives, Sam and Stephanie, Tim and Janet, David and Lori, and Chris and Andrea Taylor; fourteen grandchildren; and her sisters, Barbara (Bill) Taylor and Donna (David) Folkman.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, UT. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Alpine North Stake Center, 1125 East Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, UT. An additional viewing will be held from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral services at the Church.
Interment will be in the Highland City Cemetery in Highland, UT.
Published in the Daily Herald on May 30, 2010.

Family Members

  • Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
  • Added: 30 May 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53042537
  • Barbara Taylor
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jean Sexsmith Taylor Scott (16 Sep 1937–25 May 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53042537, citing Highland City Cemetery, Highland, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Ryan D. Curtis (contributor 46858513) .