Scott Turner, 54

Scott Turner 54, of Spearfish, SD formerly of Winner, SD passed away unexpectedly; at his home after a brief illness on Dec. 19, 2017.

A memorial service was held Thursday 12.28.17 @ 12:00 p.m., at the Parish Hall at All Angels Episcopal Church at 1044 N. 5th St., Spearfish, SD. In lieu of attendance, cards can be sent to the family at 320 W. Rushmore St., Spearfish, SD 57783
Scott was born 7/11/1963 in Denver, CO and met his lifelong companion Tami in Denver July of 1982, and from that moment, in good times & bad in sickness & in health, they stuck through it. In December 1987, the oldest of three children was born, Matteo Turner of Dallas, TX., then in 1989 on what was a shared birthday Jeremy Turner of Spearfish, SD was born; both boys were born in the Palm Springs Hospital, in Palm Springs, Calif. The family moved to Colorado for a short time in 1990, and then relocated to Winner in 1991. It was here that his daughter Jaimie Turner, of Spearfish, SD was born in May of 1993. The family remained in Winner until 2006, when the family relocated once more, enabling Tami to complete her bachelor degree.
It was shortly after their arrival in Spearfish when Scott was diagnosed with kidney failure while working for Ainsworth & Benning, and would subsequently (while on dialysis) enter college; a lifelong dream. He graduated in 2012 and received a bachelor of science in environmental physical science; a grueling course, which included physics and advanced math, including trigonometry & calculus – graduating with cum laude honors, and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi; creating overall one of his proudest personal achievements.

Scott loved reading to the kids when they were younger, and every night was story time; with rounds of house hockey, Nintendo’s Mickey Mouse Magical Quest or Starfox. Not gonna lie, he had some demons and baggage that disrupted the family at times, but through it all he loved his children greatly, and there are many happy memories we can all recall.

Scott had been involved in the arts creating sand-castings & paper-castings early in his working career, then moved on to industrial plastic artworks, in California. In South Dakota, he found work as a cabinet maker, pheasant guide, concrete finisher, and in property management maintenance. He worked hard, and applied all his knowledge to any job presented. He was an excellent carpenter, and could fix/repair most anything to look new. He took pride in all his work. Whatever Scott would undertake he gave his all.

Scott will be remembered for his willingness to help others, at the drop of a hat; who loved Christmas & would routinely help put up neighbor’s lights in the spirit of Christmas, or shoveling snow. He also will be remembered for his love of gold mining. A demanding & physically challenging hobby, but he loved the serenity & beauty of the Black Hills.

He is survived by his wife Tami (Hurlbert) Turner, 3 children, Matteo (30)& Kandace Ritter of Dallas, TX, Jeremy Turner (28), Jaimie Turner (24), both of Spearfish, SD, a brother Dean Turner Denver, CO. His presence and energy will be lovingly but, profoundly missed.


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