From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Stephen Scott '77

Date of birth: September 28, 1954

Date of death: February 13, 1980

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1977 Lucky Bag:


From A-4 Skyhawk:

1st Lt. Steve Scott perished in a takeoff accident in TA-4J BuNo 155101at MCAS Yuma, AZ.


Yuma (AP) -- The California pilot of a Navy jet trainer carrying live ordnance was killed when his plane plunged into a line of parked aircraft shortly after takeoff at the Marine Corps Air Station here and burst into flames, authorities said.

Officials Wednesday identified the pilot as Marine 1st Lt. STEVE SCOTT, 25, Daley City, Calif. Marine Maj. Dan Dorn said the A-4 Skyhawk was assigned to VT-25 Squadron based at the Navy Air Station in Beeville, Texas.

He said cause of the crash was undetermined but apparently involved "mechanical failure of some kind" following takeoff. Witnesses said the aircraft appeared to lose power just before it plummeted into the parked planes. Dorn also said some of the Navy jet's ordinance exploded during the crash.

The two planes into which the Navy jet plunged, also A-4 Skyhawks from the Beeville base, were destroyed. Dorn estimated the loss at $3 million.

Casa Grande Dispatch Arizona 1980-02-14

From the April 1980 issue of Shipmate:

1st Lt. Stephen Dennis Scott USMC was killed in an ahcraft accident at Yuma, Arizona, on 13 February 1980. Mass of Chnstian Burial was celebrated at the Holy Angels Church in San Francisco on 19 February, with interment in the Golden Gate National Cemetery.

Appointed to the Naval Academy after having attended the preparatory school, he was graduated with the Class of 1977 and accepted his commission in the Marine Corps. At the Academy he was known as a quiet, confident, well-liked midshipman.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Denzil G. Scott of Daly City, California; and three brothers and three sisters.

His grave marker at Golden Gate National Cemetery.

Memorial Award

From Junipero Serra HS:

The Stephen Scott Award is presented to a member of the varsity football team who through dedication, commitment and role modeling has served as an Inspirational player to his teammates and coaches. The award is selected by the football coaching staff and is given only in years when there is a worthy recipient.

Class of 1977

Stephen is one of 16 members of the Class of 1977 on Virtual Memorial Hall.