By Michael James Smith
Scott Slaughter Smith “Scotty” was born on March 9, 1926, in San Francisco, Calif. Scott was a courageous United States Marine who spent three years in a foxhole in the Pacific during WWII fighting for his country. He fought at the battles of Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, and Okinawa. He earned the Bronze Star for his bravery, the Purple Heart for his wounds, and many other medals and awards for his sacrifice and service.
His most fierce battle was his last. He fought gallantly but lost his battle with Alzheimer’s on March 31, 2012. Scott was proud that he spent most of his life in various forms of Law Enforcement. He had many roles in his life: Las Vegas Deputy Sheriff, Investigator, Business Owner, and Author, just to name a few. He wrote and published Unspoken Bond of Courage. This was his book about his time as a young man in the United States Marine Corps during WWII. He also was a loyal employee of Warner Bros. Pictures for over 27 years.
But the role he cherished the most was that of loving husband for over 65 years to his beautiful wife Kathleen. They were married in 1946 at Oakland, Calif. Scott was a longtime resident of Burbank and the Toluca Lake area. He was a sixth generation Californian. His ancestors were among the families that founded California in 1769. The Slaughter side of the family landed in Jamestown, Va., in 1616 and were among the founding families of Virginia and the United States.
One of his great grandfathers is known as the father of Las Vegas, Octavius Decatur Gass; his property encompassed the entire area and he named it Rancho Las Vegas in 1865.
Scott was a God-fearing man who was very proud of his heritage, his Country, and the fact that he was a United States Marine. Patriotism ran deep in his heart. Scott was a strong, proud man that carried himself with pride and dignity his entire life. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. We mourn the life of this man and send him to his Lord.
Scott leaves behind his wife Kathleen of Palmdale, his children Michael James of Burbank, Stephen Christopher of New York, Mark Patrick of Palmdale, Claudia Edens of Palmdale, and Linda Susan Eguia of Palmdale. He had five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. In loving memory rest in peace. His family will hold a private service.