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Scott McKibben

Scott William McKibben died on March 5, 2021 after a year-long fight with colon cancer.  He was 42 years old.  Anyone who knew Scott, no matter how long, loved him. He had an infectious laugh and a light-hearted spirit that he shared with everyone.

Scott was born December 3, 1978 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the first child of Bill and Betty McKibben. He spent his childhood and early adulthood in the neighborhood of Morningside. Scott met his wife, Heather, in 1999 when they were undergraduates in college, and they were married in June 2004.

Scott graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Electrical Engineering. While developing his career as an electrical engineer, he also earned a Masters in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.  Career paths moved Scott and Heather to Davis, California in 2009.  Scott loved his work, and spent his last years at Northrop Grumman where he held much excitement about his career and future.

Scott was an avid fisherman and woodworker. He brightened numerous lives with the beautiful cutting boards and furniture pieces he made in the wood shop in his garage, and enjoyed many a salmon- or trout-fishing outing with his friends and family.  He enjoyed kickboxing in the early mornings, going to rock concerts, cooking and grilling, and traveling the world. When not traveling, he was thinking about and planning the next trip. Some of his favorite memories were from Peru – especially hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Heather.

Scott was preceded in death by his father Bill, and is survived by his wife Heather, mother Betty, brothers Jeff (Leeanna) and Pat (Ashton), niece Charlotte, and nephews Billy and Teddy. Family was extremely important to Scott, and he strove to be the best he could be in all his family roles. He was a loving, devoted, and supportive husband, a kind and caring son, a helping older brother who always had a joke, and a doting uncle.  His concern was always for others, and he wanted to take care of and help everyone.

A memorial service is being planned and will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Scott wished that you please make donations to a cancer research organization or charity of your choice.

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Happy Birthday Scott. I miss you.

Brian Carmichael Dec 3 2021 12:00 AM

Not sure how many people still follow this page, but I wanted to drop in and share that I (and many others) still think about Scott. It still sucks that he is gone. We miss him. We hope Heather is doing OK. If you ever need to talk, we're here for you.

Brian Carmichael Sep 6 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry for the family. I worked with both Scott and his dad Bill at Brashear and enjoyed it immensely. My thoughts and prayers for the family

Cindy Racioppo Mar 26 2021 12:00 AM

I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to work with Scott for several years at Verifone. One of the smartest engineers I ever had the pleasure of working with and, above all, one of the kindest and funniest people I ever worked with. My sincere sympathies to his family - please know that he made an impact on everyone he came in contact with.

Erik Vlugt Mar 12 2021 12:00 AM

To Heather and Scott's family, Our sincere sympathies toyour family and friends. Scotts smile and positive attitude made it a pleasure to know and work withhim. God Bless and comfort you all at this very sad time of loss. Sandy Hanson and family.

Sandy Hanson Mar 11 2021 12:00 AM

To lose someone you love and admire so much, is the worst feeling. Scott McKibben was the most amazing brother-in-law I could ever wish for.Scott was always a person I called when I needed help with home repair, or a computer issue, or just some damn good advice. The knowledge and wisdom this man brought into my life is something I will cherish forever.His humor, wit and laugh were always so entertaining - no one could forget that laugh, nor ignore it, cuz it was so loud. nor will I ever forget that strange seal noise "Aarrgh" he would do, just to mess with you or make you feel like an ass. Or that he is the only person I know who can make chopping onions while wearing swim goggles, look cool. The best thing about Scott was how he could make my sister, Heather Elko McKibben and my girls, Chloe and Jocelyn smile and laugh all the time - even when they try to be grumpy. He would always make time to play with the girls at home or take them to the park, make cookies, read, and helped to guide them to be the best person they can be..I will always think of the fun voices he would use when playing games with us, like Stuffed Fables, or how badass he was at Mario Party, or the snort laughs at sibling nights playing Cards Against Humanity. Scott had the ability to make any activity, event or adventure an awesome one.I love and miss you so much Scott. Hope your new journey is as wonderful as you are.I promise to continue to go on the scariest roller coasters, and even if no one else will join me, I know you will be there, riding by my side.You will be forever loved and missed.'Til we meet again... *Squeezing hugs*

Clairebear Mar 10 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Heather, Facebook has allowed me to share just a little of your adult life and get glimpses of Scott, glimpses which made me wish I knew him. Even on that limited platform, the happiness of your union showed, and warmed me. Such marriage success is beyond special, and rare. I am heavy with sorry for you now, at this terrible loss of Scott. I send all my sympathy to you, Heather, and wish you strength and love. Francie

Francia Mann Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM

Please accept our heartfelt condolences... Scott was a wonderful person and such a joy to be around. I remember his "giggles"! Although we didn't know each other a long time, the time we did have together was just "Joy", and we talked about food a lot!! Hugs to everyone who knew him and know he's watching over all of us now...

Mary Huther Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM

Im shocked and saddened to hear about Scotts passing. My fondest memory of Scott was fly-fishing at the Trinity River. That weekend Scott was catching all the fish. When I looked at his rig he had split shot down by the hook and I was like WTF! I guess it worked. Im going to name that rig the McKibben and give it a try the next time Im at the Trinity. RIP

Gerry Bezenek Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM

I have known Scott since he started at Verifone prior coming to Norhtrop. He and I had worked on many projects at both Verifone and Northrop. He and I shared many conversations while we both traveled to Taiwan for business years ago but what I remember the most is his lovefor diet Coke in the morning.RIP bud.

Huy Do Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM

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