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Scott McKibben

December 3, 1978 — March 5, 2021

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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