Vail Daily obituary: Scott Joseph Lamothe
Scott Joseph Lamothe (Scotty, as his family and friends knew him) was an avid and talented golfer with a passion for sports. He grew up in Highlands Ranch and attended college in Arizona before making his way to Vail. He was a kind and gentle spirit, one who never criticized others. But Scotty also suffered deep inside, something many people did not know about him. He was plagued by depression and addiction, both of which led him to taking his own life on Dec. 25. After a 14-year battle, he could no longer take the pain and suffering that he endured on a daily basis. Scotty’s family and friends tried everything they could to help him overcome the sadness and hopelessness he felt.
Scotty’s family anticipated this tragedy for a long time, as Scotty had truly struggled in this world. But the love, the stories and the compassion from the Vail and Highlands Ranch communities have shown how deeply Scotty was loved by everyone. His family wants Scotty to be remembered as a passionate and talented person whom everyone loved. He enjoyed watching a good sports event, the Broncos specifically, and he could always be found playing with his favorite dogs in the afternoons. In the summer, there was no doubt that you would find him on the golf course, making a friendly bet with his golf friends and most of the time walking away a with a grin on his face and their money in his pocket.
Scotty will be dearly missed, and it is now the Lamothe family’s passion to make sure others do not suffer the way Scotty did. They want to bring awareness to mental illness and suicide prevention. Speak Up Reach Out, the suicide prevention coalition of the Eagle Valley, an organization that Scotty’s sister Corey co-established in 2009, after not being able help her brother with his terrible illness, is an organization that has become a cause near and dear to Corey and her family. Although Scotty could never overcome his personal challenges, they hope that others will utilize the resources that Speak Up Reach Out provides. To learn more about Speak Up Reach Out, please visit http://www.SpeakUpReachOut.org.
A celebration of Scotty’s life will take place Tuesday from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Vail Golf Club. The family looks forward to meeting those who Scotty touched but also wants to extend the invite to those affected by suicide. They no longer want others to suffer from the silence and stigma surrounding this incredibly devastating disease. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests donations be made to Speak Up Reach Out in Scotty’s name.