LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. - Staff Sgt. Scott Allen McElwain, 45, of Widgeon Drive, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., passed away suddenly Saturday (March 23, 2013) at home.
He was born Jan. 1, 1968, in Jamestown, the son of Samuel and Connie Spence McElwain of Randolph.
Scott was a 1986 graduate of Randolph Central School, and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force entering on Jan. 12, 1988, specializing in tactical air control and based at Homestead AFB while assigned to a unit to fight the war on drugs that was commissioned by President Ronald Reagan. Following Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990, Scott was deployed on a highly classified post attempting to stop Iraq from invading Saudi Arabia, thus beginning Operation Desert Storm, where he was assigned to detect Iraqi aircraft and assist in directing missile impacts to destroy them.
Staff Sgt. Scott Allen McElwain
Following Desert Storm, he was assigned to David-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Ariz., where he met, fell in love with and married his wife, Denise. He was later transferred in 1995 to the Cheyenne Mountain AFB in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he was involved with the signal intelligence department.
In 1998, Scott was offered a civilian position with Northrup Gruman as a civil engineer in Amherst, N.Y., later moving to Midland, Texas, after 10 years of service with the company, at which time he became 100 percent disabled from the symptoms of sickness and disease he received following his time in Desert Storm, while proudly serving his country. Many of his fellow soldiers of Desert Storm have become sick or have since died, all at an early age. In a recent interview, Scott was quoted as saying "Knowing what I know, seeing what I've seen and going where I've gone, I would still do it all over again."
Scott enjoyed a passion for hunting that took him many places that included his favorite hunting party, his father, Sam and son, Chace. He also once hunted with Ted Nugent in Texas. He attended Sunday school at the East Randolph United Methodist Church in his youth and was a member of the Randolph American Legion Post 181 and the Lake Havasu City Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his parents Sam and Connie McElwain of Randolph; wife, Denise Campbell, whom he married Jan. 22, 1993, in Las Vegas, and two children: Chace and Bailey McElwain all of Lake Havasu City; a sister, Lisa Burris and her children; Casey and Johnathan Burris and grandmother Hazel Spence, all of Randolph, N.Y.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. (next Saturday) April 6, 2013, in the East Randolph United Methodist Church. The Rev. Rene Adams, pastor of the Napoli United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Randolph Cemetery, Randolph, N.Y. Military honors will be conducted by members of the Randolph American Legion Post 181.
Arrangements are entrusted to the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph. To leave a condolence, log onto www.vanrensselaerandsonfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be sent to the Freedom Bridge Foundation, 314 London Bridge Road, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403. 877-202-8215.