James Robert Scott
1930 - 2010
James Robert Scott, known as Jay most of his life, passed away Oct. 1, 2010 at his home in Payson. He was born Jan. 5, 1930 in Marble Rock, Iowa. His father died when he was just 9, leaving his mother to raise James and his two older brothers and two older sisters.
After suffering from polio at the age of 18, he made a decision to regain his agility. After a year studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. Scott traveled to New York City where he lived for four years in his early 20s, pursuing his love of art and music.
His art, realized through work as a commercial sculptor, supported his dancing in the Erick Hawkins Dance Company (Hawkins was the husband of noted dancer and choreographer Martha Graham).
After four years in New York City, he followed his mother and sister to Phoenix, where he made a career for himself as a commercial artist and in interior design.
He retired in 1985 with post-polio syndrome.
He married at the age of 46 and had no children of his own. He came to Payson in 1990.
Mr. Scott is survived by his wife, Carolyn; four nephews and four nieces and their families.
His life in Payson was a joy for him. He volunteered as an exercise teacher at Manzanita Manor (now Rim Country Health & Retirement Community), the Senior Circle and Majestic Rim senior apartments. His students were a special part of his life and he was quick to praise their efforts in spite of the many ailments.
He was also active in a barbershop quartet, the Payson Choral Society and the Payson Community Orchestra.