Gerald Scott Lund
1967 ~ 2013

Gerald Scott Lund, known to his family as "Jerry" and to most others as "Scott," was born on May 6, 1967 to Jerry and Lynn Lund in Provo, Utah. He graduated from Viewmont High School in 1985 and served an LDS mission in Venezuela. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1999 with a major in Communications, and worked as a Head Start administrator for several years. He spent the last several years volunteering at a literacy center teaching children how to read.

He married his best friend, Debbie Wesemannin 1991. Although they were only married one year, he always adored her and was thrilled to reconnect with her recently on Facebook. He has lived in many places including Colorado, California and Oregon, but returned in 2004 to Utah to be near his family. He resided in Highland until his death. His life was filled with many adventures and challenges. He had recently been suffering from a seizure disorder and, despite aggressive testing and treatment, he died as a result of a grand mal seizure in his home on June 7, 2013. He is survived by his parents, 6 siblings and their spouses, 29 nieces and nephews, and his dog, Ebo.

Since Jerry was a little boy, he was very tender-hearted, especially when it came to animals. Throughout his childhood and teenage years, he brought home a variety of animals including dogs, snakes, and rodents without getting parental approval. With 6 other siblings and 2 non animal-loving parents, he could have come home drunk and been in less trouble than bringing home a pet -- but he persisted and his parents gave in. The following note is one example which shows both his passion as well as his persuasive abilities. (We left his original spelling)

"Mom and Dad.

The only reason that your doing this is because you think that you have to be firm with us kids. That’s true, but there is no reason that I can’t have a gerbil. How could I neglect those precious things? 1) You say that gerbils are dirty and spread disease. Gerbils are probably cleaner than you. Do you wash your hands every time before you eat? They do. And I always clean there cage – 2 times a week. If you want me to do it more, (like once a day?) I will. Disease - 3 weeks after a gerbil is born, they give him shots to protect him from disease such as typhoid (a water disease) and the plague. It is a U.S law for a pet store if they sell such small animals. 2) There is no way that clothes can get to a gerbils cage. 3) If you don’t like them in that box I can easily get them another box (beside, Matt doesn’t even need that. I’ll put the toys in a box.) They’re fun to watch. All the kids can watch the gerbils grow. There interesting to watch. Mom and Dad, they are God’s creatures just like you and me. We were fortuneate to be born humans. The gerbils didn’t get it so easy. PLEASE give them a chance. (and me.)

Love, Jerry"

The gerbils stayed.

There always seemed to be some sort of drama around Jerry’s pets. When his baby sister Becky came home from the hospital, some earlier gerbils had escaped from their cage and were found in the couch with a nest of babies. Once when his sister Cyndie put on her shoe, the subsequent blood-curdling scream let Jerry know that his lost snake had been found. When he was a teenager, he saw a dead cat on the side of the road and made his sister, Julie, stop so he could cry for the cat. On his mission, Jerry found an Iguana that he brought home and named Sofia. One day, Sofia went missing and he asked his Latino companion if he had seen her. The companion confessed that Sofia was their dinner the night before. In recent years, Jerry would go through the pet listings on KSL.com at least 3-4 times a week and tried to convince the family that he needed to adopt various dogs with special needs or who were desperate for a home. With all of his heart, Jerry loved Twinkie, Babe, Nikita, Jake, Kracker, Leisel, Rocky and Ebo and countless other pets and animals. We imagine that he was at the bottom of a dog pile the moment he passed to the other side.

Anyone who knew Jerry also knew his passion for music. He loved to sing and play the piano. In high school he was heavily involved in Madrigals and musical theater. He had a diverse taste in music and was a creative mix-master, often blending classical music with modern songs and sounds. He was a member of the Salt Lake Men’s Chorus and loved his association with that choir as well as to connect with the music that was always a part of his soul.

Jerry is well known for having a quirky, off-center sense of humor. When he was in 9th grade, he and his best friend, Scott Peterson started "The Weekly Weasel" newspaper. They would canvas the neighborhood to collect all the gossip along with money for subscriptions (because we all know how much he loved money!). With articles like "Is your Salami Getting Old Before it’s Time?" "Yoga for the Road," "Dear Gabby," and "The Biggest Thing in Your Mailbox," they had quite the following of subscribers. Jerry loved to laugh and to make others laugh.

Some of Jerry’s others adventures included getting in trouble with the authorities in Venezuela because, unbeknownst to him, the Mission AP’s bought him an illegal visa on the black-market. Despite doing jail time, and nearly dying from parasites in Venezuela, he always talked about how much he loved his mission and the people there. In retrospect, he laughed about the time he went 4-wheeling with Debbie. He thought it would be fun to go through this "small patch of water" until their new red Isuzu Rodeo sunk until it was covered all the way up to the windows with mud and water. There was tanning in the snow, on the roof, or anywhere he could; working as a publicist with Arnold Schwarzenegger on the movie, "True Lies;" watching reality TV and the news obsessively; being friended by Betty White on Facebook; receiving his EMT training; adopting Rocky from a construction site; walking out of the movie theater because he was upset when Barbara Streisand cut her hair short in the movie, "Yentl;" holding a sting ray; loving African décor, drooling over Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s; learning Spanish and teaching English, and many other adventures in his life.

Jerry also loved nature, especially being in the mountains and living in Oregon. He always celebrated his birthday by having a big barbeque up American Fork Canyon with all his "Living in Utah" family. More than anything, Jerry loved his friends and his family. He had many life-long and new friends that he was very close to. He also loved to spend time with his nieces and nephews and was always teasing them and joining them in their adventures. He and his 10-year-old nephews, Gregory and Curtis, were always playing practical jokes on each other. A few days before he died he bought each of them a T-Shirt. When his sister’s husband was traveling to China and he knew that she was maxed out, he would often show up with frozen lasagna and cookies for her family.

Jerry always said that his best friend was his brother, Steve, but it wasn’t always that way. They fought throughout most of their growing up years. A few months after Jerry went on his mission he sent the family a letter from Venezuela. "I’m so sorry I’ve been such a snot. And just to prove it…Steve, if you go into the game closet, on the top shelf in the game, "Celestial Pursuits" you’ll find your Ralph Lauren Polo cologne that I took. So sorry". Once when their older sister Julie was babysitting, Jerry and Steve were fighting to the point of Jerry grabbing a butcher knife. Julie later slyly admitted that she faked good cry to get them to stop – and it worked. The brothers have continued their bond by constantly playing practical jokes on each other throughout their adulthood. They spent many hours each day together and Jerry was an integral member of Steve’s family. Through all of Jerry’s hard times, Steve was there loving and supporting, but mostly laughing with Jerry.

Jerry also told his Mom and Dad several weeks before he passed away that they were also his best friends. He went to countless movies, dinners, family events, and road trips with them. Going to see Phantom of the Opera in Las Vegas for his birthday last year was certainly a highlight. Jerry was proud of the fact that, after many years of struggling with addictions and other medical difficulties, he was able to conquer them. He often acknowledged that the unconditional love of his parents and family was how he got through those times of turmoil. His family is very proud of the way that Jerry fought to turn his life in a positive direction. They feel very blessed that his last years were some of his happiest and spent with them.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Highland 31st LDS Ward Chapel located at 11162 North, Alpine Highway, Highland, Utah. Family and friends may call Tuesday morning from 10:00-10:30 am prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Highland City Cemetery.

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