Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 4:20 PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Scott Harding


Oct. 12, 1952-Jan. 3, 2012

Homer resident Scott Harding, 59, died Jan. 3, 2012, from complications of multiple myeloma. He was born in Portage, Wis., on Oct. 12, 1952, and moved to Alaska in 1976. He worked at Prudhoe Bay for more than 30 years and sold real estate in Anchorage and Homer for five years. He and his wife, Mary Ann, moved to Homer in 1992. Scott had been receiving cancer treatments on and off since 2007 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He passed peacefully at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.

"His many relatives, friends and coworkers will miss his wonderful smile, the sparkle in his eyes and his unending energy," his family said. "He will be remembered for his kind, accepting, warm and gentle nature. He had a way of making those around him feel better by listening and sharing his optimistic outlook on life.

"His devotion to his wife and best friend, Mary Ann, was boundless, as was his adventurous spirit. Scott did not wait for life to happen, he made life happen."

As an avid outdoorsman and nature enthusiast, he was especially passionate about fishing, boating and spending time on Kachemak Bay. His other hobbies were flying, bird watching, gardening, reading and working on home improvement projects.

Scott is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; his mother, Carol Harding, Portage, Wis.; his siblings Marc (Deb) of Chippewa Falls, Wis., Julie (Joe Kroeninger) of Oregon, Wis., Ann (Jeff Ernst) of Melbourne Beach, Fla., Jeff of Golden, Colo., and Sara of Lincoln, Neb. He also is survived by sister-in-law Pam (Donnie) Howard of Mullin, Texas, and numerous nieces, nephews and great nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his father N.R. (Dick) Harding.

Scott will continue his fight against cancer through the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life events. He is the Honorary Chairman of Team WAKO, the team he devoted much energy and many hours to in his effort to help raise funds to find a cure for cancer. Scott made an anatomical bequest to the Mayo Clinic and donated his body to them to further medical education.

A celebration of Scott's life will be held in Homer in July. Memorial contributions may be sent to Relay for Life of Homer, P.O. Box 1505, Homer AK 99603 or to Seasons Hospice House, 5650 Weatherhill Road SW, Rochester, MN 55902.