Memorial: Scott Forest Hoote, May 14, 1957- October 20, 2015 | SierraSun.com

Memorial: Scott Forest Hoote, May 14, 1957- October 20, 2015

Livy Durgan
Special to the Bonanza

Cancer is a battle that a lot of people are experiencing these days. This particular case was a very profound one that I'd like to share with the community since the victim was a well-known man.

Scott Forest Hoote received his diagnosis of stage 4 Esophageal Cancer on December 25th, 2014. We were all in shock to say the least. How this humble mountain man could receive such harsh news on CHRISTMAS DAY was beyond all of us.

The night we all went in to visit him at the hospital, his best friend was there with a fluorite crystal that he had found earlier in the week. This crystal weighed 5.14 grams, which was Scott's birthday!

The healing properties of it were for the throat, where ironically, his cancer started. What a powerful synchronicity!

Scott decided that he was going to battle his cancer out with Chemo. It was amazing to watch a person prepare to be poisoned, to kill a poison. I have never in my life witnessed so much strength and will in a person to live.

As most of us all know, Scott was a nature man who walked and talked integrity. His simplicity was humbling and his heart of gold touched everyone who crossed his path.

He raised his two little girls among all the elements. They grew with the giant sugar pine trees and played in the rivers and streams. His love and connection with nature was strong and he made sure that his loved ones received the same wisdom it bestowed upon him.

His daughters thought of him as their hero. His quality of life was something we always admired about him. He was always so happy and grateful for everything and everyone in his life and always made sure he expressed it through his actions.

Through this whole experience we all watched Scott's quality of life diminish, but he still held the same mentality until the end — never complaining and always choosing to see the bright side.

Today I know we can all say that we are grateful that he is no longer suffering. As they say, after the storm comes the rainbow. I know he is soaring high above us now in bliss and peace.

Thank you for walking your talk and embodying the wisdom you shared with us all. Forever in our hearts. We love you Scott!