ST GEORGE, UT- Scott LeRoy Iverson, age 82, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2023. He was born on April 9, 1941, in Kingman, Arizona to Floyd James Iverson and Eunice Rose Lakin Iverson. Scott was their only child.
Scott was raised in Overton, Nevada and Maywood, California until he was six years old. His parents then moved to Downey, California where he attended and graduated from Alameda Elementary School, South Junior High School, and Downey High School in 1958. Scott loved growing up in Southern California. Scott had a passion for sports, especially basketball, tennis and baseball. He was a member of the Downey High School basketball team and played American Legion Baseball during the summer. He chose to attend Cerritos Junior College in nearby Norwalk where he pursued a major in Physical Education and a minor in History. He competed for two years on the men’s basketball team at Cerritos and was named the Most Improved Player in 1959 and the Most Valuable Player in 1960.
Scott served in the United States Marine Corps and was a member of the All-Marine basketball team. Following his service in the Marines, Scott continued his education, studying and playing basketball at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and later obtained his master’s degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Scott’s passion for coaching and education led him to many great opportunities during his career. While in Utah he coached at Lehi High School, where he won a state championship and later coached at Granger High School and was named “Coach of the Year” three times in the state of Utah. Scott also taught and coached in Las Vegas, Nevada, Spokane, Washington and ended his career in Yuma, Arizona.
The greatest win from his coaching and teaching career came when he met his life companion Selena Winnifred Jensen at a parent teacher conference while teaching at Granger High School. They were married on November 24, 1982, in West Valley City, Utah. They lived and worked in Yuma, Arizona and upon retirement moved to St George, Utah. Over the years Scott and Winnie traveled the world, loved cruising, and made countless friends and memories together. In 2022 Scott was inducted into the Westminster Athletic Hall of Fame, an award Winnie was honored to receive on his behalf.
The family expresses our deepest gratitude to the staff at the Southern Utah Veterans Home-Ivins, specifically Rocky, Sandra and Cliff for the care, compassion and friendship that was provided to Scott and Winnie during his time of residency while he battled Parkinson’s disease.
Scott is survived by his wife, Winnie Iverson; his stepchildren: Stacey Evans (Kimberly) and Cindy Hobbs (Michael); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Eunice Iverson.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday June 27, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary at 288 W. St George Blvd. St George, Utah.
There will also be a viewing held on Thursday, June 29, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary on 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, Utah. A graveside service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Memorial Mountain View Cemetery, 3115 East Bengal Blvd. Cottonwood Heights, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity in memory of Scott.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. For condolences and funeral listing please visit www.metcalfmortuary.com.
Life Story Info
From Junior High School to Downey High School to Cerritos J.C. We had a group, all basketball players, of about 10 guys give or take. I remember the days when we would gather on Saturdays to watch the one NBA game that was on each week. We were living the good life. After the game we would sometimes go right out and play ball somewhere wearing our "top of the line $3.50 " Converse low-cut shoes. We were all privileged to have been coached by the best basketball coach we ever saw, Wally Kincaid, at Downey High and Cerritos. I remember the day Scott bought his first car which was a stripped down brand new Ford stick shift. Scott was very careful with that car. I have never seen anybody as methodical and slow as Scott to shift into each of the three gears. Scott did have a wild side though. There were times when he would reach 35 mph. He also had a great sense of humor in his own quiet way.
Scott lucked into the perfect situation when he joined the Marines. He worked in some kind of office position until about 3 pm each day and then went to basketball practice. We envied him.
Another memory. Scott was 5'11" coming out of high school. Within two years he was 6'4". A left handed guard (lefties always had a advantage) who was a great shooter. Some of us went to the same church and playing church ball (Scott was part of the us). It was a magical year. We stormed through each level of the league playing teams from all over California and went to the big show at Utah State University. There were teams from all over the world. We did not win the tournament but we had a great time observing University life.
Great times with a great guy who found a great wife as well.
I met Scott in the fall 64 at Westminster College in Utah. It was easy to make friends with him as he was always straight forward and very honest about his thinking.
We had the same majors and minors, so we had many classes together and we both became teachers and coaches in different parts of the country. By 1968 I had married Nancy and we had our son Wayne in 1967. Then moved back to California and taught at Del Oro High School for 39 years. During that time and Scott and I and Nancy too, have corresponded first by letter, then by email all these years. We did see each a couple of times. We were life long friends. We know of his great respect for Winnie, and we could feel it in his letters.
Thank you Winnie for keeping us up to date with Scott. He loved you so much. You have displayed total class in the things that you do and stand for.
To Winnie and Scott's family, we send our most positive thoughts to you.
God Bless you. Love Steve and Nancy March.
Even though Scott was not a big fan of Dee's, he loved all of you who did.
Scott was not a big Dee's fan!
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of my friend of 58 years and my basketball teammate at Westminster College in Utah. Scott was a winner. At Westminster he was named as an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American basketball player. As a coach, he won many championships and numerous coaching awards. But the most important "win" of his life was when he met and eventually married his loving and wonderful wife, Winnie. Scott's life centered around his love of sports, but I am sure he would agree with me about Winnie being his finest win. My thoughts and prayers are with Winnie and family during this time. Scott will me missed ! Go Parsons!