OBITUARY: Scott Hudson
On Sunday, January 2, our community lost a beloved husband, father, son, teacher, coach, mentor, and friend when cancer finally won its battle with Scott Hudson while he was surrounded by his family. Born in Big Creek near Shaver Lake in 1957, he grew up living, playing, and worrying his parents in the Sierra. After graduating from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo with a degree in Natural Resource Management he and the love of his life, Marsha Ward-Hudson, chose South Lake Tahoe as their home in 1981. They were married in 1983 while Scott spent his summers in Idaho fighting fires as a smokejumper. In 1985 he began his adventure in education teaching fourth grade at Tahoe Valley Elementary. Six years later he transferred to Meyers Elementary as P.E. specialist and moved to STMS in 2003. Most of his students fondly remember him as the best P.E. teacher they ever had. Some had the opportunity to have him as the coach of their cross country, track, or Nordic ski team and witnessed the enthusiasm Scott had for running, skiing, and teaching. A few people had the honor of his mentoring in life as well as sport. Scott expressed his passion for the outdoors through hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, running, camping, rafting, or any other way he could experience life self-propelled. The objective was to “get the heart rate up,” and “keep moving.” Yet, it was always family and friends first. Scott understood what it truly means to be a friend and was as quick with a favor as he was with a smile. He is survived by his father, Richard; brother, Rick; and sister, Kathy Hudson, and their families. The center, hub and core of his life revolved around his wife, Marsha, and daughters, Alicia and Kayla, and he often spoke with pride of their accomplishments and futures. A service to celebrate Scott’s life will be held on Saturday, January 15, at 11:00 A.M. at Sierra Community Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to defray medical costs and his daughters’ college expenses can be made to an account set up in Scott’s name at U.S. Bank. We’ll miss him.