Scott Allen Gatton

August 03, 1958 ‒ August 31, 2020

Fredericktown, Ohio

Scott Allen Gatton of Fredericktown, Ohio, left this temporary home for his eternal home on August 31,2020. Growing up in Bellville, Ohio, he graduated from Clear Fork High School with the class of 1977.  Scott went on to Asbury University where he earned his Bachelor of Social Work degree. Scott had a “pastor’s heart” which led him to Ashland Theological Seminary, and he completed his Master of Divinity.  Scott furthered his education at Case, obtaining his Master of Applied Social Science, which enabled him to obtain his LISW-S licensure. Scott saw the potential and value in all those in which he encountered, and they felt valued.  He was an “emotional first-responder”.  Scott’s belief that people are valuable motivated him to begin his work as a social worker in a community mental health setting.   In addition, Scott greatly valued education and he served social work students in a supervisory role as they moved towards obtaining their goals. Scott also served as an adjunct professor with Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Scott was first a follower of Christ, son, brother, husband, father and last but not least Poppy. Scott is survived by his wife, of 37 years, Pam. Scott is survived by his daughter and son in law, Whitney and Josiah Beougher and their two children, Eisley and Ella. Scott is also survived by his son and daughter in law, Garrett and Lydia and their four children, Azariah, Tirzah, Elia, and Haven.  Scott is survived by his parents, John and Roxanna Gatton, brother and sister in law, Steve and Rebecca Gatton of Minnesota and their children, Hudson, Hannah and Kyle Meinke, and Hunter; his brother, Shawn Gatton of Mansfield, Ohio; Sister, Sabrina Gatton of Columbus; and his sister, Saresa Gatton and her son Keean; and many extended family members.

Scott was an avid reader, especially “hiding God’s Word” in his heart. Scott’s life verse was Galatians 2:20. He  caught the fly fishing and fly-tying bug, participating at different times with Land of Legends Fly Fishing Group as well as the Mohican Fly Fishermen. Scott enjoyed watching his Cleveland Indians. Scott loved his family deeply, and when he came into a room, “there’s Poppy” was all anyone could hear.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020 from 5-8 PM and Saturday, September 5, 2020 from 10-11 AM with the funeral service to follow at the New Life Community Church; 9955 Mount Gilead Road, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019 with Pastor Andy Smith officiating.

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  • One of the memories I have of Scott was at his granddaughter, Eisley’s, birthday party. She came up to him and asked him for a ride. Without hesitation he got down on all hands and knees and threw her up on his back like a pony; crawling around on the hardwood floor. All the while, Eisley laughing uncontrollably . I believe this speaks to his love and dedication to his family. Prayers to The entire Gatton family during this difficult time.

  • Pam and family,
    I am so sad to hear of Scott’s passing. He was a beautiful soul and he touched so many lives.
    May your hearts be filled with love and memories during this time.
    Much thoughts and hugs,
    Connie Linson

  • Pam, Whitney and Garrett, I am so sorry to hear of Scott’s passing. Scott was always smiling when I would talk with him and I know that was because of his family. Please know that you are in my prayers at this difficult time.

  • What a GREAT man with a Servant’s Heart…………
    Our deepest condolences to you all……..

  • Pam and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Scott was such a sweet man. Very welcoming and loving towards every soul. My son Blade loves waving at him and talking with him when he would go over to mow the lawn. We are all truly blessed to have known Scott!

  • Pam, Whitney, Josiah, Garrett, Lydia, and family,

    May God bless you and keep you during this difficult time. Scott was a blessing to so many of us.

  • Scott was a wonderful neighbor to the Pentz family while growing up on Andrews Rd. in Bellville.
    Although several years older, he was always kind to me and my sisters. Even as a child I knew he had a special heart. Scott and the Gatton family were like family to us Pentz girls. We will always treasure all the happy times we had with Scott on Andrews Road.
    Sending deep condolences to all the Gattons. Will always love the Gatton family.
    Most Sincerely,
    Andrea Ita Pentz Mathwich 💜

  • Scott was my supervisor while I was a student/intern and he also taught 2 of my classes at MVNU. He had such an impact on my life and I learned a great deal from him. I always talked about him to my husband and how much I couldn’t wait to tell him when I receive my Masters degree (May 2021). I won’t be able to tell him now but he will forever be in my heart for taking the time to teach me and be so compassionate!
    My deepest condolences to the whole family. He always talked so much about his grandkids, I know you we’re all so important to him.

  • To the Gatton family,

    Scott was one of the first neighbor kids I met when we, the Pentz family, moved to Andrews Rd. He and his family became like family to us as the years went by. Many a time, we all played basketball or kickball in the huge backyard that the Gattons had.
    Scott had a big heart and his love of God was always there.
    Clearly, he found a way to serve over the many years and yet, he found time to be with his family. The world has lost a sweet soul.
    Deepest condolences to the whole family.

    Prayers and much love to all!

    Judith Pentz

  • Pam, Whitney, Garrett & Family
    Our thoughts are with you during this time of adjustment. There are no words to express our sadness at this news. Scott was such a special and loving person. He also had a wonderful sense of humor and was a master storyteller! Our hearts are with you always

  • Scott was a very special person he touched a lot of life’s he will be very missed l just wented to say lm so sorry for your lost l pray that the lord is with the families and with Pam and children at this l pray he touches and comfort them at a time like this.

  • Pam and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss, may God comfort you all as only he can do. Sending thoughts, prayers and hugs.
    Sam, Bunny and Jillian Vance

  • Pam,
    Brian and I are just so very sorry. Our voices will be just two of the many praying for strength and comfort to you and your family.

    Much love,
    Brian and Lori Gastin

  • Pam,
    What wonderful memories you have to fill your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time.

  • Praying for peace and comfort for your family. I had the privilege of working with Scott. He was a master encourager. God blessed him with gifts that he used to help others. I cannot imagine the grief you all must be experiencing. May you feel Gods loving arms around you.

  • I’m sorry to hear about Scott very glad got to know him ! Prayers for the family thru this difficult time! He will b sadly missed!

  • Pam I am so sorry you are in my prayers and I send you so much strength and love and that goes for the rest of your family also please know that your husband Scott had met my husband and that without the outreach of Christ’s love that Scott had shown in his job he helped my husband beyond measure in feeling self worth and to have faith in humanity. I have no doubt that many can attest to Scott’s impact in thier lives .
    Many prayers and love

    Andrea Gantz
    Former coworker at KCH / Hospice

  • Pam and family I am so sorry for your loss
    I first met Scott when the boys played basketball at Coach Wilson’s home He was always such a nice and kind-hearted person. He will be missed!
    Our prayers go out to all the family

  • Pam & Family
    So sorry to hear about your loss. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers are with you

  • Gatton Family
    So sorry for your loss. I was also in the Clear Fork Class of 77 .We had many conversations in choir. Was one of the kindest guys with a big heart It saddens me but know I will see him again in heaven Till we meet again Scott

  • I worked with Scott regularly in his role as an adjunct instructor at MVNU, and he was always one of my favorite people. Every semester before starting a new class, he would come to my office so we could set things up and go over details of the course, but most of our time was spent just visiting. He was one of the nicest, most caring, most genuine people I ever met. I’ll miss spending time with him.

  • To all the Gatton Family,
    I was sad to hear about Scott’s passing.
    I graduated high school with him. I have such fond memories of him! He will be missed ….
    Sincerely, Terri (Flynn) Catino

  • Gatton Family – Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of Scott. It has been almost 40 years since Scott and I interacted, yet it feels like yesterday when we were playing hoops after church on Sunday’s & Wednesdays, volleyball at youth retreats’s, and spending very hot summers together on a roofing crew earning money for college. Scott was always laughing, smiling, and good for some practical jokes, both giving and receiving! Yet during this time, he was a beacon of light for Jesus Christ, and influenced many of us during our church youth group times. You just knew he would retain his love for the Lord throughout his life in whatever endeavor he did. Again, my sincerest condolences and may God give you peace in knowing we shall all see him again soon! Randy Huber

  • Pam and family,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of Scott he was a remarkable person and touched many many lives my thoughts and prayers go to you and the family it was a pleasure knowing Scott and being around him. Thanks for all the good times.

  • Pam and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Scott’s passing. He was a dear man of God with such a heart for people. He had such a beautiful spirit. Keeping you close in our prayers.

  • To Scott’s loved ones,
    I am so sad to read if Scott’s passing. I don’t believe that there is a person who met Scott that wasn’t touched by his great compassion and the depth of his caring. I know that he made a quiet, powerful impact in this community. Rejoicing with you in the truth that he is with the One who loves him the most; but grieve with you over your loss. Praying for you all.

  • To Pam and your family :
    Sandy and I are so sorry to here about Scott’s passing.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Pam
    So sorry to hear this. But we all know he is in a better place now!! The impact your family has been in ours lives. One of the best family’s I know for sure. Pam if you need any help with anything around house please don’t be afraid to ask.

  • Pam
    I’m so sorry to see this. I loved your posts and the things you did together. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • To the Gatton family: I’m so sorry for your loss. Scott was a wonderful man, leader and teacher. I was fortunate enough to have had Scott as a professor at M.V.N.U. The day I received my diploma I stopped before leaving the stage to shake the hand and thank the man who had the biggest impact on my life while in college. He was truly gifted. God bless you all.

  • Dear Pam;
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss; I only met you one time; and you were so very,very nice to me and speaking of my daughters life; I only wish you the best;
    Love to you;; W.’Bud’ Rohler

  • Dear John and Roxanne and your family,
    You can be so proud of your family and the love you have shared with then. This is a great loss and that love will sustain you. I offer my love, too.
    Judy Coppersmith

  • Pam: So very sorry to hear of his death. May God keep you and your family in His arms during this time.

  • Phil Keogh says:
    Scott was my counselor at BHP. I met with him regularly ever since moving here from NY 6 years ago. He helped me through some difficult times in my life. He always had different and helpful approaches to problem solving. But our sessions weren’t all serious because we really liked kidding each other. The last time I saw Scott was at KCH. I was there for blood work and he was there for one of his cancer treatments. When a nice looking lady came out and called his name, she asked if she could take his arm and help him through the door, which he immediately consented to. I immediately jumped up and said to the lady: “he’s perfectly capable of walking in on his own, he just wants a pretty lady to hold arms with.” Scott laughed that distinct laugh of his and said to me: “boy, you know me too well.”
    Needless to say I will miss him.

  • I ask God a question why did you take this wonderful man away from me I need him the most he is my therapist we’ve been together for several years he knew all might problems that I was dealing with on in my life I didn’t understand when they give me the call Scott had retired into medical reason Before the Throne of virus I got to see Scott and January the very last time I seen him alive I am so sad see him gone he is a wonderful man who has helped many people and their lives I will never forgetting long as I live but God surely his work wasn’t done here on Earth yet maybe God his body needed to rest in heaven maybe that’s why you took him home but I thank you Lord and Savior Jesus heard a opportunity in time I was with him as a patient or client whatever you classify it is and I thank you Jesus for introducing me to him and his life my life who is at the lowest I don’t know how I will go on although I pick the new therapist where he used to be and it is weird talking to a new person about oh my personal problems and trying to establish a new relationship in the weirdest thing is we are in Scott’s old office where I met him for the first time many years ago this is so hard for me God to accept but I know you I know oh Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that you are the perfect one and when you say it’s time to go it’s time to go for whatever reason I just asked you Heavenly Father Richey Blas Scott’s family give them comfort as you’re going through agreement. At this time as I know Scott is looking down from heaven the question I put the him did he ever make the trip with his wife tea Cambridge at Christmas time to see the rear display on the courthouse laser light show I have often suggest to Scott to take his wife and him to go see that Christmas display I don’t know if he ever got a chance to go but where he is today it’s Christmas everyday and there is shiny Shirley shiny golden lights and bright lights in heaven today my friend my therapist I’m going to really miss you it’s going to be hard it’s hard right now cuz I don’t get you to talk to you I meant to say I’m a respected you and I love you so much and I cherished our time that we did have together thank you Scott for all the help and advice suggestions and listening to me in our sessions you helped me get through difficult problems I just pray to God that this new therapist he and I can build a relationship like I did with you Scott cuz I’m going through some difficult times in my life he knew that before the coronavirus and now it’s really difficult cuz I lost you and I lost my former supervisor George Stringfellow back in July he was like a second father to me and never got a chance to talk to you about him but we might have talked to I might have talked to you about him in this session but he passed away here back in July and that really touched me cuz he’s like a second father to me and wanted to tell you all about it God bless you Scott God bless your family thank you God 4 my time with Scott indeed God he was one of your children so he done his work here on Earth coding home so he could rest God bless you Scott never forget all the wonderful things you done your client or your patient whatever I was classified love Tony

  • Pam, Whitney, Garrett and family,
    As we are so saddened to hear of the passing of Scott we know Jesus has welcomed his son home his race won! Scott was a lifesaver for many and his work on earth will continue through those he touched. May God hold you tightly in his arms and bring you a peace only he can during this time.
    Love, Sonny, Bridget, Phalen, Trisha & Miles Gentry

  • Pam and Family,

    I was saddened when we heard of Scott’s passing when we were at Church. I am so Grateful to have known Scott and look forward to seeing him again when we go Home. You both have been so Amazing in teaching Aidens class at Church. We are Praying for Strength and Courage during this time. Hope to see you soon Pam when all this stuff is over.

    Much Love Always!!!

  • Pam,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Scott’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Holly Snyder

  • To all Gattons,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Scott was a beautiful soul.
    Sending love from Minnesota,
    Bob and Michelle Kingsbury and family

  • Josiah and Whitney and to all his family and friends. I am so sad in my heart that Scott is gone as he was my counselor and mentor, one day I walked in his office and we were talking and I handed him a christian book mark for his bulletin board in his room. Scott was so calm spirited and such a Godly man. When I heard the news just 2 days ago he passed away my heart sank and tears rolled down my face. I used to tell him Scott we need a billion more identical counselors of you to make it in this world. He would laugh. He was so kind with a great heart. Hes truly going to be missed and had a heart to serve people. Scott made a great impact on my life. Im so sad he’s gone but with a grateful heart I know he’s in heaven rejoicing. Continued prayers for your family and the community grieving his loss.