This week marks the 57th anniversary of the birth of my youngest brother, Scott William Hogue. He was born April 8th, 1962, in San Jose, California. My parents and my middle brother Barry and I had just moved into our new house on Moraine Drive in Santa Clara. We would all attend Bracher Elementary School in that neighborhood until moving across town in 1969. Scott was interested in sports right away and seemed to always have one of Dad’s old baseball mitts with him. He was playing in the Majors with 12 year-olds when he was only nine.
We moved to Danville, CA in 1972. Scott (and Barry) later attended San Ramon High, where he switched his focus to basketball, playing all four years at the varsity level. He received his diploma in 1980 and made efforts to walk on to the team at Chico State, to no avail. Studying really wasn’t his thing, and mom and dad really wanted him “off the payroll”. Scott then moved up to Reno, NV to live with us in 1983. A few years later, he headed back to California, settling down south in Orange County. He filled the role as a stay-at-home dad for many years, proudly raising his two daughters from his first marriage. Scott eventually entered the construction industry as a lab tech/manager involved in materials testing.
Scott lived in the community of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA for many years and developed many friendships there. He was commissioner of a local fantasy football league and continued to rabidly follow sporting events at all levels. Unfortunately, he battled addiction problems most of his life. Scott passed away his home in RSM on 29 May 2013, age 51, succumbing to the effects of alcoholism. He is survived by his daughters, Amanda and Kennedy, and his wife, Charity. I miss him a great deal and wish he was still around to share these family stories. He would have loved them all!
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