TRAVERSE CITY — Scott Michael Gray, 43, passed away on Feb. 9, 2014, at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, after a brave and valiant battle with cancer. He went to the lord surrounded by loving family.
Scott was born in Traverse City on Sept. 25, 1970, the son of Genevieve (Walters) Lingaur and Larry Gray.
He had a lifelong love of Star Wars since attending the first movie at the age of 7.
As a youth Scott was active in Boy Scouts. He earned the high rank of Eagle Scout. In 1985 he attended The National Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. On that trip he stayed overnight on the NASA ship, visited the Smithsonian and the White House in Washington, D.C. and also visited Colonial Williamsburg.
He graduated from St. Francis High School, Traverse City, in 1989. Scott then attended DeVry Technical Institute, Lombard, Ill. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in telecommunications management in 1992.
Scott then moved back to Traverse City to be near family.
Scott moved to Madison Heights five years ago to be near his sister, Gina Watt and her family. He took on the role of live-in child caregiver to his nephew, Jean-Luc and his niece, Nicole. Scott enjoyed taking them to the movies, buying them candy at the corner store and having fun swimming in the family pool.
In April 2013 he enjoyed a family trip to Florida. Then shortly after, Scott was diagnosed with cancer; it turned his world upside-down. After many doctor visits and treatments he was unable to fulfill his hope of getting a bone marrow transplant.
Scott loved working with computers and animation design. At the time of his death he was in the process of authoring a book.
Scott will be remembered for being a special person who had kind words for everyone and for being a gentle soul.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Pete and Frances Walters; his paternal grandparents, Art and Esther Gray; and his cousin, Jeremy Stone.
Scott is survived by his loving mother, Genevieve (Genny) Lingaur; his stepfather, Ronald Lingaur; his father, Larry Gray; stepmother, Paula (Polly) Gray; stepbrother, Keith Pelky; stepsisters, Marci Conroy and Tracy Baldwin; his devoted sister, Gina (Gray) Watt; brother-in-law, Tim Watt; his nephew, Jean-Luc James Watt (12); and his niece, Nicole Renee Watt (7). He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
A visitation will be held on Feb. 14, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City. Cremation has taken place. Interment will be held in the spring at Linwood Cemetery, Long Lake Township.
Donations may be made in his name to the Rose Cancer Center affiliated with Beaumont Hospital, as well as to the family.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories of Scott.