Scott M. Wimer, 44

Scott M. Wimer died on May 17, 2020, in Renton Washington. He was surrounded by his family as he passed peacefully from this world into the next.

Born in Cottonwood, Idaho on August 26, 1975 to Jack and Jeanne Wimer, Scott was the eldest of seven children. He loved working as much as he loved learning. He didn’t wait for work to find him but sought out jobs that offered a challenge.

At age 8, he raised rabbits for sale. From fifth grade on after school and during summers he worked at his father’s machine shop. During high school on many nights he could be found rocking tape decks and light boards as he and his friend Sean Wilson DJ’ed dances late into the night. After graduating from Prairie High School in 1993, Scott went to the University of Idaho in the fall. The summer of 1995 he took a small job in LA with the then-startup Earthlink Network. That summer job turned into a five-year stint. When he returned to the University, he no longer studied Law but Computer Science.

Scott graduated from the University of Idaho in 2000 with a General Studies Degree, which he called his “certificate of attendance.” He had found a new job in Computer Security with Dr. John Munson, one of his university professors, at Cylant Technology. There he helped pioneer novel intrusion detection software for use in the Defense Department’s Cyber Panel.

On August 5, 2000, he married his college sweetheart, Alicia M. Hyde. Their marriage was blessed with four living children, and two miscarried children born into Heaven.

One of Scott’s greatest joys in life was the lively conversations that he, Alicia, and their children had. Scott had been a member of the debate club all four years of high school and was an ASUI Senator at the University of Idaho.

He passed a love of debate and discussion on to his children. He and his family would often discuss the current affairs of the world around the dinner table. Scott’s special interest was the intersection of technology, economics, and politics. He was an incisive thinker and believed in the dignity of people.

If you asked him what he did for a living he would say he got paid to play with computers. Scott was a Software Engineering generalist, but if you asked him what interested him most in computers, he would not hesitate to tell you that Computer Security was “the puppy that followed him home.”

Through the years his security work took him from Moscow, Idaho, to Bend, Oregon, to Boston, Massachusetts, to Arlington, Virginia. In Arlington, he worked a subcontracting job for the Department of Defense that required a security clearance. The fact that he could not discuss his work with his family was one of the hardest crosses he had to bear during that time. In the end, he moved his family back to the Pacific Northwest to spend more time with extended family, though he knew he would lose the opportunity to work on cleared projects in the future.

Scott was gifted with a quick wit and a mischievous sense of humor. When he first started working at Smartsheet, he began wearing funny t-shirts to the office as a way for others to get to know him on his bimonthly trips to Seattle. At the end of July 2019, Scott joined Dropbox. Five days later, Scott was diagnosed with cancer. He continued to wear his t-shirts, but now he wore them to his doctor’s office to cheer up the staff.

His cancer diagnosis came as a shock, but it never rocked his faith. His cancer and chemotherapy side effects were painful, but he accepted his suffering, often saying, “God is good, all the time.” And when people offered to pray for Scott, he asked for prayers for peace and strength.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Alicia, and four of their children: Lauren, Ian, Sean and Ryan; his parents: Jack and Jeanne Wimer; his siblings: Robert, Matthew, John (Gosia), Pete (Jill), Richard (Kristen) and Mary; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Scott is preceded in death by two of his children, Patrick and Fiona, born into Heaven; his grandparents, Rupert Wimer and Kathryn Wimer Nuxoll, and Oliver and Margaret Rousseau, and his grandfather, Martin Nuxoll; his uncles, Joseph Rousseau and Ronald Wimer, and his aunt, Marilyn Wimer.

A viewing is open to the public Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville, ID. A rosary will be recited on Friday, May 29, 2020, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Cottonwood, Idaho, at 10:00 a.m. followed by the funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at the Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. John Bosco Academy, Cottonwood, Idaho, or Lifespring Cancer Treatment Center of Seattle, WA.

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  • Doreen Rehder says:

    Beautiful write up about Scott’s life and loves. May he Rest In Peace, wrapped in the arms of Our Loving Lord♥️

  • Kevin Terhaar says:

    My prayers are with your family Scott. May you Rest In Peace and May God give your family and friends comfort as we mourn your passing.

  • Kristi (Frei) Nelson says:

    Beautifully remembered. He was a great guy and high school. Prayers to the family for your loss.

  • Deacon Chris Roeper says:

    Praying for Scott and his family. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

  • Valeena Halbert-Fischer says:

    Prayers and thought for all of the family and friends of Scott’s. Many memories of his quick wit and laughter. Heaven really received a beautiful soul, may he Rest In Peace.

  • Kevin Hoffmann says:

    Scott was one of the good ones. Always a joy to be around and never afraid to start a conversation or point out something idiotic in our lives. He will be remembered for his humor and big heart.

  • The Greer family: Stan, Carol and kids says:

    We’ve been praying for you and thinking of you so often. What a vivid character Scott was, and a real gift to everyone who knew him. May God bless you with His peace.

  • Sue T says:

    A beautiful tribute to Scott. I am so very sorry for your loss. Holding you close in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Maria Cunningham says:

    I am so saddened to hear of your loss. Please know that I am praying for Scott, you and your family. God be with you all!

  • Carrie (and Doc who welcomes you to your new home) Bitterwolf says:

    Alicia, may you and your children know that Scott will always be with you in your hearts. His intelligence, creativity, humor, wisdom, love, and spirit will continue to guide you as he walks with you throughout your lives, and when your time on earth comes to an end, he will welcome you with open arms And introduce you to the joys of life after death in his Father’s Heavenly Kingdom. Much love and many hugs…

  • Sister M. Andrea Goeckner, FSGM says:

    Thanks be to God for the gift of Scott. How many people’s lives were affected because of him. He was certainly heroic in his suffering. What a blessing to have him as my cousin.
    May the Lord open to Scott the Gates of Paradise to him.

  • Christopher Simpson says:

    I remember Scott so well and always will. My heart bleeds for those he left behind and if I could hug all his family i would for as long as possible. Thoughts and prayers are with you all, Wimer family.

  • Lynne Jenny Hutchins (John & Verla Jenny’s daughter & Jack’s classmate) says:

    Prayers and Blessings for his whole and extended family. ✝️✝️✝️ Special prayers of comfort for Jack and Jeanne

  • Dr. Bonita Seubert says:

    My heart is broken to hear Scotty is gone. The world has lost a great young man. Peace be with you Scotty.

  • Pamela Duclos says:

    To Alicia and family, I am so sorry about Scott. We were classmates and I loved his sense of humor. He was always kind as well. May God be with you all! RIP Scott, you are free from pain and suffering!

  • Sarah Walsh says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of Scott’s family.

  • Amy Wise and Family says:

    Scott has left a beautiful footprint of what it means to be a son, husband, dad, friend and a child of God.
    May his beautiful footprint bring you love, joy and peace. Wimer Family, You are in my prayers.

  • Cara and Brett says:

    Remembering so many things great things about Scott and praying for him and his family. May you all feel God’s loving embrace during this time. Prayers and Hugs to each and every one of you.

  • Mary Druffel says:

    God has prepared a place for him. May his soul rest in peace!

  • Adonna Yuse says:

    So sorry for your loss. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Kevin Fansler says:

    So sorry to hear about Scott’s passing. I grew up in Grangeville, but didn’t meet Scott until we worked together at Smartsheet. My desk was near his for much of the time we worked there and I loved his sense of humor. He also “gave permission” to others around him to not take things so seriously while at the same time being super skilled at his job. It was a sad day when he left Smartsheet, but worse to hear of his dx, and now, of his passing. He is missed.

  • Jill Rehder says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Scott was truly a light in this world and he will be missed.

  • melanie means ostermann says:

    So sorry for you loss. Words can’t express what we feel. May you find comfort in your memories. Prayers

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