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Scott V Gorham

October 8, 1952 – September 3, 2023


September 28, 2023

Scott V Gorham October 8, 1953 – September 3, 2023

October 8, 1952 – September 3, 2023

Scott V Gorham, of Walla Walla, WA, passed away at home surrounded by family on Sunday, September 3, 2023. Scott was born October 8, 1952, to Harold V. Gorham and Eleanor F. Gorham, nee Kent. Scott graduated from Walla Walla High School and Washington State University, where he majored in education and was a Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity member.

On June 7, 1975, he married Anne Heydon. They settled in the Walla Walla area, where they started their family. Scott farmed wheat with his father, Harold, and son, Greg, in Prescott, WA. Scott was also a popular substitute teacher with the Walla Walla Public Schools. He was a devoted father, coaching Greg's soccer teams and Jen's and Greg's ski teams at Ski Bluewood when they were little. Scott worked as a Bluewood's Ski Patrol member and volunteered as an EMT and fireman for District 7. He was a member of the Elks, the Rotary Club, the Walla Walla Country Club, and Walla Walla Grain Growers. He was active with United Way, Planned Parenthood, Special Olympics, and the Lillie Rice Center. Scott enjoyed helping others, had many lifelong friends, and could usually be found with a smile on his face. Scott loved water and snow skiing, bowling, photography, scuba diving, and riding his Harley Davidson with his wife, Michelle. Scott and Michelle Cristobal married on February 4, 2008.

Survivors include countless friends; his daughter, Jennifer Gorham, and his son, Greg Gorham, both of Walla Walla; his granddaughters, Jen's daughter, Alex of Walla Walla and Greg's daughter, Kenzie of Kennewick; Scott's wife Michelle, and her daughters, Rachelle Baerlocher (husband Matt and son Colton) and Brittney Dickson (sons Rykerr and Rayderr) of Walla Walla; his cousins, Kathie Weathermon and Karen Wolf of Walla Walla, other cousins, nieces, and nephews; and his dog Chimi. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold; his mother, Eleanor; and his brothers, Brent and Kent.

There will be no graveside service as Scott asked that his ashes be scattered at Priest Lake, ID, where he celebrated the end of harvest with friends and family every summer. A celebration of his life will be held at the Walla Walla Country Club on Saturday, September 30, 2023, from 1-4 PM.

Because people have asked how to help, donations can be made to Gorham Farms through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla, to help the family transition the business. Anything beyond that will be donated to local charities special to the family.


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