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Full Text of HR0865  102nd General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives are saddened to learn of the death of Leslie
4Maxwell "Max" Scott II, who passed away on May 10, 2022; and
5    WHEREAS, Max Scott was born in Quincy to Leslie Maxwell
6Scott and Verla Benscoter on October 18, 1931; he spent the
7best part of his childhood in West Ridge, where he had a
8passion for fast horses; he received numerous trophies at
9county fairs and other venues before changing his focus to
10motorbikes; he graduated from Maroa-Forsyth High School in
11Maroa, where he earned varsity letters in football and track
12and claimed to have invented the safety blitz; he married Mary
13Helen Frederick and graduated from Lincoln College in Lincoln
14and Illinois State University, where he took degrees in speech
15pathology and speech communication and where he was, as he had
16been in high school, an accomplished stage actor; he attended
17graduate school at the University of Illinois, pursuing a
18master's degree in psychiatric social work; and
19    WHEREAS, Max Scott went to work in the Lincoln State
20School for Disabled Children; later, he became a speech
21pathologist for various Central Illinois school districts; he
22served special needs students not just in the school house but
23also in his own home or their homes on weekends and evenings;



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1later, he taught school at Maroa, directed the high school
2drama department, and served as the public address announcer
3at high school football and basketball games; he also traveled
4across Central Illinois, serving small-town kids whose schools
5lacked adequate resources to otherwise meet their special
6needs; and
7    WHEREAS, Max Scott accepted a job as a consultant to the
8McGraw-Hill Book Company in 1966; he worked for McGraw-Hill
9for 25 years and moved his family to Highland; in later years,
10he returned to Central Illinois and renewed his teaching
11certificate; and
12    WHEREAS, Max Scott enjoyed dancing with his wife, and he
13was a proud member of the Maroa-Forsyth Trojans M-club for
14over 73 years; he liked to play the ponies at Cahokia or poker
15wherever he could find a game worthy of his skills; his
16longevity has been attributed by some to having disciplined
17himself for many years by adhering to a strict diet of biscuits
18and gravy, cigars, and scotch whiskey; and
19    WHEREAS, Max Scott was preceded in death by his wife of
20over 51 years, Mary; his sister, Bonnie Burden; his brothers,
21Winfield and J.D.; and his sons, Maxie and James; and
22    WHEREAS, Max Scott is survived by his brother, Garett



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1Scott; his son, Thomas Jefferson Scott, and wife, Betty Lau;
2his granddaughter, Ellen Scott, and her fiancé, Shayne
3Prapaislip; Andrew Scott and his partner, Tia Bertrand; his
4granddaughter, Elena Scott, and her mother, Lilia Lopez; his
5daughter-in-law, Shari Scott, and granddaughter, Emma Scott;
6and numerous nieces and nephews; therefore, be it
9we mourn the passing of Leslie Maxwell "Max" Scott II and
10extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and all
11who knew and loved him; and be it further
12    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
13presented to the family of Max Scott as an expression of our
14deepest sympathy.