2011-01-13 / Obituaries

Scott P. Bumguardner

Scott P. Bumguardner, Sr. went home to be with the Lord on Dec.

25, 2010. He was 92.

Scott was born Sept. 13, 1918, in Texas. His family moved to New Mexico where he grew up working on the family ranch. In 1942, he joined the Army, serving in World War II in the Normandy, German and Northern France campaigns. He received three bronze battle stars, good conduct ribbon, and EAME ribbon.

In 1943, he married his wife, Ernestine, and after his honorable discharge from the Army in 1945, they along with Scott’s parents and brothers moved to California, settling in Mariposa in 1946. This is also when the family helped start the First Baptist Church of Mariposa, which they are still charter members of.

Scott always knew how to work hard like running a ranch, training horses until he was 78, and helping anyone in need. He also knew how to have fun, spending quality time with his family, horseback riding, fishing in the ponds on the property, shooting, riding in the parades, and opening their home to hundreds for church barbecues, hay tunnels, hayrides and games. They were also foster parents for 15 years, caring for about 22 kids.

Scott was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Cephas, Sr. and Annie Lee Bumguardner; sister, Mary Alice Mottram; and brother, Horton Bumguardner.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ernestine of Mariposa; his son, Scott (Scotty) P. Bumguardner, Jr. of Mariposa; daughters and sons-in-law, Alice Jean (Jeannie) and Larry Roach of Mariposa; and Donna and Lonnie Wass of Coarsegold; grandchildren and their spouses, Scotty Shawn Bumguardner of Washington, Lisa and Mark Woods of Mariposa, Pam Milligan of New Mexico, Cathy and Che Robbins of Mariposa, Charlotte and Ryan DeWitt of Oakhurst, and Nathan and Sabrina Wass of Fresno; great-grandchildren, Brooke and Austin Robbins, Courtney Woods, Alana and Shea Bumguardner, Kymmalee and Kelliana Chang-Milligan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church of Mariposa building project fund.

Memorial service for Scott will be held at the Cathey’s Valley Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 11 a.m.

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