David J. Scott, M.D. passed away at his home on March 8, 2020, surrounded by loving family and friends. He practiced pulmonary medicine and critical care in Torrance, California from 1979 until his retirement in 2018. He cared deeply for his patients and co-workers, many who became dear friends. His final weeks were spent with family and friends he so appreciated and loved. Born May 4, 1948 in Pineville, in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky, David grew up in Pineville and in Knoxville, Tennessee. He left in 1966 to earn a degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He then returned to Kentucky where he received a medical degree from the University of Kentucky in 1974. Following medical school, he completed an Internal Medicine Internship and Residency and a Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship at the Los Angeles County - USC Medical Center. During his many years of practice, he was Chief of Staff, a member of the Board of Directors, and a Director of the ICU at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance. He was also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care at UCLA. In addition to the many honors bestowed in his lifetime, David was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, due, in part, to the tireless aid he provided to his hometown of Pineville during its devastating 1977 flood. David and his wife Elaine met in college and were lucky to share 52 wonderful years, enjoying lives of fulfilling work, great friends, travel and adventures around the world. They were always looking forward to new experiences on their never-ending bucket list. Both were avid divers and David grew up loving boating on lakes and oceans. A talented photographer, he took amazing photos of travels and friends. He is survived by his wife Elaine, his mother Frances Scott, his sister Barbara Scott (Michael Tronick), his brother-in-law Larry Mesches, nieces Lauren Tronick, Lindsay Mesches (Jon Peyton), Tyler Mesches and nephew Jared Mesches, in addition to great nieces and nephews and many cousins. All will miss him dearly and carry his memory in their hearts. David was a passionate advocate of palliative care medicine and hospice care. In his memory, donations may be made to: Providence Trinity Care Foundation, Thousand Cranes Endowed Chair in honor of Dr. Glen Komatsu 5315 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503 (310) 543-3440 website: https://www.providence.org/locations/providence-trinitycare-hospice/foundation A celebration of his life will be held when prudent to do so-

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  1. David was a wonderful Doctor and he and Elaine were my oldest friends for over 50 years
    He was kind and compassionate and funny and I will miss him terribly – I know he was dedicated to his patients and to his work
    We’ve all lost a great man
    My deepest thoughts and love to Elaine – his partner in life

  2. He was the best of friends, and the most amazing, caring doctor I’ve ever known. There is a whole in our hearts that can’t be filled. He and Elaine were our best friends for 45 wonderful years. We will miss him forever.

  3. My kids and I are so lucky to have been neighbors with David and Elaine. David was a compassionate person always quick with a smile, laugh and a hug. He was a lucky man to spend so many years with Elaine, creating fantastic memories. We will miss David tremendously. There just are no words for the sadness we feel.

  4. My deepest condolences to Elaine and family. I had the pleasure of working with Dr Scott for about 10 years, he had a heart of gold and always made us all laugh. He will be missed tremendously . May he rest in love and light.

  5. I have known Dr. Scott (David) for nearly 30 years. For most of those years he was my “boss”, but I have always considered him to be my friend as well. I have so many fond memories that I will cherish forever. People say “gone too soon” this is so very true right now. My heart is broken.
    Elaine, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love you both, always..

  6. Love you, Doc! Miss you every day! But also hear you in my head every day. And, that’s a wonderful thing! You’re always here and with us!!

    So tell us….“How you be?!”



  7. My husband and I are so lucky to live across from you and Elaine. I will always remember the time we shared and all of the many amazing memories and laughs that I will cherish forever. I am forever grateful for your patience, love and friendship… no matter how big or small the problem was, you always listened. You are in our hearts forever and the loving impression you made on us is there for always. I hope the music is wonderful where you are and that you are resting in peace, light & love.
    Love The Stones

  8. David embodied all the qualities we hope for in our friends, physicians, partners, brothers, uncles, sons, neighbors and fellow citizens.
    It has been a paramount privilege and pleasure to have David and Elaine in my life for the past 50+ years.
    To all who have been lucky enough to know and love David… we share something very special and a deep, aching loss.

  9. Love you and miss you so much Uncle David. You were a kind and generous person and I am lucky to have had you in my life.

  10. I shall miss my friend. As one of the former CEO’s of Little Company of Mary Hospital, I know how much David
    was treasured by his patients, colleagues and the Sisters. I was privilege to watch Dr. David Scott save lives, heal
    gravely ill patients, and pull medical ‘rabbits’ out the hat; discovering the right diagnosis and treatments. David
    was a fine man, a dedicated physicians, a kind and compassionate healer. Elaine, may God grant you peace of heart.
    (PS. I shall toast a top Kentucky Bourbon in his honor – here’s to you my dear friend! God’s Speed.

  11. I was honored to share 20+ years working in ICU at LCM with David before he retired. David was one of a kind. He never knew a stranger and was one of the kindest people with a big heart and I’m not talking about cardiomyopathy! I got to know Elaine while out on the strand and would meet up and walk with them both as we shared mini therapy sessions about things that were going on at the hospital. David loved his work and the people he worked with. He cared deeply about his patients, his friends and loved Elaine with all his heart. We would joke about how long we both had been married after he told me one day that he figured he had been born married!

    I have said this many times even before David got sick…that I have never met a man like David. He was salt of the earth and a kind man. There will never be another guy like David Scott. He will be missed here on earth and heaven has certainly gained a guy who will whip out his credit card and buy lunch for all the angels and heavenly hosts! We will always remember you David Scott!

  12. It is with profound sadness to know that we have lost our dear friend David. David was a remarkably sincere person who genuinely found joy in the happiness of others. His life’s work in medicine was a gift to both his patients and colleagues.

    We met David & Elaine in 1974, the year of his medical internship at LA County hospital. Over the many miles, and years, between LA and Vancouver, BC our friendship has never wavered. We will hold those memories of our wonderful dinners with David & Elaine that always included fine food & wine with fabulous conversations. We shared many laughs! Elaine, we are down to the 3 of us, but know that David will always be joining us – forever remembered, forever loved. Thank you, David, for your love and being such a beautiful human being.

    Our deepest condolences to our dear Elaine and family.

  13. Many of us go through life leaving nothing but waves of mishegas in our wake. Dave was one of the good ones that left this world better than he found it! He used everything in his arsenal to include medicine, humanity, compassion, love, and humor. That will be the way I describe him to my grandchildren if given the opportunity.
    Dave was a special doctor besides great friend. He always treated his patients with respect and didn’t burry them in clinical goop, he spoke to them with respect and in a way, they would understand what was happening to them. He seemed to always find a phrase, term, or just a companionate word to put them at ease
    I was one of his patients from the hospital. I am not sure you know this but he saved my life not once but two damn times! During those times as well, as the subsequent care Dave and I would enjoy about an hour or so of kibitzing before he would even talk medicine God forbid :).

  14. I am deeply saddened and struggling to come to terms with the fact that my beloved good friend David has passed away. I first met David and Elaine from their trip in Africa in the 80s. I was a teenager back then. I was sobbing my eyes out along with another teenager after leaving a chunk of our relatives behind following our visit. I was sitting right next to David. He was very kind and patient with us and managed to throw in some humour to us, anything for us to stop crying. When we finally settled he went and got his beautiful wife Elaine who had been put in another seat and made another joke about the reason why we were crying. From then on we forgot our pain. David and Elaine were both amazing to us on that flight. I never knew that such wonderful people existed. They invited us to visit them in America whenever we were ready. I took the plunge and my life has never been the same. This became an unbreakable bond. I absolutely love David and Elaine so much and this will never change. They became not just my friends but my family. I am absolutely devastated that David has gone. My heart is heavy in pain for this loss. David was really a gift from God, who brought so much joy, love, laughter and happiness in my life with his wife Elaine. I am very lucky and privileged to have known him and Elaine. I shall cherish the wonderful times I was able to spend with him and Elaine. We have lost one amazing and incredible great human being. I am going to greatly miss him. May his soul rest in peace. His Legacy will live on through the many lives that he touched, “us.”
    My deepest condolences to Elaine, all of David’s family and friends. Please know that you are not alone, I am sharing this grief and pain with you.

    Yvonne K, London England

  15. Dr Scott was one of my favorite
    Doctors. I enjoyed speaking with him at my twice a year visits. I will miss him.

  16. I’m very sad to learn my favorite doctor has left us. He was my doctor for almost 20 years — he always rememebered when even when I didn’t come in often. As he said I needed to come see him more often, not just when I was in trouble (asthma). He took the time to ask about me. When he learned I was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder he wouldn’t let me leave until her contacted a friend and got me an appointment with him. He was one of the best and he will be missed!

  17. Hi Elaine… so very sorry to hear about David. Was always wonderful to see you both and your father at the restaurant. God bless and and my sincere condolences. Be well ..your friend Harold Cohen

  18. With gratitude for Dr Scott’s care of my mother-in-law in the 90’s. Dr Scott made the extra effort to write a letter for my husband’s employer. It enabled my husband to leave NC and spend final weeks with his mother (single, no other children) in CA when she needed him most. We will never forget his kindness and love of his patients. Sympathies to his wife and family who surely are cut from the same cloth. God bless.

  19. Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear. In your life you touched so many, how lucky l am and blessed to have met you and Elaine.

    Remembering you always beloved David and miss you very much.
    Much Love from Yvonne K
    London England

  20. I just found the page for Dr. David J. Scott and his memorial site. He was my doctor and was out of the office for a time and I just found out why. I am so sad. He was an amazing doctor and one you didn’t mind going to see. He also was the only doctor to recognize my hard to diagnose lung problem after years of being sick for long periods of time, and he probably prolonged my life for detecting and telling me what was wrong. I have missed him as it sounds like many, many have. I hope his family and friends might be uplifted by words still finding their way to reinforce how good we all felt about him and his work. I will continue to miss him and feel the loss of a good and positive person.
    LaVerne Owen-Barakat

  21. Dear Elaine,
    I was devastated to hear the news that your wonderful husband passed. He was my ONLY doctor for over 35 years. Tears are running down my face as I write this. Always greeted me with a hug and humor every time I visited the office. Took care of me twice when I was in ICU. There is no other MAN/DOCTOR like him. You were truly blessed. I did have the pleasure of meeting you once at the Manhattan Beach Fair where I was selling my mosaic frames. I gave you both one made out of seaglass so Dr. Scott could frame one of his beautiful photos. My heart aches for you and I pray for you. Cherish your beautiful memories. God bless and take care..
    Pam Small

  22. Elaine! I just now learned of David’s passing. I don’t even know what to say except that I’m so very sorry we weren’t there for you. 🙁

    You’re in my prayers! xoxo


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