Scott Douglas Allan was born on May 31, 1957, at Travis Air Force base in Fairfield, CA. He was the son of Keith and Nancy Allan, an Air Force officer and chemist, respectively. Scott lived the majority of his youth in Glendale, AZ where he spent his time camping in the desert, sharpshooting, and being fascinated with science, space and airplanes. He was brilliant and adventurous.
Scott excelled in academics and graduated from Glendale HS in 1975, then accepted an appointment to the US Air Force Academy. At USAFA, he joined the rifle team and became a 3-time letterman — a rare accomplishment, which Scott attributed to his fondness for precision. Upon graduation in 1979, Scott was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Air Force and was selected for flight training. His exceptional performance in flight school qualified him for fighters and, after a brief period as a flight instructor, Scott reported to Andrews AFB to fly the F-15 Eagle, the Air Force’s newest high performance jet fighter. It was during his years in service that he became known as “Woody” which was his flight call sign.
Scott separated from service in 1986, returned to Arizona, and became a pilot for Delta Airlines. Scott advanced through the ranks and became a Delta captain, flying Boeing 757/767s on international routes. He finished his career on the Airbus 330 flying the JFK-Tel Aviv route, always with his favorite Delta flight attendant, Jana, whom he met through their work. She shared his love of travel and adventure, so it was an immediate love story. They married in 2015 and together they have traveled the world several times over, living their life as one long honeymoon.
In addition to travel, Scott had a passion for outdoor sports and adventures. He was an avid water skier and enjoyed doing aerobatics, in planes such as The Great Lakes, as did his father before him. Scott never met a problem he didn’t want to solve, be it a broken appliance or a challenge requiring his clear-headed, calm logic. He had a zest for knowledge that included wanting to learn how everything works and then sharing his expertise with others.
Scott passed on May 5th, 2020 after a brief battle with cancer, surrounded by his family, holding hands with Jana and Brooke. He is survived by his daughter Brooke, devoted wife Jana, step children Leigh Ann and Carter, as well as his brother, Reese Turner, and sisters, Angie Turner, Summer Wilson and Autumn McCall. Due to the current travel and social situation, a celebration of Scott’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers or food, please direct any donations to one of the following organizations.
Scholarship Programs for Military Children via Fisher House Foundation
Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation