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Scott Douglas Allan May 31, 1957 - May 5, 2020

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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

https://www.militaryscholar.org/index.html

Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation

https://sarsef.org/

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    Jeanie says

    Dear Jana, I feel it’s safe to say that Scott was loved by so many. I hope you find comfort in all the wonderful love and memories you’ve shared together. My sincere condolences to you and your family. He will be missed.

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    Jim Robinson says

    Scott, thank you for inspiring my love of Science and flying, I owe a great part of my success in life to your friendship and mentoring. No words can express the sorrow I feel for your passing but the positive impact you had on my life lives on.

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    Nita Lohrke says

    So sorry for your loss. God has Scott in HIS kingdom . Forever missed And loved by all.

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    Mark Naro says

    Thanks for sharing this with us Jana. Stay with your sister for a while, forget about DAL. Glad to know you are surrounded by love. Call me if you need anything. Scott was one of my favorite people cuz he was so knowledgeable and even tho we do the same job, we have different talents and interests which always made for a great conversation and bonding. He loved you dearly. Keep that with you. Love, Mark Naro

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    Tuesday Sumortin says

    Dear Jana,
    I wish I could tell you so in person how very sorry I am for your loss!
    Love,
    Tuesday

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    Reggie Reed says

    please be well, Jana. My sincere condolences to you and your family

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    Lynda Snelling says

    We knew Scott through his wonderful Mom & Dad. We knew him to be a very smart & caring family member who paid extra attention to his wonderful Mother who passed away recently. Our sincere & deep sympathy to his wife, daughter , sister & brother and all his remaining family. Bob & Lynda Snelling

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    Dave Rhodes says

    I was Scott’s classmate at Glendale High and we two went on to be classmates at the Air Force Academy. Funny story – on day 1 at USAFA just after we had our longish locks shaved off, Scott came up to me and said hi and I didn’t recognize him! He said the only way he recognized me is my height. We did quite a lot together while at the Academy. Ironically, we also both flew the F-15 and overlapped a bit at Langley AFB in the late ‘80’s. I’ve seen Scott at several reunions since and met you, Jana, as well at our last reunion. I am dismayed to learn of his passing – he was smart and clever as well as accomplished – and had a great wit as well. Rare and valuable traits in a person. He will be missed

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    Jon Matz says

    I was a roommate of Scott’s at the Academy. My fondest memories include one night coming up on the Christmas holidays when a friend of ours came into the room for a little conversation. Our friend asked Scott and myself if there was a way to design a 13-sided snowflake to decorate his room with (why 13-sided? I have no idea). Anyway Scott pulled out a piece of paper and put it on his desk and just starred at it for about a minute. He then proceeded to fold it in an Origami fashion and handed to our friend — a 13-sided snowflake. His brain operated on a different level. I would also add that Scott was our class’ distinguished graduate in Mechanical Engineering. I will always remember him as brilliant with a nice sense of humor. Aimee and I send our deep felt condolences and prayers

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