Clarence "Scott" H. Coffey


(Jan. 5, 2006)

Memorial services took place Monday, Jan. 9 at the First Methodist Church in Powell for Clarence "Scott" H. Coffey, who died Thursday, Jan. 5 at his home in Powell. He was 75.

He was born June 7, 1930, in Memphis, Tenn., the only child of Clarence H. and Esther (Kurkendall) Coffey of Parkin, Ark. He moved to Powell in 1962 to begin his 28-year career as a junior high school teacher after attending the University of Wyoming where he received his teaching degree. He was married to Joyce Anita Holleman on June 30, 1961, and they then moved from Arkansas to Cowley, where they lived for one year before moving to Powell. They had four children.

He retired as a colonel from Wyoming National Guard in 1990 after serving as the A Battery Commander 1st 49 Field Artillery. He also served as the State Liaison Officer for the Wyoming 6th Army. He served as a Powell City Councilman from 1993 to 2005. He was a member of the Powell Education Association, Wyoming Education Association and a life member of the National Education Association. He also served as an officer of the NEA. He was a Past Master and long time secretary of the Mason's Absarokee Lodge #30, Past Grand Master of Wyoming and Past Grand Treasure of Wyoming. His involvement as a Mason included 32nd degree Scotish Rite of Free Masonry, Past Patron and Treasurer of Alcyone Chapter #27 O.E.S., Darvis Chapter #10 Royal Arch Mason, Zabud Council #6 Royal and Select Masters, Kalif Shrine A.A.O.N.M.S., Kefar Shrine Club and Constantine Commandery #9 Knights Templar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence H. Coffey Sr. and Esther Kurkendall Coffey.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce of Powell; his children, Brenda (Jay) Kaufman of Chicago, Keith (Renee) Coffey of Wynne, Ark., Craig (Terry) Coffey of Sarasota, Fla., and Scott M. Coffey of Billings; nine grandchildren, Corey Hill, Karie Neveau, Terra Tominelli, Brandy Coffey, Dayton Coffey, Levi Coffey, Casey Coffey, Chelsea Coffey and Travis Coffey; and five great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Susan Trembath, Seventy Frank Young and Seventy Gil Martell officiated at the service. Burial followed at Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Spirit Mountain Hospice in Cody or the OES Cancer Fund in Powell.