William “Bill” Warren Scott

William Warren Scott, 77, died Thursday, Feb. 15.  He was preceded in death by his parents Bernyece and Warren Scott.  He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Scott; his daughter Alison Doran Adams, her husband Tyler Adams, and grandson Reece Adams; his son Sam Patrick Scott, his wife Stephanie Scott, and granddaughter Madeline Scott.

Bill was a life-long Lawrence resident leaving Lawrence only to attend Bethany College and for a brief residency in Lindsborg before returning.

He dedicated his professional life to education.  He taught in the Lindsborg school district, Shawnee Heights school district, and Baldwin School district where he ended his career as the Principal of Vinland Elementary School. 

Bill touched the lives of many young men and women through his coaching of baseball, basketball, tennis, and track through Lawrence Rec programs as well as each school district in which he was employed. 

He will be remembered for his quick wit, incredible memory of trivia (sports, music, history—basically any topic).   He treasured the many friendships he made throughout his life; he never forgot a name or a face.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at the First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont Street, Lawrence, KS.

28 Condolences

  1. Mike Nash on February 19, 2024 at 6:00 pm

    Teacher, Administrator, Coach, and Best Yankee’s Fan Ever! Bill was never one to know a stranger anywhere…definitely a positive influence on many youngsters who will remember him with a smile on their face! To know him was to know how he loved sports and people!!! Rock Chalk Dear Friend!!!

  2. Bill Gusenius on February 19, 2024 at 7:58 pm

    I think Mike Nash hit the target with his comments . This is a friend I will greatly miss, as will many others.

  3. Doug North on February 20, 2024 at 7:54 am

    I know I speak for so many of his former students and players when I say he made a huge impact on our lives. I have no idea where I’d be right now if it wasn’t for him. RIP Coach.

  4. Dave on February 20, 2024 at 8:16 am

    Rest in peace ole’ friend.

  5. Brad Mickens on February 20, 2024 at 8:52 am

    Mr. Scott was a great example for all of his students. He was true to his words and cared deeply about his students and the impressions he left them with. I am grateful to have been his student and friend.

  6. John Oberzan on February 20, 2024 at 10:45 am

    Bill touched many lives during his lifetime and developed many friendships. We all lost a good man and I lost a very good friend. We will miss you Bill, but never forget you. Say hello to Mickey, Yogi, Casey, Whitey, Billy and the Babe for all of us.

  7. Arlen Zentner on February 20, 2024 at 10:52 am

    Mr. Scott played a giant role in my life starting in junior high and there are countless others that feel the same. What a great role model and example for young people. My prayers to his wife and family. He will be greatly missed, Rest in Peace!

  8. Paul Sivesind on February 20, 2024 at 11:38 am

    So enjoyed talking with him and being coached by him. Favorite memory of him was during basketball season, he would get so mad at the team and say Judas Priest. He could not stay mad and a slight smile would come across his face and we would go out and win the game. Great example for me in teaching and when I coached. RIP Mr. Scott.

  9. Dan Scott on February 20, 2024 at 1:11 pm

    Coach Scott was one of my favorite teachers and coaches. He had a huge impact on me as a player but, most importantly, as a person. The world was a better place because he was in it.

  10. Kristy Wempe Bellinger on February 20, 2024 at 1:13 pm

    It was a pleasure to know and work with Bill at the Sports Pavilion though Parks & Recreation. You could always count on a bright smile, and cheerful and warm ‘Hello!’ daily from him. I will remember him quizzing staff with all sorts of trivia and jokes, many ending in barrel laughs that echoed through the building, and being a good sport, when staff joked with him. He truly cared for everyone he worked with and that came into the Pavilion. He will be missed!

  11. Gary &Mary Freeman on February 20, 2024 at 3:03 pm

    Bill was my neighbor, friend and fellow “sports nut”. We spent many hours talking baseball, KU football and basketball and solving the “the world’s problems” which we never got accomplished. Bill was always ready for a good joke and I loved his sense of humor.He will be missed, but never forgotten. You’re in a far better place. Rest in peace, my friend, Gary.
    I first met Bill in August of 1986 at Shawnee Heights High School in Tecumseh (Topeka). I believe Bill was the new head boys basketball coach at that time. He was so happy to be coaching and so fun to work with! I loved his enthusiasm and joy for teaching and coaching! Sending prayers to Bill’s family, Mary

  12. Mark Henry on February 20, 2024 at 4:59 pm

    Mr Scot was an awesome Coach, And Teacher who cared greatly about his students and athletes. I enjoyed working with him. Bev and I send our thoughts and prayers to his family

  13. Steve Giddens on February 20, 2024 at 5:26 pm

    I taught and coached with Bill at Shawnee Heights HS. He was an excellent mentor for a newbie to the profession. He taught me that a relationship with the athlete is far more important than the outcome of any game. I will always remember his smile, and the positive outlook he brought to his classroom and the BB court. RIP RCJH KU

  14. Brian Ash on February 20, 2024 at 7:12 pm

    Bill, you were one of a kind. You took me in and helped mentor me as a young teacher and coach. I valued our friendship and all the things we had in common. Coaching baseball together at Baldwin HS was a blast and one of my most fun times as a coach. I will miss you! Love you!

  15. Bill Meredith (SHHS '87) on February 20, 2024 at 8:12 pm

    There are a finite group of people that make a huge difference in your life. Coach Scott was one of those few for me. 9th grade basketball was the most demanding, rewarding and life altering time of my life. Coach Scott was the epitome of what I consider a true Coach. He demanded and pulled the best out of me every minute of every practice and game. Line drills, wearing a weighted vest during scrimmages, his knack of saying or often yelling (one time disintegrating a stick of chalk on a locker room chalkboard with a hard throw from 15 feet away) the right thing at halftime when we were down. His methods worked on me and I loved every minute.

    I’ve told many stories to my wife and son about Coach. Basketball, his passionate Sports History class, working out with him every morning in my extended gym classes. Those were memorable times.

    Coach Bill Scott was a great man – the only man in my life that I still call “Coach” to this day.

  16. Thad Wellshear on February 20, 2024 at 9:56 pm

    Coach Scott was one of my favorites! He was firm but fair! He took the time to get to know his players! He helped me through very difficult times in my life! I would’ve run through a brick wall for that Man. Thank you very always being there for me Coach! Rest in peace…
    Love you

  17. Lynn Metzger on February 21, 2024 at 10:14 am

    We have lost another good member of the LHS class of 64. I have know Bill for many years beginning very early in grade school. Always a great person. We played together on the worst softball church team ever. Some of us talked Bill into joining in hopes of improving our team. Didn’t work out but, he stuck it out. Was happy to reconnect with him when he worked at Sports Pavilion Lawrence. RIP Bill. Condolences to the family.

  18. Maelyne Rider Schultz Class of ‘64 on February 21, 2024 at 11:55 am

    Bill & I were classmates in Lawrence. May he rest in peace.

  19. Trisha Brooke-Fruendt on February 21, 2024 at 2:55 pm

    Mr. Scott/Coach Scott,
    He was an awesome person. Always has a smile and was very genuine when he had advice for you or any other student. He gave many life lessons too so many throughout his years as a teacher at SHHS. Rest in peace. Prayers to the family during this tough time 🙏.

  20. James M Freeman on February 22, 2024 at 3:40 pm

    A good friend and classmate at Central Junior High and LHS. Have wonderful memories of basketball games in Bill’s backyard in Lawrence. Never too busy to lend a hand or provide a kind word of inspiration. Bill was a man who was able to inspire others through his integrity and selfless values. Rest in peace. Job well done.

  21. Dale and Debra Wieden on February 23, 2024 at 8:24 am

    There was nothing like watching a KU basketball game with Bill Scott! His enthusiasm was always contagious! We will miss his jokes, quick wit and friendship greatly. He was a great role model for kids, loved his job and inspiration to all that crossed his path. Our heartfelt condolences to his family. He was a one of a kind friend that we were blessed to have known!

  22. Carl Heinrich on February 23, 2024 at 9:46 am

    Bill was my first baseball coach. He was a great coach but also became a lifelong friend! Our relationship continued with our children as he was their principal at Vinland. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jeanne, Alison, and Sam. RIP Bill you will forever be remembered.

  23. The Tuley Family on February 23, 2024 at 10:20 am

    So sorry to hear of Bills passing. All my kids loved him as their Vinland Principal. As my son David said “ lost a good one. He will be missed.” Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  24. Judy Clark Walburn on February 23, 2024 at 2:58 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I was fortunate to know Bill since elementary school and we were in Sunday School together. Even at the age of eight years old, Bill showed a depth of compassion for others and when children were not always so kind, you could count on Bill to have your back. There were many times he had mine! We went on to be classmates at LHS in the Class of ‘64 and Bill was an integral part of that infamous Class! He was loved by all and I know will be missed by all who knew him. My deepest condolences to his family. Rest high on that mountain Bill, you have left a treasured legacy.

  25. Marsene Feldt on February 24, 2024 at 9:08 am

    Bill also had the roll of P.E. instructor at Vinland while wearing the principal hat. The kids all knew he genuinely cared about them!

    Thank you Bill, for all you gave!

  26. Shannon Everhart on February 24, 2024 at 3:29 pm

    I played town team basketball will Bill when I was a freshman at Bethany College. We played in a league in McPherson KS. What a great competitor. Always fun. He will be missed

  27. Charla and Lenn Kelley on February 24, 2024 at 8:09 pm

    What a fun young teacher! Lots of great memories. Prayers for his family.

  28. Keith Rasmussen on March 7, 2024 at 12:04 pm

    I put a lot of tape on Bill’s knee when he played ball at Bethany College. A good student and good friend.

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