Scott L. Gardiner died March 28, 2017 in Seattle at the age of 71. He was born December 27, 1945 in Berkeley, California to Alastair and Roberta Gardiner.
Scott applied at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1976. He was hired in September 1976 as an Air Traffic Controller, received his training and move his family to Kent, Washington in 1977, where they still reside. He had a 30 year career with the FAA and retired as an Accident Prevention Specialist. It was reported that in this capacity he saved countless lives. Scott was passionate about teaching aviation and had a love for flying.
Beginning in the early 80's the FAA hired Scott to certify hot air balloon pilots. This carried over into his personal life as a hobby with his family. Scott created and built three hot air balloons in his home, one of which was a 90 foot tall strawberry ice cream cone. Scott flew the ice cream cone balloon at the Reno Hot Air Balloon race for many years.
Once Scott retired in 2006 he turned his interests to garden railroading, woodworking and spending quality time with his grandchildren, whom he adored very much.
Scott is survived by his wife, Diane Gardiner; daughters, Rhonda and husband Scott Thompson of Black Diamond and Tami and husband Ren Kapule of Black Diamond; grandchildren, Daniel, Kylie, Madelynn, and Blaine; and sisters, Trudy and husband Ken Anderson of Woodland, CA and Suzi Gardiner and husband Marc Fairgrief of Pleasant Hill, CA.
In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to honor Scott's memory can make a donation to Mountain for Mammaries c/o Valley Girls and Guys (VGG), 32207 Bruckner's Way, Black Diamond, WA 98010. Their mission is to provide the lifesaving gift of early detection to those in need. 100% of your tax deductible donation goes to fund this grass roots effort in the fight against breast cancer.