In Memory

Scott Zylstra

Please help us with an obituary for Scott

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07/29/08 02:44 PM #1    

Julie Jackson (Wiggins)

Scott died from AIDS, as well as his good friend, Ken Cook. I believe he was one of the first people in Oak Harbor to die from the disease. His mother was quite the advocate for AIDS awareness I believe.

08/08/08 12:13 PM #2    

Randy Koetje

Thank you to Bob and Mignon Zylstra for providing Scott’s obituary (see below). They also forwarded information regarding a play that was written about Scott, titled “When Scott Comes Home”, performed by the Northwestern College Drama Miniseries Ensemble circa 1997-98. This play was an adaptation of Mignon’s book, When Aids Comes Home, Thomas Nelson Publishing, 1996. This play was also staged at the Whidbey Playhouse in February 1999.

Scott will always be remembered for his musical talents and sense of humour, both of which were exceptional! He was a very giving and unselfish individual, a great guy to be around. The world is a lesser place without Scott, he is missed dearly.

Scott H. Zylstra Obituary:

Funeral services in remembrance of Scott Henry Zylstra will be Friday, Sept. 22, 1989 at 3:30 pm at the First Reformed Church, Oak Harbor. Burial will precede at Maple Leaf Cemetery, Oak Harbor, at 3:00 pm. The Reverend Clint Webb and the Reverend Harlan Van Oort will officiate at the services. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Burley Funeral Chapel, Oak Harbor.

Scott Henry Zylstra, 29, died at Whidbey General Hospital, Coupeville, on Sept. 19, 1989 following an extended illness. He was born in Spokane on February 4, 1960 to Robert and Mignon Zylstra.

Scott moved to Oak Harbor with his family in 1970 and attended Oak Harbor schools. In sixth grade he was the recipient of the American Legion Award and was Student Body President of the Oak Harbor Junior High School. He later served three years on the student council at Oak Harbor High School, graduating with the class of 1978.

Scott continued his education at Northwestern College and was the recipient of the Outstanding Actor award at that college. He was also selected for the Heritage Singers which was a select tour group for Northwestern College. With this group he toured Holland and Germany and the United States. After two years at Northwestern College he continued his education at Capernway Bible College in Lancaster, England and became the director of the college choir.

Scott loved music and acting and had performed at the Whidbey Playhouse. He has the distinction of being the first and last Fourth of July King for the City of Oak Harbor.

Scott is survived by his parents Robert and Mignon Zylstra of Oak Harbor, two sisters Mrs. Heidi M. Sohn and husband LCDR David L. Sohn, USN, of Atsugi, Japan, and Wendy L. Zylstra of Bellingham. He is also survived by his grandmothers, Mrs. Bertha Mouw of Oak Harbor and Mrs. Johanna Zylstra of Oak Harbor; one niece, Rachel Lynn Sohn; one nephew, Brian Lee Sohn; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

Remembrances may be made to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Scott H. Zylstra Memorial Fund.

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