COSTA MESA — Jim Scott, a passionate Costa Mesa schools booster who led projects that included a new football stadium at Estancia High School, died Saturday of heart failure, his son, Jim Scott Jr., said Thursday.
He was 85.
A private memorial service was held for Scott on Wednesday in Corona del Mar. A service for the community is still being planned, with no time or date confirmed yet, Scott Jr. said.
Scott was known for his tenacity and persistence in getting facilities constructed at Estancia and Costa Mesa high schools. Estancia's football stadium is named after him.
Scott was also known for many feats and for his affiliation with Estancia, many who knew him said. He was like just one of the Eagles.
Yet he was also described as a pit bull — tenacious, yet loveable.
All the traits that made him were instrumental in having Estancia's new stadium and a new 50-meter pool at Costa Mesa High.