PATE, Scott David (Age 37) Scott passed away peace-fully after a short illness on November 7, 2009 in Oklahoma City. Born March 3, 1972 in Spokane, WA to David and Julie (Anderson) Pate, Scott spent his childhood participating in a variety of sports, developing a special gift in baseball. Scott, a 1990 graduate of Central Valley High School, continued his journey with baseball at Edmonds Community College and then at Oklahoma City University. After college, Scott found his calling coaching and mentoring baseball players. Serving as a scout for the San Diego Padres, Scott also coached the St. George's baseball team before returning to his alma mater in Oklahoma to coach college baseball. Scott's gifts were many, but we will always remember his fun-loving nature, his dedication to his family and friends, and his passion for baseball.
Scott was one of the most demanding amateur coaches I ever did games for. No one held me responsible for my calls more than he did. But he was fair about it and was never unreasonable and he never lied about what happened to try to gain an advantage.
I remember a time I ejected his star batter on a select team after just one pitch. ("You gotta be f***ing me", he told me after called strike one)
Scott came out and did what he needed to do to try to save his player and show that he would stand up for his team. But he knew the realities and didn't push too far or insult my work.
Rest in peace, Scott. You will be missed.
Rest in Peace.