Patrick Scott Chapin passed in peace surrounded by his family on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023 at the age of 68.
Scott is survived by his beloved wife Susan; his brother Bill (Carole); his children Annie (Rick) Martin, Josh (Lori), and Erin (Greg) Sittloh; his grandchildren Logan (Tara), Jackson, Aiden, Max, and Kerigann; and great-grandchildren Weston and Eleanor. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Mary and son-in-law Rick.
Scott was born on Jan. 20, 1955, in Hamilton, Ohio. He and Susan were married on June 29, 1974, the beginning of nearly 50 years of marriage that took them from Ohio to Texas to Nebraska and back to Ohio again. He loved sports, from his playing days on the basketball court and baseball diamond for Eaton High School (and one year of baseball at Wilmington College before he joined the United States Air Force) to coaching his daughters in softball and his son in Little League. He carried that passion into the stands, dutifully attending volleyball, basketball, baseball, track and field, and soccer events in support of his children (sometimes much to the chagrin of officials. But don’t feel too bad. They deserved it). In later years, Scott could often be found traveling far and wide to support his eldest grandchild, affectionately nicknamed Bump, for his spring, summer, and fall baseball teams, along with following Jackson, Aiden, Max, and Kerigann (forever his Ellie May) in swim, soccer, volleyball, and any other endeavor they attempted. Scott loved to sit with his great-grandchildren, and he passed his love of tractors to his great-grandson, Weston. Scott supported his family by working for Orkin Pest Control and Liphatech and with his true calling, farming.
Scott was most content when farming the land with his father and raising livestock that included but was not limited to: hogs, sheep, chickens, and one lonely, old goat, as requested by his daughter Erin. A gifted musician, Scott played trumpet throughout school, a talent passed to his daughter Annie and grandson Max. He also passed to his family a love of dogs (18 and counting between them), from Airedales to Schnauzers, Great Pyrenees to Pugs. Scott stayed active in sports throughout his lifetime with softball and basketball (known throughout the house as the Old Man League), and later became an avid fantasy sports player. In 2013, Scott won his fantasy football league without the use of a quarterback throughout the playoffs, a feat his son considers the most remarkable thing he’s seen in nearly 20 years of playing fantasy sports together. Scott’s happiest moments were when he was with his family, whether that was their time spent camping with family friends; helping his children prepare each summer for the Preble County Fair; or simply being together to watch his Cincinnati Reds or an old episode of “Gunsmoke.” Encouraging and dependable, Scott could always be counted on to believe in his children and grandchildren, even during the times they didn’t believe in themselves. His family is now symbolically gathered in the kitchen, patiently waiting on him to finish his feeding and come in the back porch from the barns so they can all be together again. We love you. We miss you. We are all better people for having been loved by you. Thank you, Scott; thank you dad; thank you papaw.
A memorial service for Scott will be conducted at 12 p.m., Feb. 3, 2023 at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Baker Chapel, College Corner, Ohio. Friends may visit from 11 a.m., until the time of service. Donations in Scott’s memory can be made to the Eaton High School Athletic Boosters and sent to Eaton High School, 600 Hillcrest Dr., Eaton, OH. For more information, or to send condolences to the family please visit www.ShowalterBlackwellLong.com.