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Jonathan LaVon "Scotty" Scott ( McCall 1948 )

posted: Feb 11, 2023

Scotty, 92, died January 18, 2023, in Rancho Mirage, California. He was born on February 2, 1930, in Nampa, Idaho, and grew up in Homedale, Idaho, where he graduated from high school in 1948. A gifted athlete, he lettered in football, boxing, basketball, and track and accepted a football scholarship to the College of Idaho. Scotty graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1952 after three and a half years. His post-graduate achievements included the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University, the Aspen Institute, and the IBM Computer Executive Program.

While in college, Scotty jumped at McCall. Making 30 fire jumps, including an impressive 14 fire-jump season in 1949. He ended his smokejumper tenure as squad leader in 1951. He carried the stories and friendships of his smokejumper career throughout the remainder of his life as some of his most cherished memories.

Scotty's military service began in the Idaho Army National Guard in 1952, after which he was recruited to work for the CIA. After two years in Asia, he returned home and went into the USAF as a fighter pilot. He completed his military service having broken the speed of sound in both the F-86 Saber and F-89 Scorpion fighter jets.

In 1955 Scotty started in the Management Training Program at Albertson, Inc. becoming President and CEO by 1965 at the age of 35. In conjunction with Skaggs drug stores, Scotty pioneered the revolutionary "combo" grocery/drug store that is the modern grocery store of today. Recruited to become CEO of The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, he ran what was at the time the largest retail grocery company in the United States. In 1980 Scotty started JLS Enterprises and also became a consultant for Saudi Arabian Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz and later his son, Prince Al Waleed bin Talal Al Saud, where they eventually built the largest supermarket chain in that country.

1987 found Scotty back in the corporate world as CEO of American Super Stores located in Pennsylvania. In 1988 he became the CEO of parent company American Stores and with the merger of Lucky and Alpha Beta stores created the nation's then largest supermarket chain of some 567 stores. Scotty was an avid general aviation pilot, big game hunter, Harley rider, and risk-taking adventurer throughout his life.