Rulon Stephen Scott III was born October 22, 1937 in Los Angeles, California to parents, Viola Gwendolyn Sorensen Scott and Rulon Stephen Scott II. Known to his friends as Steve, he lived most of his life in the South Pasadena area, attended John Muir High School where he participated in gymnastics competitions and in his first year at Brigham Young University, he was head cheerleader for the BYU football team. He spent several years in Utah, was married for thirteen years to Ilene LaRue Robinson Scott, and lived the last 14 years in Granada Hills, California with his second wife, Judy Lamppu.
In the early 60’s Steve served a mission in Berlin, Germany for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had many great stories of his time there including near-misses with the up-tight cold war police who guarded the area beyond Checkpoint Charlie at that time. He became fluent in the German language and gained a lasting love for the people he served as he helped others come closer to God.
As a corporate and production executive, Mr. Scott had overseen the business formation and corporate strategy of several firms and most recently, he envisioned and organized a newly launched Coalition of Songwriter & Music Organizations (COSMO), in process to become a 501 (c) 3 based in Nevada. His intention was to unite the grass roots smaller songwriter organizations in the indie music field into more of a coalition of community, all working together to accomplish more than each could do alone.
Mr. Scott's business history includes heading production of all live and televised shows at The Aladdin Theatre for Performing Arts, Las Vegas, where he supervised their creative, production and business affairs; As Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, he guided the financial and business activities of Cinetrust Corporation, Los Angeles; As a financial and business consultant, Mr. Scott represented the British merchant bank Claverhouse International, in London, negotiating film financing involving EMI Entertainment and British clearing banks Lloyd’s and National Westminster; Mr. Scott was administrative director of production and business affairs for Sed-Bar Productions, Burbank (formerly The Smothers Brothers Company) producing projects including the annual Las Vegas Entertainment Awards for NBC primetime and Movie-of-the-Week development deals with CBS and NBC. Mr. Scott served five years as President of Los Angeles Women in Music (LAWIM) and was on the board of the Los Angeles Shakespeare Company. He was most recently U.S. Division Chief of the Finnish Publishing and Record Company, Beem Records USA.
Mr. Scott held a BFA degree in Film from Art Center College of Design and a BSL from Valley University School of Law. Organizational affiliations included, IFP West, The Entertainment Coalition (ECO*USA), California Copyright Conference, and NARAS.
After a three-year battle with cancer, Mr. Scott passed away October 4, 2013, in the ICU of Ronald Reagan UCLA Hospital with his wife Judy by his side. He is survived by his wife, Judy, his two children, Mark Stephen Scott and Peggy Lynn Scott Wood, six grandchildren Corinne Nicole, Brandon Stephen, Michelle Loren and Carlie Rochelle Scott, and Aubrey Lynn and Courtney McCall Wood, as well as three sisters Carol Anne Giffin, Joan Lynda Roberts, Donna Valerie Lawyer and a large extended Mormon family.
Services were conducted by Rabbi Ahud Sela held at Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.