Michael Scott Clift
May 5, 1975 ~ May 2, 2019
Michael Scott Clift (Scott to all who knew him) was born on May 5, 1975 in Toledo, Ohio, to David Michael Clift and Pamela Susan Kelley and passed away in Yachats, Oregon on May 2, 2019. Beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend, Scott walked in beauty on this Earth. He loved with his whole heart and put his soul into everything he did, touching the hearts of all who knew him. He loved his adopted home of Yachats, where he enjoyed hunting for agates, spotting anemones on the beach, watching sunsets, and visiting his favorite people around town. He was also a great music-lover - especially of the blues - and an accomplished saxophone player. But his true passion was cooking. He began his culinary training at the young age of fourteen when a local chef took him under his wing. He was expanding his skills, his recipe creations and his collection of chef knives ever since. Scott’s kindness and generosity were unrivaled in this world. May he find only warmth and goodness in the next.
We would like to thank the wonderful people who helped our family during this difficult time: Trooper Scott Severson of the Oregon State Police, whose warm spirit and kind persistence have been an enormous comfort; Celeste Bennecke and the good people at Bateman Funeral Home who have guided us throughout this process; Scott’s thoughtful co-workers at Local Ocean, as well as former co-workers from Alder Bistro and others; the lovely Rylie Kristan, who misses Scott’s sweet smile as much as we do; and Vicky Prince, whose kind assistance has been invaluable. And to everyone who helped Scott in times of need, as well as all his genuine friends who stuck by him through the years, in good times and in bad, we are so grateful he had you beautiful, positive people in his life. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.
On the morning of May 15, 2019, Scott’s family placed a modest memorial on the beach in Yachats State Park to honor his memory. We hope it remains there as a comfort to the town he loved so well.
The centerpiece of the memorial is Scott’s trusty pair of boots, which he referred to as his “Lambor-feeties,” for they speeded him wherever he wished to go.
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Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.