Scott Jay Darling

Scott Jay Darling

March 6, 1949 – October 15, 2020


Darling, Scott Jay, age 71, of Omaha, passed away October 15, 2020 after a courageous year-long battle with colon cancer.

Scott graduated from Omaha Benson High School in 1967 and the University of Nebraska Omaha in 1972, where he met Trudy Ford.  They married in 1971 and were blessed with three sons, Benjamin, Nathan and Matthew.  Scott retired from Woodmen of the World in 2007 after 33 years with the organization.  He was a man of deep faith and integrity.  The week leading up to his death was filled with visits from family and many close friends.  He considered his final day one of the best days of his entire life.

Scott was preceded in death by son, Nicholas; mother and stepfather, Evelyn and Gene Crawford; and father, Donald Darling.  He is survived by his loving wife, Trudy; sons: Ben (Caroline) of Omaha, Nate of Lebanon, NJ, and Matt (Elizabeth) of Omaha; sister, Kathy Hitzemann of Omaha; brother, Don Darling (Eileen) of Chicago, IL; mother-in-law, Barbara Ford; grandchildren: Jacob, Lily, Charlotte, Thomas, Nicholas, Maxwell, Evelyn, and Charles; and many other loving family members.

Private Service will be held for family only.  The Service can be viewed at 10:30 on Saturday morning at:  Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church, 216 S. 34th St., Omaha, NE 68131.

There will be a Celebration of Life in the Summer of 2021.



  • Carol Russell Posted October 15, 2020 6:43 pm

    I am so sorry!! I have known Scott since Benson High School days and my father had the privilege of working with Scott at Woodmen of the World. He will be missed!!

  • Barbara Mueting Greenwald Posted October 15, 2020 7:23 pm

    Darling family, I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed knowing Scott and enjoyed the many times that our paths crossed and our many conversations. I appreciated your community involvement and dedication to education and your community. Thanks for the many memories.

  • Joe & CeCe Bechtel Posted October 15, 2020 7:53 pm

    You have our deepest sympathies and are in our prayers. May God grant you comfort and peace.

  • Mary Meyer Posted October 15, 2020 9:45 pm

    Trudy and family,
    My deepest sympathy. I truly enjoyed knowing Scott. My prayers are with you and your entire family at this time. Mary

  • James Bridges Posted October 15, 2020 10:07 pm

    We send our Deepest Sympathy to Trudy and the Darling Family. Scott was a good friend to many and will be missed by everyone that knew him.
    Jim &Joyce Bridges, Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Cheryl Lambert Posted October 15, 2020 10:48 pm

    Love to your family during this very sad time.

  • Kathleen Roy Posted October 16, 2020 7:11 am

    Trudy and Family, So sorry for the loss of your loved one.
    May God Bless all of you.

  • Sue and Jim Ronald Posted October 16, 2020 7:33 am

    Sending you all our love and sympathy

  • Sue Ehlers Posted October 16, 2020 7:50 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Scott’s passing. He fought a courageous battle. He was a truly kind and compassionate man who really cared about others. I have known him for many years since back in the early 80s when he was my boss at WoodmenLife. I admired him very much. He had a loving and wonderful family and I am sure he will be missed dearly. I was very lucky to have known Scott as was anyone who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Suzanne Rogert Posted October 16, 2020 9:44 am

    it was my good fortune to meet Scott when he was one of the faithful board members at the Omaha Hearing School. I always enjoyed seeing him around town – he was always happy! I’ll be thinking of his family – who I know was the light of his life.

  • Denny Jorgensen Posted October 16, 2020 1:11 pm

    Trudy and family. I was deeply saddened to learn about Scott’s passing. Larry Saxton let me know today. Scott was one of the most decent persons I ever knew. My memories of him, particularly in our college days, are so positive. It was an honor to know him and call him a brother.

  • Larry Rader Posted October 16, 2020 1:41 pm

    Scott and I worked together for many years at Woodmen. Not only was it a pleasure to work with Scott but you could have no better friend. Sheryl and I were fortunate to have been with Scott and Trudy on our last visit to Omaha. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Trudy. We will always miss you Scott. Larry and Sheryl Rader, Tucson, Arizona

  • Meriel Mellor Posted October 16, 2020 5:20 pm

    Stephen and I are aching with sorrow. We were blessed to be friends with him and Trudy and watching them be wonderful friends, parents, and grandparents. We will truly miss him- he was bigger than life.

  • Tom and Karen OConnor Posted October 17, 2020 8:04 am

    Our hearts are broken today.
    Scott Darling was the most kind, loving person we have ever known. A true gentleman in every sense of the word.
    Our sincere sympathies to all of you and especially to Trudy who has lost the love of her life.
    Scotty will be in our hearts and minds forever.
    Tom and Karen OConnor

  • Dick & Annie Anglin Posted October 17, 2020 8:57 am

    We are deeply sorry for your loss. It is a privilege for us to have known him and call him a friend. He will be missed.

  • Liz and Steve Walenz Posted October 17, 2020 9:05 am

    We send our love to your family. Scott was an amazing dad, grandfather, husband and father in law. We are honored to have known him.

  • Carol A Sanderhoff Posted October 17, 2020 11:41 am

    My first thought was ‘rats’. I remember many good times with Scott and Donny and Kathy. when we were growing up. He was a truly nice guy. May all his family find comfort in the good memories. Carol Martig Sanderhoff

  • Nan O’Brien Posted October 19, 2020 10:51 am

    Trudy and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Scott’s passing. He was such a nice person.
    We enjoyed having you all as our neighbors.
    May you all find comfort and peace.
    Jim, Jane, Meghan and Nan O’Brien

  • Katherine Hoffman Posted October 24, 2020 9:55 am

    So sorry to hear of Scott’s passing.

  • Linda Bachorski Posted May 6, 2022 10:51 am

    A couple nights ago I had a dream working at Woodmen with Scott as my supervisor which he was in the 80’s. I live in California since 1996 and looked Scott in google and read that he passed away. I’ve had many bosses and supervisors in my life and Scott was my favorite. I remember I was going through a divorce and went on a trip with a girlfriend and decided to stay a few days longer. Because of that my job was in jeopardy and Scott persuaded the upper manager to keep me. I lost my husband to a heart attack in 2010 and also my son in 2009 and think of them every day.. I stay strong for my daughter, grandson and another grandson due August. Life goes on and so do we.

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