Scott Long, 22 of Trabuco Canyon went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 12, 2005. Scott, Scottie to family, was born April 2, 1982 in Albuquerque New Mexico, but called California home. Scottie graduated from Aliso Niguel High School in 2001 where he was active in several sports, including football and wrestling.
After high school, Scott spent time with his Aunt and Uncle in New Mexico before enlisting in the Coast guard to serve his Country in June 2002. He was most recently stationed at Cape Disappointment Washington, where he and his family took great pride in his being one of the ‘Guardians of the Pacific Graveyard.’
Like his Mom, Scott’s engaging smile and easy-going personality is what most people noticed first. Scott loved the beach. Whether camping with his family on the annual surfari, a day trip to ‘Doho’ or ‘San O’ Doheny or San Onofre, or the big family vacation to Hawaii, Scottie loved the water – surfing, skim-boarding or just gofing around in the waves.
Like his Dad, Scott was also passionate about football and cars, the latter of which lead him into engineering with the Coast Guard. Scott started with a 1956 Ford pick-up, ‘selling’ it to Dad when he moved out of state, although he had recently talked to taking it back. It was fitting that Scott would be working on a truck when the time came for God to call him home.
Scottie shared a very special bond with his younger brother. They were inseparable when together, with Scott delighting in mentoring Robbie in football.
Scott was also very close to his parents and god, whom he came to know at 14 through Saddleback Valley Community church. Friends and family can be comforted by the assurance that Scott now rests in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior in Heaven.
Scott is survived by his parents, Ken and Kim Zapp, his younger brother Robbie, grandparents Ross and Loretta Yingst of New Mexico, Fay Redmond of San Clemente and Bill Zapp of Oceanside, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation will be Sunday February 20, 2005 ~ 3:00PM at O’Connor Laguna Hills Mortuary
Celebration services will be held at Saddleback Valley Community Church on Tuesday February 22, at 10:00AM
The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Scott’s memory be made to the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance program.