James Scott May, formerly of Frederick, Maryland, passed away on Monday, May 31, 2021 from his world into the next after a seven month battle with cancer. He was 71.
Greeting him with open arms were some of his best mentors and fellow crane operators, as well as his beloved grandmother and foster mother. In life Scott spoke of these wonderful departed often, sharing stories of how they shaped his life.
He is survived by his wife Barbara and step-daughter Jennifer, both whom he loved dearly.
At ten years of age Scott went to live on a dairy farm with his foster mother, Margaret Clemson. She adored Scott from the start. Scott learned everything about his Holstein cows, and was hands on from calves to milkers. He even had a pet bull! As he grew older he took on more responsibilities and by 11 years of age he could back up a double trailer. The whole Clemson family: Margaret, Larry, James, and Paul, Jr., were instrumental in Scott's wonderful upbringing, as were Johnny and Jerry Creamer.
Scott entered the Army at age 18 and was his unit's best sharp shooter. He worked in supply and was also the General's personal driver.
When he returned home he began his quest for his passion job. He found it while watching the cranes across the street from his construction job. Scott became one of the best operators around and continued in his trade for 47 years! He loved his cranes! He had an outstanding reputation on the East Coast that started with apprenticeship school and ended up with 26 years at Johnson Crane, where his boss, Bob Johnson (now departed) and Scott became quite a team. He continued to operate cranes across the Southwest when he and his wife moved to New Mexico. He was well known, respected, and sought after. In work, as in life, he always gave his all.
Scott was a jolly fellow, friendly, personable, and cherished by young and old alike. He will be greatly missed but his spirit will live on. We look forward to seeing him again as God has promised.
A private military service will be held at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
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