Honoring the Life and Milestones of Scott Michael Moskal —
Scott Michael Moskal, age 56, of Los Angeles, CA, formerly of Minneapolis, MN (Uptown), passed-away on March 1st after being struck by a vehicle and suffering severe brain injuries.
Scott was born April 13th, 1961 in Minneapolis, MN, the son of George Michael Moskal and Judith Mae Sarych. His dad was in the U.S. Air Force, which meant Scott’s infant years and early elementary years were divided among a few different locations: Minneapolis, Canago Park, CA, Amarillo, TX, and Fridley, MN. Scott’s parents separated when he was about 6-7 years old and then lived with his mom and sister, Debbie, in Minneapolis. From about 2nd grade, he primarily grew up in the south Minneapolis neighborhood of Uptown, attending Calhoun Elementary and Jefferson Middle School, but spent a short time living with his dad and stepfamily in Prairie Farm, WI. Scott missed Minneapolis, he wanted to be around the arts, music, and the energy of the city, and he wanted to graduate there, so he returned early in high school to live with his mom and sister, and ultimately graduated at Minneapolis West High School.
Scott was funny, creative, talented, and incredibly smart— At a young age, in elementary and middle school, Scott would often correct his teachers while in class. He was a stickler for details, accountability, fairness, information, history, and accuracy then and always would be. He scored very high on intelligence tests and so the content in school just didn’t really challenge Scott; it was really quite trivial to him. Scott loved sports; he played football and was on the wrestling team in high school. He also joined the band, learned to play the flute, but really his passion for music and learning to play the guitar was his heart’s dream. It was in playing the guitar that he could focus and just be Scott. Scott and his best friend, Bill Hill, whom he had met in elementary school, formed a band and started playing ‘gigs’ after high school. Scott also wrote concert reviews for a small local Minneapolis paper; often getting 1st row seats and back stage passes to some of the biggest names at the time. He had really found his calling, being in, doing something involving music.
After graduation, Scott attended classes at the Minneapolis Community College, downtown. He continued to study music and ultimately after applying for admission to the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, he was awarded a full music scholarship there. It was time for him to head west. In about 1982, Scott moved to L.A. and attended USC and earned a bachelor’s degree in music. While going to school, to earn some extra money, Scott started working in TV and film production and even became a consistent ‘extra’ actor on a few different movies and TV shows. He also took a part-time job, later going full-time, at Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. working as a studio tour guide, which he loved. He came to know and retain so much history about film, TV, actors, directors, and just thoroughly enjoyed sharing that info on his tours. Scott even tried his hand at writing scripts, once winning a Steven Spielberg script contest. Ultimately, Scott’s goal was to transfer into film and get into sound production at Warner Bros., but after a few attempts, and being up against so many candidates, it just didn’t work out for him. Still, he was passionate about his job there, later moving into an administrative role. He was content. He was just happy to be around the TV and film industry in any capacity, he really loved his job. He met so many people there— actors, directors, production folks, co-workers, all whom really became is WB family. Scott always enjoyed knowing his ‘office’ was Warner Bros. studios, movie, and TV sets.
Though Scott never married, nor had any children, he loved his family. His mom, dad, sister Debbie, brother Nathan, he especially adored his niece Samantha. Fondly calling her “Samikins”. He made sure she knew how much he loved her and how proud he was of her. Debbie and Samantha traveled to see Scott many times and when he could, Scott visited them too, in Minneapolis and later in Denver, CO. Scott and Samantha once took a trip to Washington D.C. to attend the political “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear”. They had such a great time together, exploring all D.C. had to offer on foot and bicycle. Scott’s family extended beyond his biolgoical family. When he moved to L.A. and attended USC, he lived in a large house with several other housemates. The owner Jan Bender and every one of his housemates over 30+ years became Scott’s surrogate family, often spending holidays and such with them when he couldn’t make it home. His friend Alex shared just how much Scott meant to him, having been his housemate the longest, for 23 years.
Scott kept his focus on his passions. Playing, buying, and restoring guitars. Collecting vintage comic books, frequently attending San Diego’s Comic-Con. Following his beloved Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings from afar and passionately debating anyone who would dare challenge him on his political opinions as a Democrat. He knew his stuff, of course, and was right on…
It was Scott’s hope to someday retire from Warner Bros., return to Minneapolis; buy a car and a condominium downtown. He wanted to live between the Minnesota Twins stadium and the Vikings stadium so he could easily spend time going to games throughout the year. He was also looking forward to spending more time with his family, since the distance over the years limited that. Unfortunately, that day will never come for him nor his family. Scott will be deeply and sadly missed by his family and friends, near and afar.
If there is a light or something good to come out of Scott’s death, it is that Scott chose to be an organ donor. Scott was able to donate many of his organs to several people who were waiting desperately for the slim chance of an organ donation. It brings comfort to know that out of his death and loss for our family came life for others and joy for their respective families. God bless Scott Moskal.
The family wants to thank all who prayed for Scott (and family) and the many doctors and nurses at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Preceded in Death By~
His father, George Michael Moskal; siblings, Richard Dean and Nancy Lynn.
His mother, Judith Mae Kozak; sister, Debora Moskal Goetz; half-brother, George Nathan Moskal; neice, Samantha Ann Goetz; surrogate family in Los Angeles; step-siblings, Kelline Gremsperger, Julie Gessell, Craig Stenberg, Susan Stenberg; many cousins, extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to: “Debora M. Goetz” at: 700 N. Colorado Blvd., #670, Denver, CO 80206. Family plans to donate funds to a charity close to Scott’s heart in Minneapolis and Los Angeles on his behalf.
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