Scott Alan Larson, age 53, of West Chicago, passed away Thursday, September 26, 2019 at home with his loving family by his side, after living with pancreatic cancer for the past 9 months.
He was born June 16, 1966 in Rockford, Illinois, the son of Roy Vincent and Geraldine Tondi (Larson) Cygnor.
Scott attended Rockford Guildford High School and graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1988, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He received his Masters of Arts degree in Education and Spanish from the University of Illinois-Chicago. As part of this program, he taught English as a second language as well as other skills of assimilation.
In 1998, Scott began his teaching career at Batavia High School, first as a Spanish teacher, later as a film and media production teacher. As a Spanish teacher, he traveled with students to Spain and South America, where he helped them further develop their bilingual skills as well as their appreciation for Latin American culture. Scott also traveled to Ghana with students, where they helped a community build a new school. He viewed trips like this as transformational and recalled Ghana as being“one of the most beautiful places on Earth.”
Scott found great joy in teaching film and media production and was excited to establish this program at Batavia High School. His love for photography and film inspired many students to go into the field of media production following graduation. He was also actively involved in the Midwest Media Educators Association, a group developed to help high school teachers share ideas, techniques, information and technical knowledge about television/media curricula and activities.
Scott was an avid tennis player and also loved biking, hiking, yoga and snow skiing. His knowledge and love of music was unparalleled. Scott was well known among friends and family for his excellent music tastes and playlists, and will always be remembered as a concert buddy and host of living room dance parties. He had a great sense of humor and after taking the time to become familiar with a person, had a remarkable ability to make them laugh. Scott was a devoted, loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend and he will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years Marya Chapiesky of West Chicago; children Stella Larson and Egan Larson; Mother Geraldine (John) Cygnor; Brothers Dan (Dyan), Mark, Bruce (Kim) Larson; Sister Kristin (Barrett) Baker; and many other close relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Roy Vincent Larson.
A memorial service for Scott will be held Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:00 am at Malone Funeral Home, 324 East State Street/Rt 38, Geneva.
Visitation will be held Friday, October 11, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State Street (Route 38), Geneva.
Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to PO Box Collective which is an intergenerational center for art and community building in Rogers Park, Chicago. You can donate online at http://poboxcollective.us/donate/ or send to PO Box Collective, 6900 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, IL 60626.
Or GirlForward, P.O. Box 607516, Chicago, IL 60660, or donate online at https://girlforward.kindful.com,
Or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) https://www.pancan.org
For information 630-232-8233 or visit malonefh.com.