Jerald Edward “Jerry” Scofield
He loved all aspects of life and lived them all, both what we can see and that which is hidden…
Jerald “Jerry” Edward Scofield, 86, of Chelan, WA, passed away on January 11, 2014. Jerald Edward Scofield was born July 6, 1927, the oldest child of Gerald Soden “Bud” Scofield and Madleyn Wilhelmy Scofield. He grew up in St. Louis, MO, where he lived until he attended Western Military Academy in Alton, IL. Upon graduating from Western Military Academy in 1945, he joined the U.S. Army as an MP, but as the War was winding down, he was honorably discharged within the year. After being discharged, he attended St. Louis University and in 1948, he married Virginia Staten from Delaware, OH. In their early married years, the Scofields lived in and around the St. Louis area, and Ohio. In 1957, with three young children, they migrated West, stopping in Denver, CO, before settling in the Puget Sound area. Jerry eventually settled his young family in Gig Harbor, WA and went to work with Howard Roland of Roland and Roland Real Estate, acquiring a taste and aptitude for Real Estate development. Within the year, he started his own Brokerage Company, Scofield Realty. Under his guidance and direction, Scofield Realty eventually had six offices in Washington and Oregon, had 1600 investors and purchased and managed over 40,000 acres in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Hawaii, New Zealand and Fiji. During this time, the Scofields also had two more children.
Jerry’s largest land holdings and his greatest interests were in Chelan County, which captured his heart and imagination with its stark beauty. In 1965, he purchased the land to develop Riviera Chelan, known today as Chelan Hills. Jerry developed other projects in and around Chelan County such as Icicle Island Club, The Alps, Primitive Park, and Entiat Forest Camps. Jerry owned or controlled thousands of acres in Chelan County, but his greatest joy was Bear Mountain Ranch, a property he started buying in 1960, which eventually grew to 6,000 acres. The years between the start of Scofield Realty and the 1980s brought much change to Jerry’s life and his family. There were ups and downs, airplanes, sailboats and new starts. On September 14, 1982, Jerry married Mary Pat Hoover Scofield. With her help, they began studying the uses of Bear Mountain Ranch (BMR). Over the years, BMR was studied by UW School of Landscape architecture, looked at as a possible site for vineyards, and became a Cross Country Ski Area, hosting the Centennial Winter Games in 1989. He and Mary Pat built their home at BMR in 1993. After the Tyee Fire of 1994, they bought a house in Tucson, AZ, spending winters away from the devastation of the fire, returning in the Spring to work on the BMR project.
In 2000, Jerry and Mary Pat received the Master Planned Resort permit for BMR, at the time the second largest permitted resort in Washington State. He and Mary Pat developed the Golf Course at Bear Mountain with the help of Don Barth and Robert Yount, a Landscape Architect and North Cascades Bank. The head of the PGA agronomy department toured the course in 2005, and marveled that anyone could built a course without a famous name or designer yet still offering a first class golfing experience. Jerry once again pushed the market, offering predesigned homes overlooking the golf course, getting his design inspiration from Italian hilltop towns he had visited on European trips.
Jerry lived a very full life. He had a strong vision for what Lake Chelan could be with it’s amazing natural beauty, wildlife, and recreational possibilities. This passion is exhibited in his preservation efforts at Bear Mountain Ranch. He traveled the Northwest extensively with his amphibious planes and sailboats. His family has many fond memories of vacations, holidays and their time spent at Lake Chelan and Bear Mountain Ranch, with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who refer to him as “JerBear.”
Jerry is survived by his wife, Mary Pat Hoover Scofield; and his five children: Jerald Randall Scofield (Susan), Cindy Scofield Snapp (Chris Snapp), John Patrick Scofield, Christopher Lawrence Scofield (Ellen), and Libby Scofield (Ted Johnson). He is also survived by six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his sister, Sue Scofield Hase, brother-in-law, Rick Hase of Greenville, SC and their three children.
The family wishes to extend an extra heartfelt thank you to All Lake Chelan Community Hospital Staff - LCCH EMS and LCCH Home Health Hospice, as well as Dr. Montgomery and Staff at Seattle Cancer Care and Dr. Phil Chapman at Swedish Seattle.
At Jerry’s request, there will be no formal memorial service at this time. The family will be planning a Spring Celebration of Jerry’s life here at Bear Mountain Ranch, in which the entire community of family and friends will be invited. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 55, Wenatchee, WA 98807 or Lake Chelan Community Hospital, P.O. Box 908, Chelan, WA 98816. Cards may be sent to the family c/o 6685 Bear Mountain Ranch Road, Chelan WA ,98816. Arrangements assisted by Precht Rose Chapel, Chelan.