John Scarborough

John Alexander Scarborough

Sunday, June 20th, 1954 - Sunday, June 21st, 2020
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John Alexander (Jack) Scarborough, 66, of Plymouth, New Hampshire, passed away peacefully at home on June 21, 2020.

Jack was born in Boise, Idaho, to Kermit W. and Jackie (Gilchrist) Scarborough on June 20, 1954.

He grew up in Meridian and spent many summers as a cowboy on his uncle’s ranch in Wyoming. His youthful experiences gave him an appreciation of nature and the outdoors. He was a Boy Scout and a member of the Order of DeMolay. As a high school student, he was on the rodeo team, and enjoyed success riding saddle broncs.

Jack went on to earn a degree in Animal Industries from the University of Idaho in 1976. He belonged to Theta Chi Fraternity. After graduating, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, and he proudly served the Corps for 21 years (with over 13 years on active duty and as a member of the Reserve). In 1983, he earned a master’s degree in Health Services Management from Webster University. After leaving active duty, he worked as consultant to the U.S. Government. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1998.

In 2000, Jack earned a master’s degree in Veterinary Science and Biotechnology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He then worked in vaccine research for Pfizer before retiring to Plymouth in 2003.

Jack loved the mountains of New Hampshire and Newfound Lake, where his family has a summer cottage. He enjoyed hiking, sailing, and skiing, and was on the Tenney Mountain Ski Patrol. He cared about Plymouth and the community, and served on the Town’s Planning Board, Zoning Board, and as a Trustee of the Trust Fund. Jack had passions for cooking and politics, which he combined to cook for Plymouth Area Democrats’ campaign volunteers.

Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Valerie (Nogelo) Scarborough, his son, Jay Alden Scarborough and grandson Fox Avi Scarborough of Plymouth, his daughter, Allison Lynn Scarborough of Austin, TX, and his brother, Kermit Scarborough of Boise, ID. He is preceded in death by his brother, Dennis Scarborough, and by his parents.

Jack will be buried in a private ceremony at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. A Celebration of Life will take place at a future date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Newfound Lake Region Association or Pemi-Baker Community Health.
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    NH Veteran's Cemetery
    110 Daniel Webster Highway
    Boscawen, NH 03303
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Carl Bonvini

Posted at 06:39am
All of our love to you and your family. Jack was a great man and I'm am better for knowing him

Janis Ahern

Posted at 09:52pm
Val and Family, Bruce and I are so very sorry for this terrible loss you have suffered.

We enjoyed reading about him, his family and the full life he lived.

Kind regards and deepest sympathy to you all.

Jan and Bruce Ahern

Alan Davis

Posted at 10:17pm
You are missed

Arthur Campbell

Posted at 10:20am
I had known each other since grade school. We were in Cub Scouts with Mrs. Ralph Lacey as our den mother. We weren't close friends. I remember one day in Junior High when Mr. Berg ask Jack if that was your real first name, and you respond no. Rest in peace, Jack.

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