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Donald Scott Cockayne

Born: 10/26/1951, Salt Lake City, Utah
Death: 12/31/2020, Fruita, Colorado
Service: Pending

Donald Scott Cockayne, 69, of Moab, Utah, passed away Dec. 31. 2020 after losing his battle with long term illnesses.

Scott was born to Donald Charles Cockayne and Jacqueline La Ree Nelson on Oct. 26, 1951. Scott was raised in Salt Lake City, attended East High School and studied at Salt Lake Community College. Scott was a builder, a videographer, an adventurer, and a free spirit with a gift for helping anyone in need.

Scott was a worldly and eclectic soul, living in England and touring Europe as a teenager in the turbulent sixties. Returning to the US, he worked at Brighton ski resort as a lift operator where he developed a love for skiing and teaching others. A passion he carried through his life. As a young adult, he fell for the beauty of the canyonlands, moving to Moab, where he has been an influential member of the community for the past 50 years. As an entrepreneur, he founded one of Moabís first video stores, branching off into film and video production, and assisting with local music festivals. He was a skilled builder and craftsman, who left his mark on projects and lives all around him. He also had a passion for motorcycles, and loved the friendships of those with whom he rode. Scott loved nature and the outdoors, sharing the extraordinary landscapes, red rocks, and arches with those he would tour, or explore the Colorado River by raft. All who knew him canít help but feel his spirit in the pictures, the trails, and the water. He was loved by many, and all who encountered him saw his special spirit. He loved his family, his children, grandchildren, and brothers and sisters, whether family or not. Most of all, as an example to all of us, he simply loved. Scott leaves behind the loves of his life, his children, grandchildren, his dogs, and a long list of friends too numerous to mention, friends he considered family. His unique soul added a lot to this world. He will be missed.

Scott is survived by his daughters, Chrystal Cockayne and Lizann Frost, eight grandchildren, and his siblings Charles Cockayne, Terry Ann Baumann, Kyle Burdash, Kori Park and Michelle Kerr.

At Scottís request cremation has taken place and a celebration of Scottís life will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Scottís name to the charity of your choice.


I was very saddened to learn of Scott's death. I was introduced to Scott by my son, Ron Dickerson, a fellow biker. Scott was also the very kind landlord of my granddaughter several years ago and I once celebrated a birthday at Scott's home. I know that, as his daughters, you are in pain and sorrow. Though the pain will lessen, the love never goes away. Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your father, a very kind man.
- Diane Rynio

So sorry to hear of Scott's death. We have known Scott since our children were in kinder at Moab Christian Academy. Through the years, Scott has always been gracious, cheerful & just plain fun to be around. Please accept our deepest condolences & heartfelt prayers for his family.
- John & Kimberly Jones

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