Dorinda Lee Scott

April 13, 1954 ~ September 7, 2020 (age 66)


Dorinda Lee Scott, of Austin, Texas, passed away quietly and unexpectedly in her home on Monday evening, September 7, 2020, at the age of 66. Born on April 13, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Don and Julia Scott, of Dermott, Arkansas. She graduated from Dermott High School, attended the University of Arkansas, and ultimately attained a degree in Biology/Geography and Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1976. 


Dorinda was an avid historian and environmentalist and worked with the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock (formerly Arkansas’s Territorial Restoration) to develop the Living History Program that continues today. She later worked for the State of Arkansas with the Natural and Cultural Resources Council before moving to Austin, where she spent nearly 25 years as the Information and Database Manager with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, from which she retired in 2010. 


Dorinda was known amongst her many friends for being a shining light in their lives. She was constantly smiling and upbeat, an uplifting force for all who knew her. Dorinda was passionate about protecting, loving, and preserving animals and the environment, and spent many years dedicated to that goal, both in her professional and personal life. She loved being on the coast and fishing, or any day she got to spend with her husband, whether they were hosting their friends or going downtown for live music.


Dorinda is survived by her soulmate and husband, Marshall May of Austin, Texas; her brother, Miller Scott of Alma, Arkansas; her niece, Lindsay Scott of Fort Smith, Arkansas; and many lifelong friends in Austin and Arkansas.  The family would like to thank the town of Dermott for giving her a strong foundation of love, and the community of Austin for allowing her a place to flourish and shine. 


No services will be held at this time, however there will be a memorial get-together in Austin at a later date. 

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