Last Friday a group of Humboldt State students huddled around a pool table inside E & O Bowl in Blue Lake to admire two black vests covered with pins and patches that represent more than 40 years of bowling success.
The vests were the prized possessions of the late HSU bowling instructor Linda Scott. Scott passed away on Oct. 30 in a car accident on Highway 299.
Around 8 p.m. Scott drove the wrong direction on the highway and hit oncoming driver Francis Robert Borgelin, who also passed away.
Deputy Coroner Charles Van Buskirk said both drivers died of blunt force trauma from the car crash.
Van Buskirk said California Highway Patrol does not know why Scott was on the wrong side of the road, and the accident is still under investigation.
Scott and Borgelin knew each other prior to the accident; Borgelin did some electrical and plumbing work for the bowling alley over the years.
“He was a great man,” Scott’s daughter, Juanita Scott said.
Scott’s children, Bobby and Juanita Scott, decided to let students from Scott’s past and present classes select a pin or a patch off of the vests to keep as a memory of her.
“She always liked to teach [bowling],” Bobby Scott said. “She wanted to keep the sport alive.”
Scott started teaching for HSU around 22 years ago. The class, which is currently titled PE 118, was first taught at Arcata Bowl but moved to E & O Bowl when Scott and a partner purchased it in 1994.
Scott, along with her husband Keith Scott bought out the partner in 2001 and continued to run E & O.
HSU student Dan Schwab enrolled in Scott’s bowling class for the fifth time this semester. He described her as being well-liked and able to tell students when their technique was wrong.
“Linda was a tough lady,” Schwab said.
E & O Bowl Manager Darcy Malson will continue to teach Scott’s fall semester classes. Bobby Scott hopes to take over the class once he gets his United States Bowling Congress certificate to teach.
Bobby Scott and his mother Scott would bowl against each other.The two would badger and joke with one another over who was the better bowler.
“If she beat me she would let me know,” Bobby Scott said.
Aside from being an instructor at HSU and owning the E & O, Scott was an avid motorcycle rider and was a part of the Humboldt County Fog Dogs group as well as the Evil Shes. Both are motorcycle groups that ride together.
Scott’s Fog Dog “brothers” nicknamed her Linda Loud. Juanita Scott got the nickname tattooed on her right shoulder in memory of her mother.
Both Juanita and Bobby Scott recalled their mother as being full of life and energy. Scott was known to express her opinions and beliefs, but she was also a woman who cared about those closest to her.
“She was hard as a rock on the outside and a teddy bear on the inside,” Juanita Scott said.