Obituary: Scott Ballentine

Sunday, August 14, 2022 - 6:00am

Scott Ballentine, friend to all and stranger to none, passed away on June 20 at the age of 66. He was born August 28, 1955, to Earl and Vera (Jackie) Ballentine of Lincoln, NE.

Scott graduated from Lincoln Southeast HS in 1974, where you can still hear his laughter and stories throughout the hallways. His endless energy, charm, and welcoming spirit made all students feel included. Scott's early love for journalism started in High School, where he was on the Clarion staff, a class officer, and Student Council.

After High School, Scott attended Nebraska Wesleyan. Once he decided to graduate with a journalism degree, he transferred to UNL. He loved UNL and was proud to be an alumnus. Scott was active on campus, part of student government life, and a member of ATO fraternity.

Scott's desire to be active in politics led him to Washington DC after graduating from UNL. He worked for the late US Senator David Karnes in 1987 and assisted in event planning for a distinguished DC catering business. Scott made endless dear friends and contacts throughout his time in DC, and he had the unique ability to gather friends from all walks of life and political parties.

Scott returned to Lincoln to assist with his parent's health, and similar to DC, he became active in the community. Scott organized special events for nonprofits and friends, but his dedication to special events for the Nebraska Aids Project was a huge impact. Who else could talk the cast of Rent at the Lied Center and the following year, Lilly Tomlin, in to hosting an after-party fundraiser for the NE Aids Project? He was larger than life and made all of us feel like we were his best friend. We miss you, Scott, and all the joy and laughter you brought to so many.

Scott is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved dog Toby. He is survived by his cousins and many close friends.

Celebration of Life, 11:00 am, August 12th, at First-Plymouth Church, Lincoln. Scott's Celebration of Life will be Livestreamed at:

In lieu of flowers, memorials to UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications, First-Plymouth Church, or Nebraska Wesleyan.

Courtesy of the Lincoln Journal Star. 

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Scott Ballentine