Arthur "Art" Scott, a prominent local real estate agent known for his generosity as well as his salesmanship, was found dead April 28 at Stevens Creek Park outside Cupertino, the victim of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Santa Clara County Sheriff's officers have declared the incident a suicide. According to the sheriff's report, a park ranger spotted Scott at approximately 7:30 p.m., slumped inside a 2002 white BMW, parked near the boat launch area.
According to sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Terrence Helms, there was no suicide note, and there were no witnesses. Scott was listed in the report as a resident of Cupertino, although the family says he is a Los Altos resident.
A native of Royal Oak, Mich., Scott opened his own real estate office in Cupertino in 1996 after spending eight years with Century 21 and three years with RE/MAX in Sunnyvale.
As a Realtor, he was noted for his inspirational talks, cold calling techniques and ability to close a transaction cleanly. He joined Coldwell Banker in 1998 as a full-time broker associate.
Year after year, Scott was one of the top producers in real estate. While with Century 21, he was one of the top 10 producers in the nation for seven consecutive years.
"He has received nearly every honor that can be bestowed upon a top-notch sales executive," said George Monaco, Coldwell Banker's branch manager in 1998.
Scott started the Build-A-Box project in 1987. The program provided needy local families with an 18-pound turkey for their traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The program fed three families the first year, but grew to serving 250 families.
Scott also volunteered as a youth sports coach. He traveled throughout the country for real estate and sales training seminars.
Scott was a member of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, California Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Women's Council of Realtors and the Cowboy Charter of Christian Athletes of America.
His wife, Eva Jaso, and sons, Arthur John, Gabriel James and Brewster Lee, survive him. A private family ceremony has been held. Donations may be made to The Scholastic Fund for the Scott Children at St. Simon Catholic Church, 1860 Grant Ave., Los Altos 94024.