We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Dakan Funeral Chapel
Scott Reed Bressler MD, a loving father, husband, grandfather, extraordinary doctor, and friend died on August 1, 2022 at the age of 62 in Caldwell, ID. He was taken from us way too early! He was born October 27, 1959 in Cheyenne Wyoming, to Marlene R. Reed and Larry K. Bressler.
Scott was the eldest of three siblings, he shared close relationships with his younger sister Donnelle and brother Christian, but he never let them forget he was the eldest. They moved and lived in many cities in the US due to his father’s job.
He received the highest education level with his doctorate of medicine from the University of Washington, Seattle via the WWAMI program.
When he finished medical school he moved to Boise for his first year of Internal Medicine residency through a pilot program between the University of WA/Boise VA Hospital. He met his wife, Janet Kilmartin, at St. Luke’s Hospital, and with 33 years of marriage later the rest is history.
After his residency, Scott fell in love with the Caldwell Internal Medicine Group to which he immediately found a home on the outskirts of Caldwell and planted roots with his wife. They proceeded to have two beautiful daughters Abbey and Rachel.
He started working for Caldwell Internal Medicine. He felt like he had struck gold working alongside these talented doctors whom he admired greatly.
After twelve years Scott left the group practice to become a true independent doctor, where he opened up his own practice, Total Care Medical Clinic. Many people told him he couldn't make it on his own, but he proved them wrong. Scott asked Janet to help him at his office just for a week until he was confident his vision would succeed. The joke was on Janet though because one week turned into 17 years. The office truly became a family affair. Their daughters were a common sight around the office after school and during the summers, to which they were promptly put to work by Scott. He became much more relaxed when his two grandsons Bowen and Emmett came along. Patients would find Scott on the floor playing with his grandsons, or carrying them atop his shoulders. Their biggest smiles were from witnessing Papa Doc sitting on the floor trimming patients toenails with Bowen sitting right beside him.
Scott’s true passion was practicing medicine. He loved working through complicated symptoms. He took it personally when he couldn't help finding a cure. Scott always felt his biggest compliments were how all his patients were not just patients, but friends. He went above and beyond to help them in any way he could, even if that was sitting down for a fews hours just to talk.
Scott had many accomplishments, too many to fully list. He held several positions during his time at West Valley Medical Center. He helped out in the community through many organizations including the AIDS Clinic, Rotary and Elks Club. He liked helping behind the scenes and not needing the recognition. Scott was a nature loving, curious, and playful man. He had a special bond with all animals, but especially dogs! He loved flowers and gardening, which is where he spent most of his time that wasn't being spent with his patients or family. He prided himself on teaching his girls the names of all the different animals that came to visit Yellowstone which was a favorite place that held many memories. Another special place was the family cabins in Keystone, WY. Precious memories with family and cousins hiking, fishing, and sitting around the campfire telling stories. Scott had an insatiable desire to learn all that he could and share with others. He was a voracious reader with an interest for every genre and subject. He was an outdoorsman with an active passion for bicycling, kayaking, fishing, camping and snowshoeing.
Scott leaves behind his loving wife Janet, daughters Abbey (Jason Eavenson) Bressler, Rachel Bressler, grandsons Bowen and Emmett Eavenson. His father, Larry Bressler-,WY, sister, Donnelle (Bob) Foster-CO, sister in law Paula Schafer (Brad)-OR, Patricia Kilmartin (Steve Schmidt)- ID, nieces Brittney and Megan Kling-CO, Riley Kilmartin Schmidt -ID, and Bailey Schafer- OR and nephew Blake Schafer-OR. Aunt Judy and Uncle Don Day-WY and cousins Patrick Day (Beth)-WY, Robin Holbrook (Doug)-CO, Don Jr.Day(Heather)-WY and anyone that considered him a friend. Scott was preceded in death by his mother, Marlene Bressler, brother, Christian Bressler, son Ryan Fergus Bressler, in-laws Fergus and Dolores Kilmartin, and cousin Brian Day.
A special thank you to his team of doctors, Dr Travis Williams-Independent, Dr. Benjamin Powers-St. Lukes, Dr. Don Rapheal Wynn, Dr. Benjamin Stewart, Dr. Richard Lochhead-St. Als and Dr. Richard Augustus-WVMC, and his STARS therapy family-Brittany, Christine, Heather and Julie. Scott and his family truly appreciated the teamwork and exceptional care they showed!
A Celebration of Life will be held on September 16th, 2022 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Caldwell (open house) outside at the pavilion from 3:00pm to 6:30pm. Please don’t wear black unless it is your signature color. Donations may be made to the West Valley Humane Society(www.westvalleyhumanesociety.org), K9s for Wounded Warriors(email@example.com), or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Dakan Funeral Home, Caldwell, ID
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