Junior Scott Wilford, a construction management major, passed away Thursday, November 29. He was 20.

Born May 28, 1998, he was raised in Sunnyvale and graduated from Homestead High School. Dedicated to his community and a Boy Scout, he spent a recent summer building a Little Free Library for his neighborhood. He came to Chico State in fall 2016 and immersed himself immediately in the construction management program, proving himself to be a friendly and dedicated student.

Professor Patrick Brittle said he had the privilege of having Wilford in a class last semester. He described him as someone who got along great with everyone he interacted with and was a bright presence in the classroom.

Scott Wilford stands in front of the Kendall Hall monument sign.

Faculty describe Wilford as engaging and a bright presence in the classroom. (Courtesy photo)

“His passion for construction quickly became clear in discussions regarding his previous work experience and the content of the class. I remember on multiple occasions where Scott would ask a question during a lecture and I would have to take a second to respond because I was impressed by his question and his thought process,” Brittle recalled. “Whenever group work was assigned in class, he would jump into discussions with his fellow students and begin diligently working through the assignment.”

This summer, Wilford took his classroom experience into the real world, interning with Cupertino Electric. In his free time, he enjoyed spending time outdoors and with his friends.

“Scott was a wonderful student, who got along with all his fellow peers,” shared professor Tyler Spangler. “He had a passion for fishing and being outside that you could see by talking with him.”

The University flag will be lowered Monday, December 3, in his honor.