Donald Scott Lee

Scott Lee

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Retired amateur family genealogist. Born in Southern Oregon and served in the USAF for 8 years during the Vietnam War era.

I was born in Grants Pass, Josephine County, Oregon. My parents were from Southern California. Wendell Orie Lee, my father, was born in Bellflower, California, and my mother, Marilyn Maxine Miller, was born in Long Beach, California.

My grandfather, Orie Finiae Lee, bought some land near the Oregon Caves, outside of Cave Junction, Oregon, in the Illinois Valley about 1938. His home was in Downey, California, but he would live in Oregon during the winter. Grandpa Orie, gave some land to each of his three children and they all built homes there on the property, about 200 acres.

Every year the whole family would go back and forth from Oregon to California, where they operated a wholesale watermelon company. Grandpa was friends with the man who started the Alpha Beta Market chain, so we spent every summer delivering watermelons to the stores around Los Angeles. I threw a lot of watermelons as a young boy, but grandpa paid me well at 1 cent per melon. Somedays I would pitch up to 2400 watermelons, so as a young kid I had plenty of change to spend on corn nuts, jerkey, smoked salmon...oh yeah and my clothes too!

In 1956, my family broke up, and my childhood friends in Southern Oregon were just a memory. I made new friends, and continued to work for my grandpa until I enlisted in the Air Force, after graduating from Granada Hills High School in the San Fernando Valley in 1963.

I became a medic in the Air Force, serving at a remote site near the Black Sea, in Turkey, during the Cold War. It was a communications site where we monitored Russian activity. I learned to suture and cast, run the pharmacy, took and developed x-rays, and run laboratory tests etc.

When my 18 month tour ended, I was sent to Tokyo, Japan. There, I became what the Air Force called 'Charge of Quarters' running the dispensary at night on my own. I pretty much did the same thing in Japan as I did in Turkey and became Emergency Room Inspector of all the dispensaries at the bases around Tokyo.

My last six months in Japan with the Air Force were spent unloading and loading wounded G.I.'s from C-141s, the StarLifters, and transferring them to the 20th Casualty Staging Unit at Yokota Air Base during the Vietnam War. So many young men with no arms and legs were in my care and at the age of 19 to 21 it was difficult for me to see them die on the litters before they reached their homeland. God Bless Them!

I married a Japanese girl in 1967, and brought her back to the states with me where I finished my second 4 years at Mountain Home AFB, running the Emergency Room at night. I was selected for Independent Duty and went through more training in Texas. Upon my return, I asked for an early release, and was offered the position of Warrant Officer, Physician Assistant, with training at Duke University, but I declined, and went home to Oregon. I had had enough of the military life, which I must say, taught me a lot about people and places.

After returning home I was offered the same education for the first of the Physician Assistants through the new MEDEX program at the University of Washington, but again I declined. I had seen enough sick people, wounded and dead, for a lifetime! Although my mother wanted me to go to Medical School and I enrolled at the University of Oregon. I was 25 years old.

While studying at the U of O, I became friends with the head professor of Japanese, Ms. Yoko McClain. Her grandfather was Natsume Soseki, the Japanese novelist, and a scholar of British literature. He was on the Japanese 1000 yen note for 20 years and died in 1916. Yoko McClain encouraged me to return to Japan and study there. I was accepted a spot in the Japanese Exchange Program through Oregon State and my wife and I were off to Tokyo was again.

I attended Waseda University, one of the oldest universities in Japan. While I was studying there I took a Japanese Literature course that was taught by the personal friend of Natsume Soseki, he even bragged that he was wearing the novelist's sportcoat. One day, the folks at NHK-TV and Radio Studios came to visit our class and I was selected along with a young lady to present the reasons why Americans were interested in Japanese Literature. After the presentation, the NHK executives offered me a job as an International Disc Jockey. NHK is the state-run radio and television, 'Nippon Hosokyokai'.

After six months of broadcasting current events and music in English, I was offered a television job on the English conversation channel. I took the position, now studying at Sophia University, and became known throughout Japan by english conversation students. While there I was offered a position as Chief Foreign Instructor at the ECC Conversation Schools. I traveled around Japan, making visits to their schools promoting conversational english. I also had my own students, about 80 as I now recall, every night at home I was met by students in my home, business men, housewives, and children. Among the classes I had were Bowling in English for the ladies, Telephone Call Conversation for the businessmen, and games in english for the kids. Life was very busy indeed!

Along with all of that, I took an associate position at the West English Schools, making impromptu visits to Mr. Nishi's West English School students. i suppose I was more of a celebrity to the students as I was on TV pretty much everyday and they all new me...even the little ones. They studied so hard as it is difficult for Japanese to speak English and vice-versa.

While at NHK-TV, I became a very good friend of Mr. Tazaki who was head of the English Conversation program. Mr. Tazaki was known throughout Japan and Korea and Taiwan et al. A very famous person, involved in all sorts of programs, and he made me part of his small group. We would travel around, making English records call Sono-Sheets. Small english conversation booklets with an audio record on the back page that could be ripped out and played on a phonograph.

One day I had Mr. Tazaki (Tazaki-sensei) visit my private students at my home. He noticed that I had made small pamphlets with cartoons and simple english for my students. He told me that if I cleaned up the copy and add extra information, he would get me published.

I called it 'American Life in Pictures'. Mr. Tazaki would make comments on each issue and we published 12 issues in a prestigious english professors journal. I was the first to ever be paid for my work in that journal and the first to be able to use color.

Unfortunately, one summer, I had a head-on collision with another car. It was not my fault, but since I was a well-known NHK teacher, the family wanted a lot of money from me, since I was a foreigner and if I wasn't in Japan the accident wouldn't have happened. The family tried to block my exit from Japan. By that time I had a little girl and I decided I had to leave Japan in sake of her well-being. I closed my bank account, bought tickets on Pan Am and never looked back. I actually left my home and all of our belongings there.

Upon my return to the U.S. I was hired by a radio station to write copy. Not well paid for the time I put in I applied to a pharmaceutical company. I had several positions in pharma and spent the next 28 years of my life in the pharmaceutical industry.

During that time I launched my salad dressing as 'Salad Shogun' and sold it in the Safeway Stores, Albertsons and other market chains in the Northwest. I also sold it to over 100 stores up and down the West coast.

At this time, I had two little girls and not much personal time. So, I sold the dressing and started spending time at home with my girls. As I look back, I think I made the right choice. I am now 5 times a grandpa. Oh, I still made another salad dressing, called 'Cinque Terre', a mediterranean style vinaigrette. This I sold to the pharmaceutical company using it for large medical luncheons. One thing I learned in all of this is that the most important thing in life is the time one spends with their families.

I retired in 2004, just in time to relocate to the great sunshine state of Arizona. I divorced in 1994 and met my 2nd wife while rafting the rivers of Costa Rica. We have been together now for 22 years. She is now a retired veteran Delta Flight Attendant of 30 years.

Upon my arrival in Arizona, I bought a Harley Road King and founded the Central Arizona Bikers Group. I road the highways of Arizona with up to 70 bikers. I became known as 'Reggae Rider'. All members were givien a road name. No, we were not 1 percenters, we were professional families, retired, business owners, policemen, and their spouses. We raised money for families in need, and food banks through having bike rallies.

I stepped down as the leader after a few years and started riding around America. I have visited 49 states. Then one day, my heart rate went up to 230 bpm and I was told that my atrial valve was bad...since birth...and that if I didn't have it replaced, I was looking at 6 months! What! I'm in great health doctor and by the way have you ever done this operation before?

My friends and associates urged me to go to a large medical center somewhere, anywhere, they said, except for the town of Prescott, Arizona. No, I said, I like this doctor, and by the way his name is Dr. Lee. Everything went fine, and then my doctor left town and I never saw him again. He is my angel for sure, wherever he may be today! Dr. Vincent Lee.

After my surgery I sold my harley, my trailer, my helmet, leather and everything that had to do with the biker life. Yes, I saw a few bikers dead on the highway from cars that didn't see them! I now spend my time playing tennis three to four times a week, and working on WikiTree profiles. I just completed two large family albums for both of my girls, complete with hand-drawn cartoons on handmade family trees back to the colonial era. I have come to believe that those who don't look back at their ancestors, at who they were and how they got us to where we are are like, the Chinese proverb that says "to forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root."

Thanks to all the folks that research genealogy. I appreciate all of your work. It is so amazing, my relatives, cousins, aunts and uncles who came before me. Their lives, their work, the way they made their way through everything that came their way! It makes me a better person and a patriot!

And I will end with this quote from the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, "If we tried to sink the past beneath our feet, be sure the future would not stand."

Please visit my genealogy website at with genealogy on over 50 related families.

Donald Scott Lee aka Scott lee


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My line includes several ancestors who fought in the War of Independence, Washington, Sackett, Lyon. I am presently working on Mexican-American War identifying profiles, adding profiles, and writing bios. Thank you very much! Scott Lee
Grew up in this state, still have home there in San Diego although I live in Arizona. Working on the Mexican-American War Project and interested in the effect it had on the Republic of California.
Member of the Miltary and War Project; identifying veterans and adding profiles and bios; 1812, Indian, Mexican-American, Civil and WWI. Vietnam Vet 1963-1970
8 year veteran of Vietnam era. Served in Turkey during Cold War; Served in Japan during Vietnam War at 20th Casualty Staging Unit; Independent Duty Medical Tech.; Mother-in-law is from Mexico; Wife is half Spanish-Italian. Would love to join the group and get acquainted with the Mexican-American War; My third great-grandfather, James Archibald Steele, took part in the march under Colonel Doniphan's command from St. Louis, MO. to Mexico. I love history!
Lots of notables in my family lines. Presently building profile for Major General Thomas Sidney Jesup, Quartermaster General, et al. Connecting General Jesup's wife Lucy Clark, my 1st cousin 6x removed to her brothers, William Clark, Explorer, and George Rogers Clark, Conqueror of the Northwest.
I would like to join the Puritan Great Migration Group.
New voting member
As many of us do, I have several presidents in my lines. I have always known that George Washington was a cousin as I have a letter written by a relative back in 1897 showing that George was my 8th cousin. Many folks were investigating their relationship to Joseph Ball at that time so they could get in on his estate, which was quite large. However, after starting to research my ancestors, a 4th cousin contacted me and told me that the family tree in my letter was false. Boy oh boy, all those
Working on Mexican-American War adding profiles and writing biographies; including Civil War; I am a 8 year veteran serving during the Cold War at remote Turkey communications site and during the Vietnam War, served at the 20th Casualty Staging Unit at Yokota Air Base; Independent Duty Medical Technician.
I have several ancestors like everyone else who were veterans of the Civil War conflict. Also I am finding that many of the veterans of the Mexican-Amercian War are also veterans of the Civil War.
Studying the conflicts of the Mexican-American War and it's effect on the Southwest; Civil War, and all of U.S. History. Interested in the history of California. I have a major in East Asian Studies from Tokyo, Japan.

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On 2 Jan 2018 at 23:27 GMT Honi Kleine wrote:

Hi Scott! Thank you very much for the tip about Eliza (Harle) Stith. I was just now able to find their marriage record because of your correction. ~Honi

On 2 Jan 2018 at 14:48 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As I always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

On 21 Dec 2017 at 16:28 GMT Richard Ragland Esq. wrote:

With all those children, Jeremiah Pate didn't have time to get married until 1755, would be my guess.

Matter of factly, Dick Ragland

On 21 Dec 2017 at 00:22 GMT Richard Ragland Esq. wrote:

Great Scott!

Tnx for "them" kind words. Unconditionally, Dick Ragland

On 20 Dec 2017 at 20:41 GMT Bill Carmichael II wrote:

Hello Scott, Thank you for the information, I've already made the changes. And yes on the photo, I appreciate all the pictures I can get, I wish every profile had one. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Bill Carmichael

On 18 Dec 2017 at 05:41 GMT Stuart Bechman wrote:

Hey Scott, thanks for your comments on [Ball-224|Sarah Ball Custer]: "I don't think that this line is correct. Sarah Martha Ball was the daughter of John Ball and Sarah Martha Rhodes all of Pennsylvania. They are not related to the Millenbeck Balls of Virginia unless perhaps it was back in England."

Can you provide more details on your position? It's tough to evaluate unless you can tell us your sources and how you came to that conclusion.


On 18 Dec 2017 at 05:41 GMT Stuart Bechman wrote:

Hey Scott, thanks for your comments on [Ball-224|Sarah Ball Custer]: "I don't think that this line is correct. Sarah Martha Ball was the daughter of John Ball and Sarah Martha Rhodes all of Pennsylvania. They are not related to the Millenbeck Balls of Virginia unless perhaps it was back in England."

Can you provide more details on your position? It's tough to evaluate unless you can tell us your sources and how you came to that conclusion.


On 6 Dec 2017 at 00:34 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:


Just a heads up that we're receiving bounce notices from your email account. Looking at the information they've sent us, there is a spam filter active on your account that has us listed as a spamming url prevents our newsletters from being delivered. You might try adding us to your contacts ( and contact your spam filter provider to let them know we are not spammers.



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On 7 Jul 2017 at 15:38 GMT Amber Heath wrote:

I am curious if you have made any confirmed DNA matches with any other Heath descendants? I have only made 1 confirmed.

On 1 Jul 2017 at 01:43 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:

Hello Scott,

I'd like to invite you to join in the "Weekend Chat" on G2G Today!

Share personal successes, stories about ancestors, tips, projects you are working on, or anything else you wish.

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Pilots, Mentors, and Leaders of all kinds please add something... your advice is always greatly appreciated.

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