I understand that I am not a 'certified genealogist' and I can make errors when researching my ancestors and relatives. There is a lot I don't know about genealogy. Some of my profile biographies have been a "concern" for some of our 'project managers and their team'. I am truly sorry about this but I am doing the best I can. If anyone is concerned about any of the contributions I have made on WikiTree, please, by all means let me know what profiles they are and I will take immediate action.
I try to source and reference everything, but sometimes I get off track and cannot find my 'bread crumb' trail. I do keep an active list of my profiles which I update on occassion. Presently I am reviewing all of my profiles and adding biographies to those who don't have them. I have been actively researching my pedigree since about 2012. Before that I had no idea about where my family came from. I want to thank the folks who make WikiTree possible for people like me. WikiTree has been an integral part of my 'genealogy toolbox' and I appreciate it very much! D. Scott Lee
Donald Scott Lee DNA Player
Retired amateur family genealogist. Born in Southern Oregon and served in the USAF for 8 years during the Vietnam War era. Acquired a B.A. degree from Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. Creator, Entrepreneur, Community Developer, retired GlaxoSmithKlline.
Birth and Parents
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.
Lee and Sons Produce
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 I became the Emergency Room Inspector of all the dispensaries at all the military bases around Tokyo.
SSGT Lee USAF DD 214
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 was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force on December 18, 1970, after serving just under 8 years.
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.
Grauate of Sophia University
Waseda University only offered a 'one year' course of study for foreigners so after I finished there I enrolled at Sophia Universtiy, in Tokyo. I graduated from Sophia with a degree in East Asian Studies.
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'.
NHK English Conversation Actors
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.
American Life In Pictures
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.
Taishukan English Professor's Magazine
I wasn't the best cartoonist in the world but Sensei convinced me that the publications would help all of the Japanese english professors to understand the "American style of English". It was fun although it didn't pay well. I had to do three pages by hand for each issue. They gave me $100 per issue. Sensei also told me that the magazine had never paid anyone for their work!
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.
D. Scott Lee
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.
Samurai Import Foods
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.
Cinque Terre Salad Dressing
I sold this product to the pharmaceutical company using it for large medical luncheons.
Unfortunately my wife and I divorced in 1994. We were together for 28 years and had two daughters. I 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.
Central Arizona Bikers Group
I road the highways of Arizona with up to 70 bikers. I became known as 'Reggae Rider'. All members were given a road name.
Reggae Rider and Friends
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.
Central Arizona Bikers
I stepped down as the leader after a few years and started riding around America. I have visited 49 states.
Open Heart Surgery
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.
Ridin' the Road
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."
In The Chicken Coop
For the last three years I have been building my family genealogy website. It is called "In The Chicken Coop" and focuses on the my Lee and Miller family and over 50 related families. Of course it is a work in progress and there could be some errors among all the pages. However, you can be sure that if there are and I find them I will correct them. It has been an exciting hobby in my retirement, to search my family roots.
In The Chicken Coop
Thanks to all the folks that research genealogy. I appreciate all of your work. It is so amazing to learn about the relatives, cousins, aunts and uncles who came before us. Their lives, their work, the way they made their way through everything that came their way! It makes me a better person and a true patriot!
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."
This profile is in the process of being finished up. Sources included are images but I will list them under 'sources' soon. This biography was written by me and no one else...just like all of my other profiles on WikiTree.
Scott Lee's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Scott or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Scott:
AncestryDNA, GEDmatch 9350446, Ancestry member dslcards1
Hi Scott, wow, what an informative profile, complete with narrative and awesome tags. "Congratulations" on becoming one of the newest Red Badged "Generous Genealogist" to add to your Blue Badged one! We really appreciate your contributions and assistance!! Also thank you for your military service in the US Air Force. I served in the US Army during the Vietnam War Era.
Scott you asked to be added to the trusted list for Phelps-1196 so that you can add to the profile. That profile is Open and can not be set to any other privacy level so unless you plan to change the LNAB there is nothing you can not do already. For that reason there is no reason to add you at this time.
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