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Charles "Scott" Perkins '79 May 2, 2023 2:24 PM updated: May 2, 2023 2:34 PM

Dr. Charles Scott Perkins 

February 23, 1957 - February 25, 2023 

The life of Charles Scott Perkins feels challenging to fit into such a short note, so we will do our best and look forward to the many great stories that will be shared at his memorial on Saturday.

Scott was effervescent and drew people in wherever he went. He taught us to bloom where we are planted and to get back up when we are knocked down. And boy did he show us through his example. He was born in San Diego, CA and lived most of his childhood in Houston, TX. He raised his six children in Houston with his wife, Mary Jane Perkins. He and Mary Jane then moved to El Paso, Texas where he became #thedesertdentist and thrived at the feet of the Franklin Mountains.

Scott loved being a father! He began his career working just 3 1/2 days a week so he could spend as much time as possible with his wife and children. He taught them to read, he taught them to swim, he taught them to ride bikes, he coached their baseball and soccer teams, he taught them to pray, he took them to church, and so much more. He was beloved in his neighborhood of Southside Place and was the photographer and editor of the Southside Scoop, the local newspaper. He was a multi-year champion at the annual 4th of July watermelon toss, where he would lube himself up in Alligator sunscreen so that no one could grasp onto him and he could easily lift the watermelon out of the pool.

During that time, Scott also purchased a gorgeous farm in Round Top, Texas. This was a wonderful time in his life where he would bring his family most weekends to grow vegetables, hunt birds, fish, take care of goats and chickens, plow fields, and most of all, spend precious time together. As his children, we did not always love the manual labor we were tasked with, but he loved every minute of our time there and we cherish these precious memories and how happy he was making them.

Later in his life, he continued to enjoy time with his brothers and sons at his brother’s property in South Texas, where they would hunt and spend time together and where his body will be eternally laid to rest.

Scott was an exceptional dentist. He took pride in his work as he did in his family, and had so much humility and compassion and love for others, including his many patients and colleagues. He made several internationally acclaimed advancements in the dental field, including a revolutionary method to perform a root canal. He was gifted, a pioneer in his field, an efficiency expert and a sought-after speaker. He took care to be his very best in his profession and in all that he did, and his great contributions to his field brought him much joy.

Scott was a fantastic story teller. If you let him, he would tell you stories for hours. On the day he died, he shared the story of his recent birthday, which he celebrated with our mother. He said it was the best birthday of his life and recounted every detail of the time they shared and the meal they ate together. He shared how very happy he was in his new home in El Paso, how very happy he was to be married to our mother and how thankful he was for his life. His passing was sudden, but these words he left with us continue to bring us peace. And that is what he would have wanted, because he always wanted those around him to feel comforted, loved and encouraged. While our father went through many struggles, especially for a period of life, he got back up again.

He poured his heart into creating the most beautiful memories during his last Christmas with us. He and our mother made sure our whole family was there and they worked for months to ensure we would all be comfortable in their new home. When we arrived, he had a bounty on the table and he welcomed his children and grandchildren with open arms and a warm smile. We all shared the most beautiful moments together, we shared the very best Christmas and, very fortunately, we shared our gratitude with him.

He was a wonderful grandfather and adored his grandchildren. He was thrilled to learn his daughter Charlotte was expecting his third grandchild before his passing.

In living he loved and in loving he still lives. His love lives on in all of those whose lives he touched and in the many stories we will cherish and continue to tell. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Perkins; his children, Sarah Miorin (Chris), Michael Perkins (Lauren), Riley Perkins, Jane Perkins, Charlie Perkins and Charlotte Sisko (Ben); his grandchildren Audrey and Paul, and one on the way; his mother, Geviene Perkins; his brothers, Rob Perkins and Greg Perkins; their families; and his many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Bobby Lane Perkins.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at 1 P.M. at the Bulverde Spring Branch Activity Center (30280 Cougar Bend, Bulverde, TX 78163). In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.


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