Scandrett, Milton "Orin" passed away peacefully in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 15, 2022, at ninety-two years old. His final year since the cancer diagnosis in August 2021 was filled to overflowing with gatherings and phone calls with family and friends, visits to his favorite places such as the Como Conservatory and Lake Harriet, and taking in holiday plays and performances. Like his final year, Orin's entire life was filled to overflowing and had many facets: One facet was his ministry as pastor and church conference superintendent with the Free Methodist Church, a Minneapolis police chaplain, a crisis counselor at Hennepin County Medical Center and Dakota County, and a spiritual counselor to many, many people. His mission was serving those with the greatest needs affected by poverty, mental illness and disability. He also had a passion for marathoning beginning with his first marathon, Twin Cities, at age 68 with his running group "Team Caffeine" and his final one, Grandma's Marathon, at age 85 - a total of 36 marathons. Additionally, at many times he stepped in when needed, such as serving part-time as the first executive director of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, which he helped grow until a full-time director could be hired; serving as part-time executive coordinator of Neighborhood Churches Acting Together that serves the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis; and many other examples over a 68-year career of service. In 2017, at 87 years old, he went to Cambodia with a Habitat for Humanity "Big Build" team. He received numerous awards for his service including from the City of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Policy Department, Aging Services of Minnesota ("Spirit of Aging" award), and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Orin's beloved wife Donna Lou Scandrett passed away in 2012 after 63 years of marriage. He is survived by his brother, Donald, his son Timothy, his son Michael and Michael's wife Patricia, granddaughter AnnaLaura and her husband Aaron and three great-granddaughters, and Anna-Laura's mother Robin. Orin requested that no memorial service be held.

Published on July 3, 2022