He was born on Oct. 14, 1931, in Charlotte, Texas, to Walter and Josie Scott.
He graduated as valedictorian from Charlotte High School and attended Baylor University on scholarship where he received a double major in geology and Spanish with minors in history and radio.
Walter married Mary Elizabeth Vaughan on July 6, 1960 and subsequently moved to Goliad where they have spent the better part of the past 53 years living on their ranch, the Copa de Vino.
He practiced geology in Corpus Christi and Goliad for a period of time but is better known for his love of Texas longhorn cattle and Texas History. Walter became a charter member in 1965 as one of the original founders of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America (TLBAA). He was a two-time past president for the TLBAA and was recognized in many circles as one of the country's foremost subject matter experts on the history and genetics of the Texas longhorn breed. In addition to having several papers published including "The Texas Longhorn's Role in Today's Beef Industry," Walter and the Copa de Vino Ranch were featured as cover stories for several cattle industry periodicals and most notably the very first front and back cover page story for "The Smithsonian" and "Texas Highways."
He served as a guest professor at the 1975 International Stockmen's School sponsored by the Agriservices Foundation. He was elected as a director in the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) in 1977 and was elevated to honorary director in 2002.
In 1999, he was a member of the committee for the commemoration of 250 years of ranching in Goliad County.
Walter was known for entertaining folks with his guitar and the singing of old country and western music and Mexican ballads as he was fluent in reading, writing and speaking the Spanish language.
Walter was also a director of the Goliad County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, a Mason, and member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Elizabeth; children, Michael and Lee Scott of Houston, Richard and Vicky Scott of Allen, Eric and Carol Scott of Goliad, Anthony Scott of Tomball, Stephanie and Ted Rodriguez of San Antonio; and grandchildren, Stephen, Hillary, Tyler, John, Warren, Daniel, Audrey, Conner, Brady, Maddie, Brandon and Marshall.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Gary Scott and Randall Scott, and one grandchild, Andrew Carlisle Scott.
Arrangements are under the care of Goliad Funeral Home.