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Published June 11 2011

Kindred grain chute victim identified

FARGO – Franklin Samuel Scott was just “Sam” to the friends and family who knew him.

His personality and zest for life sparkled like his signature blue eyes, which loved ones remembered fondly on Friday – hours after a grain accident in Kindred took the life of the 22-year-old Fargo man.

“He was a charmer but simple; he wasn’t a complicated kid,” his mother, Julie Scott, said. “He lightened a lot of lives. He’ll be sorely missed by many, many people.”

Cass County detectives said Friday they might never know how Sam Scott became trapped in a grain chute filled with corn at the massive Dakota Ag Co-op building, where he worked.

Detective Joel Stading said it’s possible Scott had been trying to clear debris out of the chute.

“We don’t have anything definitive, and we might not ever know definitively,” Stading said.

Scott’s co-workers called 911 around 4:55 p.m. Thursday when they noticed his unattended front-end loader outside.

The call rallied first responders from local agencies, who spent hours trying to recover Scott from the 45,000-square-foot storage facility, which can hold nearly 4 million bushels of corn.

Authorities ultimately recovered Scott’s body at 2:30 a.m. Friday. The body was sent to Bismarck for an autopsy.

Scott had worked as an elevator manager and shop foreman for the Dakota Co-op since September 2010, according to his Facebook profile.

Barely six hours after the accident was reported, Scott’s friends had already begun inundating his Facebook page with condolences and words of remembrance.

By Friday afternoon, more than 200 posts on the page expressed loved ones’ memories, sorrows and celebrations of Scott’s life.

“Sam had a magnetism, and he had a charisma,” his mother said. “People loved Sam, old and young. He definitely was a gift.”

Scott was an Eagle Scout, and “he did what he needed to do” for his friends and family, his mother said.

Scott turned 22 just 11 days ago – the same day he served as a pallbearer in his grandmother’s funeral, his mother said.

“It’s tough anytime in these situations to find some solace or some peace,” she said, adding, “He was definitely a free spirit – and now he is free.”

A memorial service for Scott has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1258 Broadway in Fargo.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541