Scott Chambers, media executive, rancher, philanthropist dies at 59

Chambers was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year.

Posted: Nov 5, 2019 10:24 AM
Updated: Nov 5, 2019 6:30 PM

PLEASANT HILL, Ore. -- Scott Chambers, whose career in media spanned television, cable, and film production, died on Sunday.

His death was confirmed by Anne Marie Levis, a family spokeswoman.

Chambers, 59, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year. He is survived by his wife, Kellie, three children, and two grandchildren.

Chambers held senior management positions at Chambers Communications, which owned four televisions stations, including KEZI, as well as cable companies on the west coast, and a television and film production company in Eugene.

"He loved everything about the technology of the business, the craftsmanship of it. He was always looking at how to do something different, outside of the box. People look at him and think, where'd he come up with that," said KEZI-TV general manager Mike Boring.

After the business was sold in 2014, he turned to the redevelopment of an underused shopping strip mall in his hometown with the aim of creating a thriving community center and gathering place.

As a philanthropist, Chambers was an integral part of the Chambers Family Foundation, quietly giving away more than $15 million worth of grants to local organizations and nonprofits.

"He only got involved with things he felt he could leave in a better place. Whether that's work in the community, work with kids," said longtime friend Dana Siebert

Scott dedicated time to the University of Oregon, KidSports and The Nature Conservancy among others. He was also a volunteer coach at his alma mater, Pleasant Hill High School.

"Kids would say Scott was an unbelievable influence in their lives. So would adults," said Pleasant Hill High School principal Randy Fisher. "I work hard to emulate a lot of the things that he's taught me. A lot of that is around how you treat people, how you give back and give of yourself."

Chambers was a graduate of the University of Oregon and served on several business and media-related boards.

A public celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, in the White Oak Pavilion at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to KidSports in memory of Scott’s dedication to children and sports.

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