UPDATE: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020
A complete obituary of Judge Scot Othic is now available.
LINNEUS — Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge Scot Othic, 67, died unexpectedly in the overnight hours.
Linn County Presiding Judge Terry Tschannen calls Othic a “dedicated public servant.”
“He was a skilled jurist with strength in many diverse legal subject areas. His untimely passing is a terrible loss to the citizens of the Ninth Circuit. Our hearts goes out to his wife and children,” Tschannen said.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline. Burial will be at a later date in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
Othic, a Marceline native, was the associate circuit court judge of Linn County.
After receiving his law degree from the University of Missouri in 1990, Othic clerked for the U.S. Magistrate in Jefferson City, then later became as an assistant to the Missouri Attorney General under Bill Webster and Jay Nixon, according to an interview he gave to the Linn County Leader in 2015. According to the article, Othic was a veteran and avid quail hunter, who also obtained a master’s degree in forestry. He worked for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for decades developing a land reclamation program “that would serve as the model for all others to follow.”