By Brian Park
Scott Bradley Larouche, a long-time San Juan Capistrano resident, died of a sudden heart attack on Christmas Eve. He was 46.
Larouche was born in Anaheim but spent his formative years in San Juan Capistrano. He attended Ambuehl Elementary School, Marco Forster Middle School and Capistrano Valley High School. His stepfather Phil Schwartze served on the City Council from 1978 to 1990. Although Larouche moved away from San Juan Capistrano and last resided in Anaheim Hills, he often visited the city to see his friends and family.
“He would still come down here and be involved in events like the Rotary CARE/Car Show and the Swallows Day Parade,” Schwartze said. “He was a really interesting and engaging guy. He made a lot of contacts down here, and he’d sometimes visit and stop by to see his old neighbors.”
Larouche was an avid baseball fan, especially of his favorite team, the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles. Larouche owned a large collection of Angels memorabilia. Before Larouche passed away, Schwartze said he gave his son a signed baseball by former Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy.
“I used to take him and his brothers to Angel games and he became a super fan,” Schwartze said.
When asked what he will remember most about Larouche, Schwartze said his son’s humor will be missed by friends and family.
“He had an unbelievable memory with which he weaved a phenomenal sense of humor. He was one of the few people on earth who could have me roaring with laughter. I bet that anybody you talk to would say the same thing—how funny he was,” Schwartze said.
Larouche is survived by his wife Leanne; two sons, Dylan and Adrian; a daughter, Breanne; his mother, Marsha; his stepfather, Phil; his three brothers, Chris, John and Ryan; his sister, Adrian and his grandmother, Iona Waggoner.
During a private ceremony on Sunday, January 13, Larouche’s family and friends will commemorate his life by releasing 23 red and 23 white balloons—the Angels’ team colors. Afterward, the family invites all of Larouche’s friends to join in a celebration of his life at Ramos House Café, 31752 Los Rios Street, at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made toward a college fund for 3-year-old Dylan Larouche at Farmers & Merchants Bank, 31873 Del Obispo Street in San Juan Capistrano.