T. Scott Sayre

T. Scott SayreT. Scott Sayre painting his mural, seen in the lobby of the Historic USO Building.


Master muralist T. Scott Sayre was born Dec. 20, 1954, in Bakersfield and died Sept. 1, 2018, at Jasmin Terrace Hospice House in Bakersfield.

Scott lived and worked most of his life in Northern California. He moved to Trona after retiring from Santa Fe Railroad, where he was a conductor for many years. Scott was a very well-known artist and master muralist. Some of his major career achievements are:

1980s — American Labor Movement mural painted for the Plumbers and Steam Labor Movement in Burlingame, Calif.

1990 – Four hundred years of History mural for the city of Cupertino, Calif.

1992 – Twenty portraits in collage form mural at the headquarters of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers in Washington, D.C.

1993 – A mural and print design for the California State Pipe Trades.

1993 — We Build Seattle, a mural for Local #131 Carpenters Union of Seattle, Wash.

2003 — Hello Jack, a mural for the city of Oakland in Jack London Square, a tribute to the life and stories of Jack London.

In 2004, Scott set up a studio in Trona. He produced murals that reflected his love of nature and the desert. The Searles Valley Historical Society commissioned Scott to paint a mural on the south exterior wall of the Old Guest House Museum. It is titled Bonanza in Borax in honor of his father, James Allen Sayre.

Other murals in Trona are at various residences. In Ridgecrest, Scott painted murals for the Historic USO Building, the Desert Empire Fairgrounds, Farmers Insurance and Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union.

Scott was a wonderful artist and had work shown in many galleries, including the Maturango Museum in Ridgecresta. He loved animals, especially his dogs.

Scott is survived by his daughter Rebeca (Jose) Salazar of Magnolia, Texas, and grandson Rex; sisters Kimberly Ballis of Oregon, Mary (Andrew) Minutoli of Concord, Calif., and Stephanie Sayre; aunt Wanda (Chuck) Hudson, uncles Keith (June) Sayre and Joseph (Carmen) Sayre; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents James and Virginia Sayre andsister Susan Meadows.

A service is being planned for spring 2019.

— Submitted by the loved ones of Scott Sayre

Story First Published: 2018-10-05