West Maui community loses Scott Fleck
He was a man dedicated to his faith and his family who channeled this love into a deep relationship with the ocean waters surrounding his island home of Maui.
Scott Fleck was born in New Orleans, LA, and grew up swimming competitively with his two brothers and sister. He moved to Maui in 1986 and never left, and passed away peacefully last month.
His love for everything about the ocean permeated his life. From windsurfing, open ocean swimming, surfing, paddling to sailing, the water was his religion. “His faith was deep and his love for God shone through in his radiant smile, but in the water and with nature is where he felt most at home,” expressed his wife, Kendra Fleck.
“Family was his life, and he was our protector and patriarch,” she continued. “Scott helped Slater through his swimming career with Lahaina Swim Club and at Maui Prep, and they shared many athletic and training adventures together -including the Maui to Molokai and Molokai to Oahu channel crossings.”
“Scott loved to dedicate his time assisting coaching the Luna girls alongside Coach Bradley (Mason) and at Maui Prep with Coach Tex (Ritter). His family was everything to him, and we are so lucky we had him as our role model and best friend. Kiendra, Slater and Skylar are working to navigate this life without him physically here, but his warmth and presence is felt everywhere with us. He just had a way of making everyone feel extremely special.”
As the strength and conditioning coach of Lahaina Swim Club and the Luna water polo team, Scott had a deep and positive effect on those programs.
According to water polo coach Bradley Mason, Fleck’s spirit, heartfelt warmth and positive energy impacted the success of the program by enabling the student-athletes to reach peak physical, mental and emotional health.
“He inspired us to reach our full potential by instilling that only your best focus and effort will lead to success, while reminding us that we must have fun in, during and respecting the process,” Mason said. “Coach Scott’s last message to the team was, ‘Tell the girls to remember to smile.’
“Aloha, Coach Scott. We love you and we promise to keep your spirit alive at the pool. Mahalo, coach.”