Scott Kaplan, 43, a dedicated supporter of the MS Society, passed away from complications related to COVID-19 on May 2, 2020, in Denver. Rabbi Rick Rheins officiated at the private graveside service on May 6 at Emanuel Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements.
“Scott will forever be missed by those he had the opportunity to know,” his loved ones said. “May your memories of Scott always bring you a smile.”
Mr. Kaplan started feeling ill in early March, but remained at home until he went to the hospital on March 25.
Doctors gave him all available treatments, including a plasma transplant in early April that enabled him to come off life support for three days.
Mr. Kaplan, who relapsed, developed clots and suffered three strokes that resulted in death.
He was born in Hartford, Conn., in 1976, graduated Newington High School and earned a BA in journalism at the University of Hartford.
Mr. Kaplan was diagnosed with MS five months prior to marrying Denise Kaplan on May 25, 2003.
“He did not let MS keep him from doing what he loved,” the family said. “An avid golfer, he also coached his boys in baseball and basketball.”
Mr. Kaplan was training for a two-day, 150-mile bike ride to raise funds for MS before he fell ill.
For nearly 20 years, he worked at US West/Qwest/Level 3/CenturyLink, most recently as director of network procurement.
Mr. Kaplan’s family chronicled his painful ordeal with COVID over Facebook.
Following his death, an Israeli physician wrote, “All of this information you have shared has tremendously helped other people.”
Scott Kaplan is survived by his wife Denise Kaplan of Littleton; sons Patrick and Ethan; parents Karen and Leonard Kaplan; sisters Marci Kaplan and Samantha “Sam” (Eric) Dunham; and aunt Weslie (Lewis) Goldfarb.
Contributions may be made to a GoFundMe page set up to support his wife and children at www.gofundme.com, or the National MS Society’s “Walk and Bike” event.
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