Michael John “Scooter” Laine


Michael John “Scooter” Laine, 66, of Lacy Lakeview, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021 at a local hospital due to complications from diabetes and CoVid-19.

Graveside Service: 2PM Thursday, January 14th at Waco Memorial Park with David Wimberly officiating.

Visitation: 6 to 8PM Wednesday, January 13th at Lake Shore Funeral Home.

Scooter was born December 1, 1954 in Atlanta, GA to military parents, Jack Laine and Robbie Peppers Laine.  As a military brat, he and his family moved around numerous places such as Georgia and Louisiana before finally settling in Waco. Scooter graduated from Connally High School in 1972 where he excelled in baseball.  He married Pamela Starnes in 1982.

In his spare time, Scooter enjoyed hanging in his man cave, tinkering with clocks, manicuring the lawn and most of all watching his grandson Jase participate in sports. He was a loyal fan of the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys and Connally Cadets Football. Scooter was a dedicated employee at General Tire & Rubber, Connally ISD and LaVega ISD where he retired. His greatest joy in life was being surrounded by his family who will miss his kindness and compassion.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Laine; mother, Robbie Emery; and brother, Mark Laine.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Pam Laine; daughter, April Laine and Mike Ayala, his best buddy and grandson, Jase Ayala; sons, Allen Laine, and Kevin Laine, along with their children; and brother, Mitch Laine.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Kimberly Starnes

    Im so sorry Pam April Mike and Jase. Has in a Beautiful place and will no longer carry the burden of pain. I Love Y’all so much.

  2. Rest In peace, Scooter. We love you and will miss you. ⚾️ Nan

  3. Kevin & Jennifer Johnson

    Hugs & prayers for your family. Scooter blessed many lives with his smile and genuine care and concern about people. He will be deeply missed.❤️

  4. I was from the class of ‘71 at Connally and knew Scooter so well. So many sweet memories linger of our younger days and they flood my heart and soul to this very day. He had this crazy chuckle and an almost mischievous type smile. I’m so terribly sorry for yours and as well as our loss. — Jamey

  5. Scooter was a great teammate and friend to us younger guys in the CHS class of ‘74. No nonsense or complaining on or off the field. In ‘72 he hit two home runs with 4 rbi to beat Heavily favored Robinson 6-5 for the district championship. I mention this as as he had a deep love for the game and was so involved in all volunteer phases his entire life. He bled blue and gray and will be greatly missed but never forgotten!

  6. Sending love and prayers to your family.

  7. I loved Scooter. Im going to miss him. Prayers to you all for comfort.

  8. A devoted husband , loving father and grandfather . Your memories will forever be a blessing to them. RIP Scooter

  9. Jeff, Melissa, and Lindsey Willis

    Prayers and love from the Willis family. We could never thank Scooter enough for being so good to dad. He always so nice. Prayers for you all!

  10. Prayers for the family! So sorry for your loss!

  11. Pam, April, and Jase,

    I adored Scooter! He was so welcoming when I first started teaching at Connally. He always had a big smile and a warm hug. I know you are missing such a wonderful man. Thank you for sharing him with us. Prayers for your family. Love y’all.

  12. Betty and Marven Mack

    Met Scooter while working at Connally Elem after school program , We taught in the same class, He became a great friend ( kids in our class knew him as my day time husband (Private joke). Pam know we are praying for you and your family, Scooter will be missed by many, Love you but know you are in a better place all healed..

  13. My condolences to Scooters family best catcher in baseball…better than Johnny Bench,just never got the chance.

  14. Shelley Coleman Johnson

    Love and prayers for the family

  15. I’m very saddened at the passing of Scooter Laine. He was always a favorite at Connally ISD. We had many conversations al golf cart and I will treasure them. He was such a good man! RIP
    Dean Kirkpatrick

  16. Pam, April, and Jase,
    Scooter always had a smile that would brighten my day, and I know he loved you with all his heart. I pray for your hearts to be at peace now and in the days to come. – Paula

  17. Dear Laine family,
    I remember Scooter from our high school days-I was in the class of 1974. He was one of my first boyfriends and he had the best smile! I’m so sorry for your loss and pray for God’s strength and comfort for your family and Scooter’s close friends.
    Jan Bates Gonzalez



  19. I’m from the class of ’74 at Connally High School in Waco and remember him being a fun and friendly guy (and a great athlete). I also just saw him in December 2019 at surprise birthday party in Waco and we had a nice conversation while sitting at a table at George’s Restaurant. Praying for his family during this difficult time.

  20. Ronnie Bishop Sr.

    Sorry To Hear This. Went To School With Him. And Later Worked With Him At Holt Cat. Prayers For The Family 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  21. I knew Scooter all his life. He grew up playing catcher during the little league days and continued in high school as one of the best players in Connally baseball history. Scooter greeted his friends with a warm smile and a big hug or handshake. He loved to watch his children compete in any activity. Scooter will be missed by all those who knew him. May God strengthen the family during this time of loss. Don Hancock

  22. Lois (Sandy) Freeman

    So sorry to hear of Mike (Scooter’s) passing. I’m sending prayers for God to watch over the family.

    RIP Scooter.

  23. Anne Mitchell Sheble

    When I worked at Connally, Scooter was always ready to help whenever I saw him. He was consistently encouraging and kind. Praying for your family.

  24. Kellie Fulbright

    Prayers and love for ur family Mrs laine.
    He is not suffering no more he is in a better place in heaven

  25. Sharon (Bliss) Brown

    So many childhood memories of Scooter coaching me on the softball field that I will always cherish. He will be missed, but he will definitely live on through the lives that he touched.

  26. April and family so sorry to hear about Scooter, I truly enjoyed his presence always had a smile on his face. Glad I got to continue seeing that smile from Connally to La Vega. My sincere condolences go out to your entire family and his friends.🙏💕

  27. Jennifer Crownover

    I’m so sad to hear of Scooter’s passing. When I worked at Connally, Scooter was one of the happiest people I knew! He was always smiling, always caring about how I was, and always willing to help with whatever you needed him to do. Heaven has gained a true angel! Praying for peace and comfort for the family.

  28. Pam, prayers and hugs for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  29. Coached Scooter for two football seasons (1970-71) at Connally. Heck of a man and player. Always will remember his smile of assurance in tough game situations. A WINNER.

  30. Such a wonderful man. He was always so nice to me and my family. He will be greatly missed.

  31. stephanie mccown

    Scooter was a kind and sweet man. He was so good to our special ed.kiddos. He will be missed. Prayers to his family

  32. I’m saddened to hear of Scooter’s passing. I’ve known Scooter since our days at Connally High School. He was always one of those who offered help and encouragement to the younger kids and was never too busy to teach his baseball skills. Scooter was the best and most competitive baseball catcher I’ve ever known. I also had the joy of working with Scooter later at Connally ISD. As always Scooter was a true friend and would stop by to talk. He would stop and help anyone even if he was busy with something else. He always had something to laugh about and had a smile on his face regardless how the day was going, good or bad. Scooter was a dear friend and my condolences go out to the his family. I’m sure he is already suited up and behind home plate. Rest easy my friend, you will not be forgotten.

    Ronnie Price

  33. Sending our condolences and prayers for the family and friends of Mr. Laine.

  34. Debbie Strunck Sharp

    So very sorry to hear about Scooter…. I remember him from the good ole days at Connally….💙. Prayers and love sent to his family🙏🏻💙

  35. So very sorry to learn of Scooter’s passing.
    To echo what others have written, Scooter was always a ray of sunshine whether in the classroom, hallway, baseball field, or anywhere you ran into him.
    I know Bill enjoyed coaching with him during our Little League days. Good times!
    I will be thinking of all of you as you go through the tough days ahead.
    In love and friendship,

  36. Clarisse Straten Boss

    My sincerest condolences to the Laine Family. I graduated with Scooter in ‘72, he was a talented athlete and always had a big smile on his face. Rest In Peace Scooter.

  37. Baylor Scott & White Hospice

    Dear Laine Family,
    The Baylor Scott & White Hospice team would like to extend to you our deepest sympathy. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  38. Mike & Monica Swindall

    Praying for Comfort & Peace during this time.
    Lot of Love
    The Swindall’s

  39. Mike & Carolyn Anderson

    Dear Pam & family,
    We are so very sorry to hear of Scooter’s passing. Scooter was always so happy and kind to us when we worked together. He would always stop by my desk when he was in the building just to say hi and he was always smiling. Scooter always lifted people up instead of bringing them down. We also have many happy memories watching baseball games together at Bosqueville. Scooter will be greatly missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to know Scooter & work with him. You are in our prayers and thoughts.
    We love y’all,
    Mike & Carolyn

  40. Scooter and I were good friends and teammates in high school I was class of 71 and him of 72 Scooter was the catcher on the baseball team my Sr year he was the only starting Jr that year He loved baseball and was very good I will never forget all the good times we had RIP my friend

  41. Dustin & Misty Losak

    Laine Family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss! A little over 10 years ago when we moved back to Lakeview, the boys would ride the bus to/from school. We would see Scooter in the early mornings and he always said Hi. In the afternoons, I would call or stop by the house to check on the boys and they wouldn’t be home off the bus yet. In a panic, I was calling the school and all over looking for them. When I finally saw them walking down the street laughing like little boys do, I was relieved, but yelled at them for scaring me so badly. When I asked, “where in the world have y’all been for 45 minutes?!” They replied, “ Mr. Scooter’s house!!” From that point forward I told them to just call me when they got home because I knew they had formed a special friendship. I knew he would look after them anytime he saw them no matter where they were. We are deeply saddened by his passing, especially Trevlyn. He will be able to carry those memories with him and the stories will be talked about between the boys for years to come. Thank y’all for sharing him with us. He was truly great!
    Love & prayers,
    The Losak Family

  42. Laine Family,
    So sorry to hear of Scooter’s passing! Scooter could always make me smile and laugh. We had some great years working together at Connally. He loved my special ed. kids and spoiled them.
    Prayers for you,
    Terri Midgett

  43. Send my deepest condolences. Through the years haven’t kept in touch but have often thought of you. Remember the history we share.

  44. lynette Holllingsworth

    Thoughts and prayers of blessings and comfort to your family. Scooter coached our son Richard at Lakeview Little League, later he helped Roy with some of our rentals there in the Lakeview area and while I was teaching at Connally he worked in the warehouse. Always enjoyed visiting with him. Loved his infectious smile. We are saddened by his death. He definitely holds a special place in the heart of many and will be missed.
    Lynette Hollingsworth

  45. So sorry to hear this… prayer for the family!

  46. Pam, I’m praying for you and your family. I’m so sorry. Hugs to you.

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