Lasting Memories

Scott Kleckner
Sept. 22, 1993-July 10, 2018
Washington D.C., Virginia

Scott Kleckner died suddenly on July 10 after several days of struggling with flu-like symptoms complicated by Type 1 diabetes. He was 24 and living in Washington, D.C., where he had just graduated from George Washington University. Scott was working in a variety of roles at the Momofuku CCDC restaurant, and was well loved by his coworkers. Scott had recently returned home to the Bay Area to attend his brother's wedding, where he spoke eloquently. His speech reflected his natural charisma and sense of humor.

Scott grew up in Palo Alto as the youngest in a family of five. From a young age, Scott was fiercely independent. His favorite word and default answer was "no." Despite that, he went on to join Troop 57, become an Eagle Scout, and lead the troop as the senior patrol leader. He loved the wilderness and led several expeditions into the woods and snow. At Palo Alto High School, he became the editor of Verde magazine and developed a strong interest in history and politics. After graduation, he enrolled at George Washington University, where he majored in political science. At the Kappa Sigma fraternity, Scott made many lasting friendships with young men from across the country. Scott became disillusioned with politics but found a home at Momofuku. There he developed an interest in the restaurant business and started training to become a restaurant manager. He loved getting to know different people. He charmed his coworkers and customers alike with his personal brand of humor.

Scott is survived by his parents, Jim and Jennifer; and siblings, Reid and Denise.

From Meghann Long
Aug. 6, 2018

Hello Kleckner family, I’m Meghann and I worked with Scott at Momofuku CCDC. I was, and still am, very saddened that we have lost such a sweet and genuine person. I always looked forward to working with Scott, he always made me smile and made a sometimes stressful work day a little brighter. I will always remember his sweet nature, and will try my best to emulate my behavior towards others just as he did. We had a few inside jokes, mainly in reference to his awkward humor, which I related to. He seemed to be able to connect with anyone. I will cherish his memory fondly, and I extend the deepest of condolences to you all. Love, and miss you Scott.

From Mariam and Nader and Yasmin Radjy
July 27, 2018

Dear Kleckner family, It is with great sadness and disbelief that we just learned about Scott’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences.

From Momofuku & Milk Bar
July 27, 2018

Dear Kleckner Family, The Momofuku & Milk Bar team at CCDC and beyond were deeply saddened and affected by the loss of Scott. His energy and positive sweet nature were such an asset to the CCDC team, and will be greatly missed. We extend our sincerest condolences on your loss and in his memory we have donated $500 to Troop 57, so that other Scouts may have the opportunities and experiences that were evidently important to Scott. The Momofuku & Milk Bar Family

From Judy Beltrano
July 24, 2018

Hello, I'm Judy, and I was one of the sous chefs at Momofuku and I was sad I missed you all when you came in the other day. Scott was a very special person to all of us at Momofuku. He was always very positive and had a great attitude. We were so happy to have him come over to our side after getting his start at milk bar. He never failed to put a smile on our face while still working hard. He was such a team player and would help us out with anything we asked. I will always remember his sweet nature and whole hearted attitude on life. One of my favorite moments I remember is when his mother stopped by the restaurant to say bye after a visit. They exchanged a few words and shared a warm embrace. She left and Scott watched her from the window. I asked his who that was and He said "That's my mom. She is the sweetest lady." I said it was so nice that he shared such kind words about her and he was such a good son. He said he loved her and missed her a lot with tears in his eyes. It was the sweetest moment that I am happy we shared. All of the moments we shared will forever be in my memory. My sincerest condolences to your family. Scott was such a good guy and the world lost such an amazing soul. Scott, I will always a snack for you. Thank you for everything. Love, Judy Beltrano

From Alexander Sholtz
July 23, 2018

Dear Kleckner Family, I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss, and apologize I cannot be there in person on Tuesday. I am far afield in Alaska as a part of work restoring Arctic ice. I was only a year older than Scott so I knew him fairly well from our time in troop 57. I believe I was within one or two SPLs from him and of course remember our time at Philmont. When I think of him on that trip there is one image that comes to mind, clear as day: him atop Mount Baldy doing a Usain Bolt pose. There’s a lot in this mental picture that says something about Scott, and despite the pose’s resemblance to the modern dance move “the dab” it isn’t just dance and social phenomenon visionary. It reminds me of his passion, competence and most of all sense humor—which helped us all get through the trip—and it reminds me of the gratitude I have for him as the leader for providing levity and help when and where it was needed. Although I can’t find a picture of it you can find David Lim’s best deadpan impression of it among many other great photos here: And here: Of course this memory was from Philmont, but the fact is it could have been anywhere: Oljato, Yosemite, Pinnacles... I will always remember Scott as I see him in that image: pack on, at the top, and up for more adventure. He will be missed and I hope there are many fine trails where he’s gone. My sincere condolences, Alexander Sholtz

From Shelby Valentine Molitor
July 18, 2018

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Scott and extend our sincerest condolences to the Kleckner Family. I remember his smile, sense of humor and how fast he'd run to keep up with his big brother and sister. The world has lost the a terrific young man.