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Sunday, March 3, 2024

Obituary: Scott Heinig

Scott Heinig, a UC Davis graduate, passed away on April 17 after suffering a traumatic head injury. He was 22.

In his time at UC Davis, Heinig was a captain of the Aggie baseball team and a well-respected teammate.

“He’s one of those kids that has that infectious type of personality,” said UC Davis head baseball coach Rex Peters. “Very positive, outgoing – elected a team leader because of those aspects, as well as his work ethic and his commitment to the team.”

Heinig also left his mark off the field and will be remembered in the Davis community. After graduating from UC Davis in 2010 with a degree in economics, Heinig moved on to be a volunteer pitching coach for his alma mater, Davis Senior High School.

“He’s a hometown boy,” Peters said. “He grew up here. He went to high school in Davis, and his mom works at the university, so this isn’t just a tragedy for the baseball program. It’s a community tragedy, and it’s affected the entire community.”

Heinig transferred from Consumnes River College in 2009 and emerged as a team captain before his graduation the following year.

“He was a dugout leader,” Peters said. “He was the most vocal, outgoing guy on the team. Players loved him.”

As a summer baseball camp counselor, Heinig’s interest in mentoring youth went beyond Davis Senior High baseball. Peters will remember Heinig for his positive attitude and team-first mentality.

Heinig is survived by his parents, Mark and Jane, along with his sister Adrienne.

Family members said on Monday that a memorial service has not yet been scheduled.

– Grace Sprague

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