Scott “Mac” McFarland

Scott “Mac” McFarland

Mac was born in Des Moines, IA to Jim and Ruth McFarland, the third of six children. He was raised in Earlham, IA and Educated at Earlham Public Schools. Later, while living in Creston Mac returned to college and received his Bachelor of Education Degree. He went on to teach at the Clarke Community Schools for the next 28 years. Mac retired from a career he loved in 2019 and was often heard to say, “Retirement was supposed to be fun, not a pandemic!”

Mr. Mac passed on the morning of Jan. 6, 2024 at the age of 66. He is preceded in death by his parents and his much loved niece, Jani Morrish, of Roy, WA. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, his daughters, Michal McFarland Bascom (Micah Bascom), Katie McFarland (Mike Mattson) and Bevin McFarland Potter (James Potter) and his four grandchildren, Edgar, Evelyn, Oscar and Max. As well as his siblings.

Memorial services will be held at the Osceola United Methodist Church (130 W Grant St, Osceola, IA) on January 27 at 2:00 PM. Please dress for the weather. In lieu of flowers please pay forward toward your local school lunch accounts debt. Mr. Mac always believed that a fed child learned better.


  1. Barb Vaske on January 18, 2024 at 3:37 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your dad! My thoughts are with you

  2. Les and Laurie Bascom on January 18, 2024 at 6:03 pm

    MaryLou, Michal,Katie and Bevin,
    Our deepest sympathy in your lose. One thing for sure, Mac is in Heaven having an amazing time, he was as all of you are very wonderful individuals.

  3. Rhonda Thomas on January 18, 2024 at 7:18 pm

    So sorry to hear about your dad Michal. Sending you love and prayers

  4. Jan Peters on January 18, 2024 at 7:23 pm

    I love the idea of paying for lunches as a tribute to him. So totally Scott?

  5. Rodger Routh on January 18, 2024 at 9:40 pm

    He was a good man who cared for education and a just society. I grew up in Earlham with Mac. We shared like world views and often would chat back and forth on Facebook. His impact will be felt for a long time. He will be greatly missed. Peace and love and light

  6. Dan Treadway on January 18, 2024 at 10:01 pm

    I love that his last Facebook post, days before he left us, was a brain exercise:

    Who would you rather have as a guardian angel?

    Clarence the guardian angel from “it’s A Wondrful Life”?

    Dudley from “The Bishop’s Wife”?

  7. Cinda Long on January 19, 2024 at 5:54 am

    My grandchildren called him, Uncle Monkey, (his self proclaimed name). He was a favorite with my kids as well. All kids loved him, that and his creativity were what made him an amazing brother, uncle and teacher. I love you.

  8. Ruth Bolinger on January 19, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    What a loss for everyone. Mac was a kind man who always put children first. My sympathies to Mary Lou and family.

  9. Debra Neuharth on January 19, 2024 at 2:31 pm

    Mr. Mac was my part of 4th and all of 5th grade teacher, I would like to think I am friends with all his daughters and remember staying over at the house in junior high and high school and eating our weight in gummy bears. Prayers to his entire family, may God bring you peace and comfort in this time of sorrow.

  10. Lu Anne and Steve Neuharth on January 19, 2024 at 5:33 pm

    So sorry for your loss! I know your Dad enjoyed kids and teaching.

  11. Roxanne Davis on January 20, 2024 at 11:43 am

    Teachers leave a lasting legacy. My sincere condolences to Louie and her family.

  12. Joyce L. Reed on January 20, 2024 at 2:33 pm

    I only knew Mac over the internet. I was impressed by his wit and humor. He obviously loved his wife, family, students and community. I wish could be there to hear all the wonderful stories on the 27th. Mary Lou I think of you often.

  13. Larry Metcalf Metcalf on January 20, 2024 at 6:15 pm

    I only met Mac one time at a Parelli Forum in Kansas City, but that was all it took to think of him often over the next 15 years. That was the kind of guy he was. Friendly and easy to get to know. I will still think of him often. My condolences to his many friends and family members.

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