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Updated: Lobbyist Scott Marrs dies at 60

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Last edited 11:33 a.m., Oct. 30, 2018

Longtime southwest Missouri lobbyist Scott Marrs died Oct. 26. He was 60.

Brigitte Marrs, his wife of 37 years, said via email yesterday her husband died “from complications related to an illness.” She was unable to be reached for further comment this morning. A report by the Greene County Medical Examiners Office lists the cause of death as pancreatic cancer.

“Scott fought for the past month to improve his condition but passed away surrounded by his family,” Brigitte said.

Scott owned and operated Governmental Services Group for 33 years, according to Springfield Business Journal archives. His current clients included the city of Springfield, Greene County, Bass Pro Shops, Mercy Hospital Springfield, Missouri State University, Jordan Valley Community Health Center and the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Brigitte said. City of Springfield spokeswoman Cora Scott said City Council will honor Scott with a resolution at their next meeting, Nov. 5.

“Scott had an impeccable work ethic and was a tremendous asset to the city of Springfield,” Mayor Ken McClure said in a statement, noting Scott was hired by the city for more than 25 years. “He represented the city with the utmost professionalism.”

Brigitte said Governmental Services Group will continue under the leadership of Scott’s son William, as well as his associate Kelli Richardson.

“Governmental Services Group is prepared to provide the same caliber of dedication and passion that Scott employed throughout his career,” Brigitte said.

Brigitte said Scott influenced the Springfield community and surrounding areas through his advocacy efforts in Jefferson City.

“Scott utilized his career and worked closely with local delegation to ensure any legislation passed would improve not only the lives of the citizens of Springfield but for all Missourians,” she said in the email. “A big part of Scott’s success, and one of his best qualities as a lobbyist, was his trustworthiness. He represented his clients with integrity. Although Scott has many accomplishments throughout his years as a lobbyist, he remained humble. He will truly be missed.”

In a 2008 SBJ article titled “Life of a Lobbyist,” Scott described his reputation as an advocate for governmental agencies, educational institutions and nonprofits.

“I get the white-hat image, which is not a bad image to have,” he said at the time.

Scott also was chosen by SBJ staff as a 2010 guest for the 12 People You Need to Know live interview series.

Scott’s memorial service is scheduled 1 p.m. Nov. 2 at First Baptist Church, 525 South Ave., according to his obituary at


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H. Wes Pratt

Deepest Condolences to the Marrs family, friends, clients, and associates. We were saddened to hear of Scott's passing . Scott was a good man and a consummate professional. I will miss him.



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