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Community gathers for Scott Creach memorial

Published On: Sep 12 2011 01:58:56 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 30 2010 07:57:55 AM CDT
SPOKANE VALLEY -

Hundreds turned out to remember Pastor Scott Creach Monday at a memorial service at the Baptist church he started 40 years ago.

Scott Creach was pastor, a businessman and a father. Monday morning the people who knew him and loved him remembered him at Greenacres Baptist Church. Larry Knauft was a friend and member of Greenacres Baptist Church; he said Creach will be remembered as a man that followed the words he preached.

?He had compassion for everybody, loved everybody, treated everybody with respect. And everybody treated him with respect,? Knauft said.

?We know our father is eternally safe with the lord,? Alan Creach said, reading a statement from the family Monday morning. ?People have reached out to our family from this community from around our state and country even as far away as the distant reaches of China. Quite literally the shot my mother heard Wednesday evening has been heard around the world.?

Scott Creach was shot and killed by Spokane Valley Police Officer Brian Hirzel Wednesday night. Family members say Creach got out of bed and armed himself to check out a prowler at his business next door. But it wasn't a prowler, it was Officer Hirzel parked in an unmarked police car in his parking lot. There was some sort of confrontation and Officer Hirzel shot Creach.

Raised on a farm in Oklahoma, Creach started the Plant Farm in Spokane Valley in the 1970s. It started when he grew a few thousand extra tomato plants and grew into a nursery that sells plants across the Inland Northwest.

Friends say Creach will be remembered as a man that spent his life growing plants, a business and a church.

While the family did not want to talk Monday about Scott Creach?s death, they released the following statement:

We as a family wish to thank all the friends who have embraced us with love through their cards, calls, flowers and hugs. To those who have said, whatever you need? It is your love and compassion that continues to sustain us during this time. People have reached out to our family from this community, from around our state and country, even as far away as the distant reaches of China. Quite literally the shot my mother heard Wednesday evening has been heard around the world.We have chosen to have Dad's funeral here at Greenacres in spite of limited space because this has been the epicenter of our Dad's service to Christ. I am not here to ask you to share in our loss but to invite you to share with us in our hope. We know by the promises within God's word that our father is now in the presence of our Lord Jesus and his holy angels, marveling at the splendors of heaven. Jesus said,JOHN 10:27-28 My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me: (28) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.We know that our father is eternally safe with the Lord, that his battles and struggles are now done, to best describe how our father finished his life let me share with you what the apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy.2 TIMOTHY 4:6-8 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. (7) I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (8) Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give ,e at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.I think that it is very fitting that in his death our father's love for the Christ he has known personally for the last 48 years has been underscored and overshadows al the other interest of his life.In just a few minutes, we will gather to say goodbye to our Father, I'm sure there will be weeping but for those who understand, this will not be the sorrow of loss but of separation. To best explain what I mean let me share this short passage.1THESSALONIANS 4:14-18 I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. (14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him (15) For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not go before them which are asleep. (16) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (17) Then we which are alive and reamin shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (18) Wherefore comfort one another with these words.We speak of sleep, because we have a hope that is relying in the power of a risen Savior.This Thursday we will lay our Dad to rest in his hometown of Hammon Oklahoma, in the family burial plot where he was always wanted to be planted.By the time we return it is my hope that this veil of secrecy will have been lifted and that I might have the opportunity to share with all the others who were so tragically caught up in this event to assure that they too have the hope of eternal life that our father and his family has.May the grace of God be with us all and may he hold you in his protecting hands during these days.

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