Longtime Commissioner Pat Scully remembered for dedication to parks, Hastings


Former Dakota County Commissioner Pat Scully was remembered for his dedication to helping build the Dakota County Parks System.
Scully, a longtime Dakota County Board commissioner and Hastings business owner, passed away on Wednesday, April 3 at Regina Senior Living at the age of 98.
“The legacy of Pat Scully is enjoyed by all Dakota County residents today,” said current Dakota County Commissioner Mike Slavik of Hastings. “He was instrumental in the creation of the Dakota County Park System, now serving over 2 million visitors a year, and specifically worked with landowners to acquire what is now Schaar’s Bluff and Lake Byllesby Regional Park.”
Scully was born in Ireland and immigrated to the United States in 1953, settling in St. Paul. He married Carol Johnston in 1954, and they settled in Hastings in 1958.
Scully was co-owner of Hastings Sanitary & Disposal for 27 years. He left an indelible mark on the community in his service on the county board, leading the effort to purchase the land and build the Dakota County Government Center to ensure the county seat remained in Hastings.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Scully was held on Monday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings with private interment at a later date.
Scully is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Michael (Jane) Scully, Patrick Scully Jr., and Margaret Wright; six grandchildren, Meghan (Dylan), Shannon (Josh), Colin (Natalie), John (Abby), Bob (Josie), Joe (Natalie) and eight great grandchildren; Evelyn, Aria, Nellie, David, Jonah, Camryn, Ben, and Emmett, and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.