Scott Jaquith was born and raised in the city of Boca Raton, Florida where he spent most of his early life on the beach and in the water on Florida’s southeast coast. It wasn’t until he began considering college that he gave serious thought to relocating to the Southwest. Scott attended the College of Santa Fe and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2002. Since 2009 Scott has worked as an archaeological illustrator, photographer, and graphic designer for the Museum of New Mexico’s Office of Archaeological Studies in Santa Fe.
While attending the College of Santa Fe, Scott met Khristaan Villela, who was his professor of art history and who introduced him to Freemasonry. In the spring of 2011, Scott petitioned for the degrees in Freemasonry in Cerrillos Lodge No. 19 in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Scott was initiated as an Entered Apprentice in May, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft in July, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in October of 2011, and in December of the same year petitioned Montezuma Lodge for plural membership. Scott’s first officer’s role was that of Junior Deacon of Cerrillos Lodge, then as Junior Deacon in Montezuma Lodge, and has simultaneously held officerships, both appointed and elected, in both lodges ever since. In 2015, Scott was elected to serve as Worshipful Master of Cerrillos Lodge and then served as Worshipful Master of Montezuma Lodge in 2018.
While serving as Worshipful Master of Cerrillos Lodge, the Lodge began to move toward the “observant” lodge path at the insistence of the brethren, and under Scott’s leadership. Observant Masonic lodges focus on the candidate’s experience of initiation and his continued Masonic education, thereby enhancing a new Mason’s understanding of Freemasonry and fostering his ability to become a well-rounded participant in our fraternity. Focusing on the importance of a candidate’s initiation, the value of Masonic education, and the significance of Freemasonry as a transformative experience are at the core of an observant lodge and adhering to these tenets greatly improved attendance and participation in Cerrillos Lodge. Scott hopes that abiding by these same principles will allow Montezuma Lodge to become a statewide leader in excellence in Freemasonry.
In 2017, Scott was appointed by Most Worshipful Grand Master Ernie D. Shoup to the position of District Deputy Grand Lecturer for the Second Masonic District, which includes all of north-central New Mexico, from Santa Fe north to the Colorado border, and continued his appointment under Most Worshipful Grand Master Adam L. Hathaway in 2018. In 2019, Most Worshipful Grand Master Ralph A. Easley appointed Scott to act as District Deputy Grand Master for the Second Masonic District. Serving as District Deputy Grand Lecturer and District Deputy Grand Master of the Second Masonic District of New Mexico has been an honor and a privilege and Scott has had the good fortune to serve as Deputy under two of his Masonic ritual mentors, Right Worshipful Brother Dan Lucero and Most Worshipful Brother Jeff Johnson; the commitment to ritual excellence that both Right Worshipful Brother Lucero and Most Worshipful Brother Johnson display is always inspiring.
Scott hopes to continue to lead by example for the remainder of his term as District Deputy Grand Master for the Grand Lodge of New Mexico under Most Worshipful Grand Master Easley. The Second Masonic District has some very exciting plans ahead and the 2019 Regional Communication in Taos this coming October proves to be a very enjoyable and educational event.