Personal tragedy has dogged Eric Scott's life too. In September 1989, he married Theresa Fargo, a woman whom he'd known since high school. The two were well suited and genuinely in love.
When she became pregnant, in 1992, they decorated a nursery, picked out names and attended pre-natal classes with all the excitement and enthusiasm of any expectant parents. But late in the pregnancy, Theresa developed a rash and became quite lethargic. The couple thought nothing much about that, assuming it was a natural reaction, part of expecting a baby.
Better safe than sorry, they visited their doctor, who grew concerned enough to direct them to the hospital for further tests. It turned out that she had acute myelomonocytic leukemia.
That was October 30th 1992. On November 3rd, their daughter Ashley was born via Caesarian section, a month early, in order to save her life. Two days later, Theresa died having not seen her baby.
Eric was left in mourning, with a premature new-born daughter and a full-time job. Family members immediately rallied around to help him, culminating with Theresa's Auntie Jean relocating from her home in Montana. She lived with Eric, so to care for the baby.
There was a further complication too. Eric is Jewish, Theresa was Catholic. Eric was determined that Ashley would be raised with knowledge of both religions. Fortunately, the local rabbi and priest were able to work together to help him forge a feasible compromise.
Eric Scott was at a grief counseling session, when he met Cynthia Ullman Wolfen. Her husband had died of lung cancer, so the two had plenty to talk about. Bit by bit, that mutual support became a real friendship, then romance.
They married in March 2001, and their daughter Emma was born a few months later. Their family was completed in 2004, when their son Jeremy Ethan arrived.
A fact that's delighted fans of The Waltons is that Cynthia goes by the name Cindy. Ben got to marry Cindy in real life too! (Though, unlike Jon, not the actress who played the screen version!)