Okay, I have figure the two issues as of right now. The first issue is with the menu scene crashing/closing. I did change the Scaling Style to "Constrained On Mobiles" as well checked both Content Width/height. You only need Content Height checked. Now the menu scene doesn't crash/close.
The second issue with the menu scene getting skipped and going straight to the game scene. I forgot about the Scene hierarchy in the Build Menu. Once I put the menu scene above the game scene then everything worked.
Sorry for posting these issues but at least if someone else runs into these issues this should help them.