Melvin C. Memmott
Melvin Cleone Memmott, 90, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Independence Day, July 4, 2022. He fought a valiant fight and returned home to his Heavenly Father and loved ones.
Mel was born March 13, 1932, in Scipio, Utah to Eugene and Lillie Memmott. He was the fifth of ten children. His mother thought he was a beautiful baby with dark brown eyes. He appreciated his family, childhood in the country, and the lessons his parents taught him to trust in God and to love his fellowmen. Mel graduated from Hinckley High School where he was involved in sports and music. He attended two years at Utah State University studying music and electrical engineering and then transferred to the University of Utah. He enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War and traveled to California, Arizona, Oklahoma, Iceland and England serving his country.
He married the love of his life, Nancy Carol Peterson, on June 20, 1958, in the Manti Temple. They recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. Theirs was a deep and abiding love and they held hands constantly inspiring others by their genuine love for each other. Mel’s greatest wish was to always take care of his sweet wife, Nancy. Family was everything to him and all he did in life was for the benefit of his eternal companion and family.
Mel and Nancy resided in Bountiful, Utah for most of their married life. They had four wonderful children: Melanie, Suzette, Alicia and Jared, who loved him dearly. He was a beloved grandfather "Papa” and his grandchildren thought he could fix anything. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with all of his heart.
Mel worked for the U.S. Government as an Electronic Technician for 38 years at Hill Air Force Base and Tooele Army Depot retiring with the National Weather Service in 1994. While working for the government, he maintained and repaired weather instruments in the office and at many remote sites throughout the state of Utah. Mel was a self-taught mechanic who could often be found fixing and updating the family cars. He regularly shared his knowledge with his children and grandchildren about how to keep their cars running to keep them safe.
He was a faithful, active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings as Branch President, Branch Counselor, Stake Clerk, Stake Missionary, Young Men’s Presidency, Sunday School Presidency, High Priest Secretary, Home Teacher and Ministering Brother. While serving in Cub Scouts he was a great leader for the young men he mentored. He also served as a temple ordinance worker in the Bountiful and Nauvoo temples.
He and Nancy served four missions: Washington, D.C.; Vancouver, Canada and twice to Nauvoo, Illinois. In Washington D.C. he was in charge of maintaining a large fleet of mission vehicles and was beloved by the missionaries who named him “Car Czar.” In Nauvoo he performed in many plays and performed in the musical “Sunset on the Mississippi.” Mel loved his missions and continued to share his testimony with everyone throughout his life. He believed in miracles and inspired others with his love of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He had a deep trust in them and was a faithful disciple always. Mel loved to read his scriptures, learn more about the gospel, and sing hymns. He taught his children how to endure joyfully and graciously to the end.
Mel loved to sing and was happiest when sharing a song with someone. He was a member of the Tabernacle Choir for over twenty-two years and enjoyed traveling with Nancy around the globe singing his testimony and meeting new people. He always sang in choirs and performed solos throughout the valley. His family loved to see him on TV during General Conference and hear him sing at funerals, weddings, and reunions. His voice blessed many lives as he was our family’s “Bing Crosby.” He recorded a CD of his favorite songs that others admired and told him it brought them peace, joy and relaxation. He freely gave his CD to anyone he met as a gift from his heart. He served in various volunteer positions including Co-President of the PTA with Nancy and the National Exchange Club. He loved to meet and serve others in any way he could.
Melvin had a very pleasant personality and always saw the best in life. He was described often as a man without guile. Some of his greatest strengths were listening, being patient and uplifting others. He was a champion of people and shared inspiring stories from the people he met to help others. He loved a good joke – to hear them, to tell them and his laughter was contagious. His love, kindness, sweetness, and example will remain with his family here on earth. Melvin is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy, their four children and spouses: Melanie (Bill) Choules, Suzette (James) Rose, Alicia (Jim) Richardson, Jared (Mary) Memmott; their ten grandchildren: Christina, Jennifer, Elizabeth, Cami, Chelise, Charity, Caitlin, Madison, Casey, Ashley and 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Inga Mae Shurtz; sister-in-law, Rita Debenham; 2 brothers-in-law, Ray Debenham and Vester Clark Stinnett along with numerous nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 22, 2022, at 2 pm with visitation from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Bountiful Tabernacle (55 S. Main St. Bountiful, UT). A visitation will also be held on Thursday, July 21, 2022, from 6-8 pm at Lindquist’s Bountiful Mortuary (727 N. 400 E. Bountiful, UT). Interment will take place following the services at the Bountiful City Cemetery. The family would like to express gratitude to Theresa Head, Julie Arnold, Legacy House of Bountiful, and to family and friends who have served him and offered prayers on the family’s behalf.
Services will be live-streamed by scrolling to the bottom of Melvin’s obituary page.
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