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Melvin R. Jones

Melvin Robert Jones – Mel to all who met him – passed away early 4 July 2019. He was born on 10 July 1943 to Albert V. and Melvina Taylor Jones. He was the youngest of seven siblings – Hattie, Albert, Charles “Chuck”, Ruth Mae, Martha and Harold. Mel was born and grew up in the Mormon Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico. He loved to be outdoors and if his mother couldn’t find him, he was usually playing in his treehouse in the back orchard. As the youngest, he was always doted on by his older siblings. Around the age of 11, his family moved to Pleasant Grove, Utah to escape the persecutions of the local outlaw, Pancho Villa. He graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in 1961. Mel then served a 3-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Argentina, where he gained a lifelong love of the Spanish culture and language. Upon returning, Mel attended Brigham Young University and graduated with his Bachelors Degree in Political Science. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army in the Artillery and spent a year and a half in Vietnam. Upon his discharge from the Army, Mel returned to BYU where he met and married Ellen Lavina West. They both graduated on the same day, Mel with his Masters in Public Administration, and Ellen with a Bachelors Degree in Home Economics. Mel began working in Financial Aid for California State University, Fullerton, Eastern Arizona College and finally for Southern Virginia University, spanning more than 30 years. He had a great love for history, geography and reading. Mel was also an avid story teller and writer, having several of his stories published later in his life. Mel loved to be around people and would go and mingle whenever possible. He loved to sit and talk with whomever needed a listening ear and tried to help all to have a smile. Mel is preceded in death by: his wife, Ellen. Mel is survived by: his seven children, Korilynn, Jeremy Robert, Ryan Scott, Kimberly Rose, Timothy “Chad”, Shawn Michael, Kassandra Marie and fifteen grandchildren.


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Mel served as Financial Aid Director at EAC during my tenure as Assistant Dean of Counseling. We shared the special bond that veterans of service in Vietnam.creates. I will always think of him as the one who enabled me to openly share my experience and come to terms with the impact Vietnam had on my life. For that I am deeply grateful. He was a fine man. Dick Spining

Richard Spining Jul 19 2019 12:00 AM

Mel served as Financial Aid Director at EAC during my tenure as Assistant Dean of Counseling. We shared the special bond that veterans of service in Vietnam.creates. I will always think of him as the one who enabled me to openly share my experience and come to terms with the impact Vietnam had on my life. For that I am deeply grateful. He was a fine man. Dick Spining

Richard Spining Jul 19 2019 12:00 AM

Our family enjoyed lots of memories in common with the Jones' while Ron and Mel worked together at Eastern Arizona College. I would like to relate just one story that shows how kind and generous Mel and Ellen were. Our family was planning a road trip to Iowa to visit relatives with our 7 children. When Mel heard we were going to take the trip in our old station wagon, he offered their roomy van instead. I can't believe we actually took them up on it, but we did. And what a trip it was. We traded vehicles with them and put all those miles on their van, blessing their names all the way and back again. Mel's children can be very proud of the kind of Christ-like man their father was. Ron passed on ahead of Mel 5 years ago, but I like to think he was among the crowds of friends and relatives that greeted Mel on July 4th. Our cemetery plots are right together in the Thatcher Cemetery, so when I visit Ron's, I will think of Mel and Ellen every time. Love, Connie Keith

Connie Keith Jul 12 2019 12:00 AM

Our family enjoyed lots of memories in common with the Jones' while Ron and Mel worked together at Eastern Arizona College. I would like to relate just one story that shows how kind and generous Mel and Ellen were. Our family was planning a road trip to Iowa to visit relatives with our 7 children. When Mel heard we were going to take the trip in our old station wagon, he offered their roomy van instead. I can't believe we actually took them up on it, but we did. And what a trip it was. We traded vehicles with them and put all those miles on their van, blessing their names all the way and back again. Mel's children can be very proud of the kind of Christ-like man their father was. Ron passed on ahead of Mel 5 years ago, but I like to think he was among the crowds of friends and relatives that greeted Mel on July 4th. Our cemetery plots are right together in the Thatcher Cemetery, so when I visit Ron's, I will think of Mel and Ellen every time. Love, Connie Keith

Connie Keith Jul 12 2019 12:00 AM

We sure love our Jones family and are sorry for your loss. We enjoyed many years with OBJ and all the wonderful YBJ's (Young Brother Jones') in our home. We will treasure the stories he told us about his service to our country. His example of faith and loyalty to family and country is embedded in our hearts. It was a privilege to be the Jones' friends. We love all of you and will truly miss him but are happy that he is with his Ellen.

Suzette Udall Jul 8 2019 12:00 AM

We sure love our Jones family and are sorry for your loss. We enjoyed many years with OBJ and all the wonderful YBJ's (Young Brother Jones') in our home. We will treasure the stories he told us about his service to our country. His example of faith and loyalty to family and country is embedded in our hearts. It was a privilege to be the Jones' friends. We love all of you and will truly miss him but are happy that he is with his Ellen.

Suzette Udall Jul 8 2019 12:00 AM

We would like to express our love and condolences to our friends and neighbors, the Melvin Jones family. As you already know, Mel was one in a million and he was an honorable man with a beautiful soul. He loved and served his family, his neighbors, his church and his community, but most importantly, he served his country and for that we will always be grateful. It is very fitting that he passed away on Independence Day. May the Lord bless you in your grief and your future lives. Sincerely, Allan and Zilpha Gardner

Z Gardner Jul 7 2019 12:00 AM

We would like to express our love and condolences to our friends and neighbors, the Melvin Jones family. As you already know, Mel was one in a million and he was an honorable man with a beautiful soul. He loved and served his family, his neighbors, his church and his community, but most importantly, he served his country and for that we will always be grateful. It is very fitting that he passed away on Independence Day. May the Lord bless you in your grief and your future lives. Sincerely, Allan and Zilpha Gardner

Z Gardner Jul 7 2019 12:00 AM

To the Mel Jones Family: we are very sorry for you loss.

Robert,Diane,Rick, Margaret Allred Jul 6 2019 12:00 AM

To the Mel Jones Family: we are very sorry for you loss.

Robert,Diane,Rick, Margaret Allred Jul 6 2019 12:00 AM