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Melvin Ballard Excell
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Birth: Nov. 6, 1921
Garfield County
Utah, USA
Death: Jul. 11, 1939
Garfield County
Utah, USA

Ballard Excell, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Excell, died at 8:30 Thursday evening of this week from injuries received when he dove from a seven-foot bank into water about 5 feet deep. Death was the result of a neck fracture, which caused paralysis of the respiratory center.
He, together with a group of friends, were swimming behind an irrigation backer in the Long Canal some three miles north and east of town. Several of the party were in the pool when he dove from the bank and bumped his head on the bottom. He came up to the surface, but his head remained under water. Thinking that he was playing a prank the other swimmers took little notice until he sank. Shortly afterward he returned to the surface and was aided to the bank.
Don Excell, a brother to the sticken boy, was with the group and he began working with his brother. He furnished the stricken lad with artificial respiration while Mrs. Leona Talbot came to town for assistance. Dr. W. W. Miles was summoned and went to the scene of the accident and ministered aid. The youth was moved to town, where a tank of oxygen was obtained from a local garage and through use of oxygen and artificial respiration they managed to keep the youth alive for some five hours following the accident.
Ballard Excell was born in Panguitch, November 6, 1921 and has lived here all his life. He attended local grade schools and was a junior at Garfield High School last winter and played center on the high school basketball team. During the summer he has been working with his brother and farming land in the valley. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Excell, three brothers, James, Earl and Don Excell, and five sisters, Mrs. Levi Myers, Mrs. Alton Talbot, Mrs. Albert Sevy, Mrs. Oric Talbot and Marie Excell, all of Panguitch. One sister, Irene Excell, was killed in an automobile accident north of town on highway 89, February 20, 1938.

Taken from the Garfield County News 7-13-1939 
Family links: 
  Henry George Excell (1884 - 1940)
  Ane Marie Henrie Excell (1886 - 1976)
  Ora Gedske Excell Myers (1908 - 1995)*
  Leona Elizabeth Excell Talbot (1909 - 1998)*
  James Henry Excell (1911 - 1985)*
  Gean Excell Henrie (1913 - 2007)*
  Elsa Excell Talbot (1914 - 1999)*
  Earl E Excell (1916 - 1944)*
  Irene Excell (1917 - 1938)*
  Don G Excell (1920 - 2009)*
  Melvin Ballard Excell (1921 - 1939)
  Ane Marie Excell Mortensen (1925 - 2012)*
*Calculated relationship
Panguitch City Cemetery
Garfield County
Utah, USA
Plot: Block 7, Lot 16
Maintained by: A.Bell
Originally Created by: Donna Osborn (inactive)
Record added: Dec 14, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23397679
Melvin Ballard Excell
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Melvin Ballard Excell
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Melvin Ballard Excell
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