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Melvin Lawrence Nash
Birth: Aug. 13, 1928
Tooele
Tooele County
Utah, USA
Death: Mar. 26, 2009
Saint George
Washington County
Utah, USA

Melvin was my Mom's little brother. To his family siblings, he was known as "Johnny Gas Tank," but I've no idea why. He passed away on her birthday. I know she was there to welcome him home.

This is his obituary:

Melvin Lawrence Nash, 80, of St. George, Utah, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend, passed away Thursday March 26, 2009.

Melvin was born on August 13, 1928 in Tooele, Utah, to Robert Alma Nash and Mary Etta Bradley. He was sixth of nine children.

Melvin lived in Tooele until he was 11, when the family moved to Butte Montana where his father worked in the mines.

Melvin served a mission for the L.D.S. Church from 1948-1950 in Southern California without purse or scrip. After his mission, in Butte is where he met Carol Jean Stark "the new girl in town" and they were married in 1951 in the Cardston, Alberta Canada L.D.S Temple.

While working in the mines in Butte, their first daughter Lila Jean was born. Melvin always wanted to farm so they purchased a small dairy in Columbia Falls, Montana. Three more children were born, Raymond, Doreen and Alan. To better their income, Melvin decided to attend Montana State University in Bozeman where their fifth child Diane was born. While working on his degree, he was offered a job in mortgage banking in Missoula Montana. This is where their last two sons Bradley and Bryan were born.

Still wanting to farm, Melvin eventually bought a dairy farm in Stevensville Montana and raised their seven children. (Bradley died in 1974). He sold the dairy in the late Seventies and went back to school in Bozeman to receive his Degree in Industrial Arts. Melvin and Carol moved to Hermiston Oregon in 1981 and Melvin taught Industrial Arts at Hermiston High School until his retirement in 1994.

Melvin was a "jack of all trades". He built several homes during his life. He helped build his family's house as a young man and built or remodeled most of the homes he lived in. He could build or fix anything. Melvin loved to grow things. When he was not farming, he had a large beautiful garden and yard. Many of his children have followed in his footsteps and love gardening.

Melvin was a lifetime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served in whatever capacity he was called; Branch President, Bishop and Stake Patriarch. In 1996, Melvin and Carol served an 18-month mission for the L.D.S. Church in Salt Lake City, Utah.

They lived in Hermiston, OR on Theater Lane until July of 2007 when they sold their home and purchased a small condo in St. George, Utah.

He is survived by his wife Carol Jean of 57 years; children, Lila Jean (Jerry) Bender of Centralia, WA, Raymond (Debbie) Nash of Wellington, UT, Doreen (Kirk) Gerner of Corvallis, OR, Alan (Staci) Nash of Benton City, WA, Diane (Roger) Cox of Newman Lake, WA and Bryan Nash of Utah; 23 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; sister, Wilma Meyers of Butte, MT, sister, Mary Murlene (Dick) Weldon of Malaga, WA, sister, Verla Giolas of Riverton, UT, and numerous nieces and nephews. 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert Alma Nash (1889 - 1964)
  Mary Etta Bradley Nash (1897 - 1985)
 
 Children:
  Bradley William Nash (1962 - 1974)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Andrew Nash (1919 - 2009)*
  Robert Alma Nash (1919 - 1993)*
  Daniel Edwin Nash (1921 - 1990)*
  Hazel Louise Nash Moran (1923 - 1995)*
  Mildred Elnora Nash Warner (1926 - 2002)*
  Melvin Lawrence Nash (1928 - 2009)
  Wilma Mae Nash Meyers (1931 - 2016)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
MARRIED SEPT. 20, 1951
 
Burial:
Hermiston Cemetery
Hermiston
Umatilla County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Sec D Lot 70 Grave 2
 
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Record added: Mar 27, 2009
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Melvin Lawrence Nash
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