Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Melvin Grace Wood, age 94, passed away May 9, 1991, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Melvin was born February 19, 1897, in Clearfield, Utah, the son of James Grace and Susan Eustacia Stoddard Wood. He married LaVora Smith in 1923, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple; she preceded him in death in 1959. He married Opal Lenora Cahoon in 1962, in the Logan LDS Temple. Longtime resident/leader of Clearfield, he served as Mayor for six years and was responsible for the first street lights in that city. Melvin worked for many years as a General Manager at Smith Canning Co. He was also the owner/operator of Melwood Construction and Norge Cleaning. He enjoyed gardening (his home was a showplace in the community) and also farmed a portion of his father's farm. A member of the Kiwanis Club of Clearfield, he was recently honored by the club as an outstanding citizen of Clearfield. Active member of the LDS Church; in a lifetime of service to his fellow man and his church, he fulfilled a mission in the Central States (serving mostly in Texas), was Bishop, served on the High Council, and stake Patriarch. Melvin was respected and admired and offered unconditional love to every person who came into his life.Survivors include his wife Opal, of Salt Lake City; daughters, Maurine Wilhelmsen, serving in the Arcadia, Calif., Mission, Mrs. Reed (Allene) Whitesides, Burke, Virg., Mrs. Marvin (Norma Jean) Mumford, Salt Lake City, Mrs. Gayle (Beverly) Stevenson, Layton, Mrs. Stanley (Mary Ellen) Smoot, Centerville and Mrs. Val (Ruth Ann) Christensen, Logan. Also surviving are the children of Opal, three sons and a daughter, Jack (and Suzanne) Cahoon, Mercer Island, Wash., Valdon Gene (and Helene) Cahoon, Salem, OR, Mrs. James (Gerry) Fisher, Byron, Calif., and George Earnest (and Paula) Cahoon, Yakima, Wash.; 36 grandchildren; 122 great-grandchildren; four great great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Kay (Susan) Nelson, Clinton, Preceded in death by Son-in-law, Mack Wilhelmsen, two sisters and two brothers.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 14th, 1:00 pm, at the Clearfield Stake Center, 935 South State, Clearfield, Utah. Friends may call Monday, from 6 to 8 pm at the Salt Lake Fourteenth Ward, 142 West 200 North, Salt Lake City and on Tuesday at the Clearfield Ward from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm. Interment: Clearfield City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: The Holbrook Funeral Chapel.
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