Ervin Melvin Wilde, 89, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, returned home to his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 8, 1998. He was blessed to be reunited with his beloved wife, Gracia, who passed away on June 29, 1998. After 66 years of marriage, they were apart only nine days. Mel died peacefully in the home of his youngest daughter and son-in-law, Lynne and Bill Barnes.
He was born August 3, 1908 in Coalville, Utah, the son of Richard Wilde and Mary Ellen Staley. On April 16, 1931, Mel married Gracia Clemens Baker Wild in Paris, Idaho. The marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple.In his younger years, Mel was a skilled marksman and enjoyed the outdoors. He was a hunter's guide in the Wind River Range near Jackson Hole, WY, and once spent an entire working alone as a sheepherder for Covey Ranch in the mountains of Wyoming. Upon his return, he accepted a position managing that ranch. Later he settled in Border, WY, and had his own dairy and dry farm. He and Gracia spent many hours on the tractors, working the farm. There, they raised their two daughters.
In 1952, Mel an Gracia moved to Clearfield, Utah, where he got a job at Hill Air Force Base, working as an electrical equipment inspector on aircraft. He worked there for 20 years until he retired in 1972. Mel loved to travel and he and Gracia spent his early post-retirement years visiting various parts of the US and Canada. They also spent 12 summers in Apache Junction, AZ, making many lifelong friendships. He and his beloved wife, Gracia, were active members of the Clearfield First Ward and did temple work for many years.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Thomas B. Mackey (Bonnie Jean), of Sacramento, CA; and Mrs. Bill G. Barnes (Lynne), of Kaysville; six grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 11, 1998 at 10 a.m. at Lindquist's Clearfield Mortuary, 1050 South State. Friends and family may call Friday 6-8 p.m. and Saturday one hour prior to services. Interment, Cokeville, Wyoming City Cemetery, Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
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