Edward Stephen Melzer Jr.1921 ~ 2011Edward Stephen Melzer, Jr., age 90, passed away peacefully at his home in Salem, Utah on December 13, 2011 from cancer. He was born November 6, 1921 in Glendale, California to Edward Stephen Melzer and Antoinette Agnes Egermayer. He was the youngest child with two older sisters, Winifred and Dorothy.Raised in Glendale, he had fun memories of weekly family outings to the beach, adventures with friends, and being raised with a close extended family. He attended Hoover High School and then Glendale Junior College. Before joining the Army in 1944, he worked for Lockheed Aircraft assembling airplanes for the war effort. Following his graduation from UCLA with an engineering degree, he started his 30 year career as a mechanical engineer for the State of California. He was accomplished and admired in his field of expertise.Edward and Glenna June Lowry were married in Berkley, California on June 15, 1950. They later moved to Alhambra, California where they began their family. Their three children are Dwight, Carole, and Glenn. Ed loved the outdoors and annual camping trips to Yosemite with close friends and family.In 1959 while living in Alhambra, Ed joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a family, they were sealed in the Los Angeles Temple. Always proud of his Czech heritage and desiring to know his ancestors, he did extensive genealogical work discovering ties to thousands of ancestors. In 1968 he was transferred to the state office in Sacramento, California where they settled in the city of Fair Oaks. After retiring from the state, Ed and Glenna moved to Springville, Utah where he built their home. In 1987, he and Glenna were called as a missionary couple to the Canada Winnipeg mission where they served in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Shortly after their mission, Glenna was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. With much compassion, Ed cared for her for many years until her passing in 1999. Later, Ed married Norma Brady whose husband had also recently passed away. Ed and Norma were able to travel to many parts of the world. Their many years together before his passing were a great example and blessing to both sides of their extended families.Edward's warm and outgoing personality has endeared him to many. He is compassionate, generous, and supportive. He set an example of the importance of working hard and serving others in all facets of life. He will be greatly missed.Ed is survived by his wife Norma, children Dwight (Va Lynn), Carole Thomas (Kevin), and Glenn (Tammy), sister Winifred, twelve grandchildren, and thirteen great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his first wife Glenna, his sister Dorothy, and his grandson, Craig Peterson.Funeral services will be held Monday, December 19, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Salem 12th Ward Chapel, 160 South 460 West, Salem, Utah. Family and friends may call on Sunday evening, December 18, 2011, at Walker Funeral Home, 187 S. Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and on Monday morning at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be at the Springville City Cemetery.Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerfamilymortuary.com