Melvin was born May 9, 1942, to Marie (LeFevre) and Rell Stewart. After his parents divorce, he and his three brothers Garth, Gordon, and Dale, were loved and raised by their mother and step-dad Larry Johnston. The boys all learned how to work hard at a very early age. As a young man Melvin delivered newspapers, worked as a mechanic and on the drag lines on the Salt Flats. He worked hard to buy his first car, a 55 Chevy, and was really proud of that.
During his high school years there wasn’t a high school in Wendover, so Melvin lived in Grantsville during the week to attend school and then came home to work on the weekends. He graduated from Grantsville High School in 1960.
In 1964 Melvin was drafted into the Vietnam War and honorably served in the army as an MP.
Melvin was a proud father of five children, a very proud grandfather of 14, and a very, very proud great-grandfather of 10. Grandpa Mel was always ready with a compliment, a treat, and a Pepsi (later he became a big fan of Red Bull). He spent most of his career as a service station owner, and cabinet maker. He owned a Hawaiian speedboat that won many friendly races, and spent a lot of hours, for a lot of years, towing friends and family around Lake Mead.
As a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he particularly enjoyed serving with the youth.
In 2002, Mel moved back home to Wendover and instantly became an important part of the Wendover community again. He participated in and volunteered with the Senior Citizens Center for many years. Mel loved taking care of his yard and it was always green and lush. His favorite pastime was time spent in his “pinochle porch” surrounded by pinochle playing friends and family. In the last year, he became a very accomplished texter, using emojis to convey just about everything.
Mel is survived by his brother Gordon (DeAnna); children Terri Stewart, Rich (Jill) Stewart, Greg Stewart, Jeff (Lesa) Stewart, Jen (Marty) Paris; 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren; plus nieces, nephews and friends who loved Uncle Mel as their own, and who he loved as his own.
He was preceded in death by his parents Larry and Marie Johnston, brothers Garth and Dale, and sister-in-law Sheila Stewart.
Per dad’s wishes he will be cremated and a graveside service will be held at a future date. We would like to thank the Wendover community, all of his friends and neighbors, and particularly our family who loved our dad and served him tirelessly. He felt so loved and appreciated by everyone. He always had a generous supply of wood cut and stacked (which he always used quickly to keep his house toasty warm), food delivered, meals eaten out together, visits enjoyed and countless other acts of service. Our dad loved you all, and as he was often heard saying when he said goodbye, “It’s been a bit of heaven.”