Mel, 81, was born in the Brown House in Stayton. He graduated
from St. Boniface High School in 1949. Mel lived in Sublimity and
Salem most of his life. He served in the US Navy in Japan and
Korea during the Korean War. After his Military Service, Mel moved
to Los Angeles to attend Television Repair School and became one
of the first RCA Television Repairmen. During that time he met
moved back to Sublimity in 1960.
He worked at Frank Lumber Co. until 1973.
Mel then went on to work as a "Top"
salesman and later as a sales manager for Combined
He retired from Combined Insurance Co. in 1994, after 21
years of service. Mel was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church
in Sublimity. He enjoyed yard work, shopping with his wife,
watching sports, especially the local Regis High School teams,
going to the Oregon Coast, reading and visiting with his family.
Mel always had a positive attitude and tried to pass that
on to others.
is survived by his wife Carmen (Yates) of Salem, whom he married
on September 10, 1976 in Gates, OR, children: Cheryl (Lee) Kauk of
Grass Valley, CA., Jeff (Brenda) Hartmann-Spahn of Birmingham, AL,
Mark (Julie) Hartmann-Spahn of Rocklin, CA, Terry (Elaine) Smith
of Overton, NE, and Tim (Michelle) Smith of Benkelman, NE, 13
grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Mel was preceded in
death by son Greg Smith, his three sisters, Maryanne Hartmann,
Rosina Harksen and Angeline Harold and one brother, Darrel
Mass of Christian Burial will be performed on Friday, August 31,
2012 at 11:00 am at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Sublimity. His
private interment will be in Willamette National Cemetery,
Portland. Contributions may be made to Regis High School Athletic
Association or the Stayton Brown House. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.