Born January 16, 1920 in Weed, CA. Died July 9, 2010 in Huntington Beach, peacefully at home looking out at the Seacliff Golf Course. He was a graduate of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA.

A World War II Navy veteran, Mel participated in campaigns in the Aleutians and the South Pacific. After the war, Mel spent the next 28 years in the U.S. Navy and retired as Commander, Naval Base, Los Angeles-Long Beach. His many Navy medals included the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. Mel was then hired as the first executive director of the California Coastal Commission serving Los Angeles and Orange Counties where he was responsible for developing the coastal conservation plan for these two counties.

In retirement Mel with his wife Jane enjoyed golf, traveling, St. Mary’s alumni activities and especially volunteering at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jane, two sons Jim and Carl, daughter Kathleen, daughters-in-law Barbara and Carol, granddaughters Carolyn (Ricardo) and Jennifer and great grandchildren Katelyn and Ryan.