On January 12, 2017 with his wife and friends by his side, Mel Stanton (63) peacefully, passed on from this life after a long battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was born in Toppenish on September 12, 1953 to Melvin and Gloria Stanton. He was the second of six children. He graduated from Toppenish High School in 1971 before enrolling in the United States Navy. During his time in the military, he was stationed on the U.S.S Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War. He held the job of aircraft mechanic, a job that he would carry with him throughout the rest of his life. Mel was honorably discharged in 1978.
Mel had a love for the mountains, driving truck, being a diesel mechanic, and, most recently, operating heavy equipment for the Operating Engineers Local 370. He took pride in his work and enjoyed spreading his sharp knowledge in his trades. Mel will always be remembered for his smile, his willingness to help others in need, his laugh and sarcastic, quick witted personality.
Mel is survived by the love of his life the past 21 years, wife Marlene Stanton; five children; brother Kirby Stanton; numerous grandchildren; and his furry friend, Daisy. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and his favorite furry friend, Maqua.
At Mel's request, there will be no formal services. He will be laid to rest with full military honors at a later date.
The family would like to thank Dr. Robyn Scherber, oncologist and her team at OHSU/VA in Portland, OR, The Glenwood Volunteer Fire Dept and First Responders, Providence Hood River ICU Unit, and most importantly, all of our friends who selflessly gave their time, help and support to Mel and his family. Gardner Funeral Home is in charge of cremation.