May 31, 1921September 19, 2013

Melvin C. Grant, age 92, died on September 19, 2013 in Chula Vista, California.

Mel was obsessed with education and the profession of education always encouraging others to embrace teaching as a career. He did undergraduate work at Northern Illinois U in DeKalb, III and then entered the Army Air Force based in England flying 27 missions on B24 bombers. Following discharge he completed his BA and later MA in Education at San Diego State University. His teaching career began in San Marcos, CA. Followed by principalships at Vista Square and Harborside Elementary School in the Chula Vista District. Incite to join the Grossmont Union High school District he was appointed founding principal of the newly built Mount Miguel High School. Following his retirement Mel enjoyed gardening and developing their +3 acres in Spring Valley. He chose Rotary International as his service club and served as president of the Lemon Grove Club.

Mel is survived by his wife of 70 years Marian who lives at Fredericka Manor Senior Community in Chula Vista , two sisters Ruth Crowley and Bernice Andrake of WA., two daughters: Pam Grant of Camino, CA and Deborah Grant of Rancho Bernardo, nine grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

His family will always remember his sweet temperament and cheerful demeanor, They acknowledge the marvelous care he received from Villa Bonita Senior Living, Kaiser Medical Personnel, Hospice and the Fredericka Manor Care Center.

A private family memorial celebration was held on Friday, September 20, 2013. Cremation is planned under the direction of Humphrey Mortuary.

The family suggests contribution to the Braille Institute where Mel was assisted during his years of vision loss.



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Jay Eskridge

October 24, 2013

THANK YOU MR. GRANT! After reading your guest book and thinking about my own time at Mt. Miguel '59-'63, I realized what a great staff you put together: Mr. Brown-History, Ms. Prine-Chemistry, Mr. Christiansen-Music, Ms. Fields-Councelor and so many more. We had championship sports teams, great drama presentations and an award winning band. We had it all thanks to YOU!

October 8, 2013

In 1969 Mel fought a battle with Hazel Bole, PR Supt., to hire me, at a time when my husband, Ned was a teacher at Mt.Miguel, and won. I will be always grateful as it started my 25 yr. teaching career. Mel also hired Ned as his wrestling coach in 1963, and provided much support in aiding MM to grow into a powerhouse wrestling school. He supported his teachers, was always gracious and available. He earned his entry into the MM Hall of Fame. Sue & Ned Blass

Charles Edens

October 6, 2013

Mr Grant took me to a Rotary Club meeting, I think to give a presentation about the band. On the way up Sweetwater Road the odometer on his truck turned over to 100,000 miles as he watched. He was delighted. "Now there's something you don't see every day!" My old history teacher , Willis Austin, told me years after I graduated, "you guys probably didn't realize what an extraordinary principal Mel Grant was. Always fair." Bless your memory, Mr. Grant.

Eddy Hayman

October 4, 2013

I never heard an unkind remark uttered about Mr. Grant which helps show you the kind of man he was. A true gentleman. Friendly, considerate, enthusiastic and loyal to his students...all of us Mt. Miguel graduates. We missed you at our 50th! May you rest is peace, Mr. Grant, knowing how much you were loved and respected.

Terry Gietzen Janke

October 1, 2013

I was fortunate enough to be a student under Mr Grant when he was Principle. I'll never forget his kind words, even when you were to see him for disipline. He wanted you to be your best, Thanks for everything Mr Grant.
Terry Gietzen Janke 1973

September 30, 2013

I met and worked with Mel for only one year, 1964-65, as a coach and teacher at Mt. Miguel High. I found him unique in his profession. He was an exceptional leader with a lasting demeanor of charm and good will.

Mack Wiebe
Portland, Oregon

Jim Lundquist

September 30, 2013

I am aware that the entire Justin Lundquist family appreciated the hard work and dedication that Mel Grant showed all his students. Jan, Carol, Pat, Paul and Jim Lundquist all attended Mount Miguel High School, while out father, Dr. Jus Lundquist, was also a Principal at the Mount Miguel Adult High School. Two outstanding people. Bless all.

mike foote '65

September 30, 2013

It starts at the top and Mr. Grant made Mt. Miguel High School a wonderful place to learn, grow up and most importantly prepare for the future. Recently I learned that the faculty had as much fun as we did. That put a smile on my face and reminded me that special leadership skills are necessary to so positively impact 2,200 to 2,500 students and faculty annually. Thank you Mel Grant for the thousands of lives you touched.

September 30, 2013

What an incredible man. I remet Mel at an all class reunion a few years ago. He not only remembered me but also my parents with antedotes! Kept me on my toes.....then and now.

Jacque Hamilton McKibben, Class of 66
Board of Directors, Mt. Miguel Alumni Foundation

Andrew Olson

September 30, 2013

My sympathy to you Marian. The meetings of the CalRTA in La Mesa will never be the same for me without at least a short visit with wonderful Mel. We often sat together. Thanks for bringing him to the meetings.