Stanley Dee Melton
May 27, 1941 – January 30, 2014
Stanley Dee Melton was born May 27, 1941 to Alex and Margaret Melton. He was the oldest brother to Joanna, Becky, Char, and Rich. He began school at Lucerne country school in 1948 and attended various schools throughout the Magic Valley until graduating from Filer High School in 1959 where he excelled in golf and junior rifle club winning various awards and trophies.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force in January 1960 and was assigned to a civil engineering squadron at Travis Air Force Base California. He was honorably discharged in January, 1964. He loved his country and was very proud of his service. While in the service, he married Helen Jean Patterson his high school sweetheart on September 10, 1961. This union was blessed with three boys: Scotty, Kevin, and Ed.
Stan was a member of the Filer Baptist Church, Kiwanis Club, American Legion Post 47 and Twin Falls Gun Club. He also taught hunter safety for Idaho Fish and Game for many years and certified over 400 young hunters. He was active in Boy Scout Troop73 and Cub Scouts. He loved fishing, trapshooting, and hunting.
He did various jobs throughout his life. He worked at Twin Falls Tractor as a mechanic and a shop foreman. He went on to farm his own 160 acre place northwest of Filer. In 1987, he left production farming, they moved to Jerome, and he became a truck driver. He drove a total of 3.5 million accident-free miles before retiring in 2006. During these years, he maintained a beautiful yard and garden. He shared much of his produce with the Jerome Senior Center and his neighbors.
He suffered an abdominal aneurysm in May 2011 and his health slowly deteriorated. Stan and Helen moved to Woodstone Assisted Living in June 2011. They were blessed that summer to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
Stan passed away January 30, 2014 at Oak Creek Rehabilitation Center in Kimberly, Idaho. He is survived by his wife, Helen Jean, son, Kevin (Martha) and grandchildren, Kristopher and Dustie (Casey Ridley), mother Margaret and siblings, Joanna Eastwood, Becky (Ralph) Taylor, Char (Alex) Sinclair and Rich Melton. He is also survived by his special niece, Lori (John) Holt and children Joshua, Michael, and Hannah Holt, and many other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Alex and sons, Scotty and Ed.
He fought a courageous battle which is now done! Rest in peace Stan, Love Jean.
A celebration of Stan's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Filer Baptist Church 254 US Highway 30 in Filer, Idaho with Pastor Andy Paz officiating. Burial will follow at the Filer Cemetery with Military honors by the Magic Valley Honor Guard and Idaho National Guard. Services are under the direction of Trent Stimpson and staff at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls
Please send cards to Helen Melton at Woodstone Assisted Living 491 Caswell Avenue West, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301. Stan's family would like to offer a special note of gratitude to the staff at Woodstone Assisted Living, Visions Home Health, and Oak Creek Rehab for their excellent care of Stan.
Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.reynoldschapel.com.
- Celebration of Stanley's Life Saturday, February 8, 2014
Stanley Dee Melton
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February 5, 2014
Kevin and Martha,
My condolences and prayers are with you and family at this time. I know that he was a great friend of my mom for many years. Take care!
February 5, 2014
I am very sorry to the family for Stans death. I am Stans cousin and even though haven't seen him for years we used to play when we were kids at sunday family dinners. Last time I talked to Stan we were headed south in the winter and he was driving truck and we happened to talk to each other on the CB radio. My heart goes out to the family and sorry cannot make the memorial as we are in AZ. God Bless
Reynolds Funeral Chapel
February 3, 2014
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.