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Melvin G. Martin

March 10, 2015 — March 10, 2015

Melvin G. “Mel” Martin

Funeral services for Melvin G. “Mel” Martin were held 11:00AM, Thursday, Mar 12, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church of Davis with Pastor Steve Harshaw officiating. Interment will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery at Davis.

Mel was born June 7, 1925 in Davis to the late William C. & Bertha Pearl (Short) Martin. He died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in Ardmore at the age of 89 years 9 months & 3 days.

Mel grew up living & working on the family ranch south of Davis. After graduating from Davis High School in 1943 he served in the United States Army Air Corp, during WWII. After his service to our country, Mel returned home and continued his education at the University of Oklahoma and later at Tulane University in Louisiana. It was while attending Tulane that he met and married his first wife, Connie McCormick. From this marriage was born a daughter, Michelle. Mel later moved to San Diego, where he worked 20+ years as a driver for Zellerbach Trucking. After retiring from Zellerbach, he began a successful, second career, working as a sales agent with Been Realty of San Diego.

Each May, Mel returned to his home town of Davis, OK to attend the annual alumni banquet of Davis High School. At a banquet in the early 1990’s, Mel rekindled an old friendship with high school classmate Imogene (Shivers) Oakley. This friendship led to their marriage on June 27, 1992 in Dallas, TX. Together they made their home in California for several years, prior to returning to Davis in the late 1990’s.

Mel, according to his family was a magical gardener. He could literally grow the best fruits and vegetables. He also loved feeding birds and tinkering with old cars. Mel was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Imogene; daughter, Michelle Silva of Mesa, AZ; 4 step-sons, Mark, Ed, Arles & Fredrick Oakley; five grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Penny Thompson of Denver.

Serving as pallbearers were Mark, Josh, Ed & Arles Oakley, Gerald Goodson, Brad & Tyler Butts and Will Carter.

11:00 AM

First United Methodist Church
306 S. 3rd.

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