Lee Elwood Mellotte, 73, passed away at his home following an extended illness in the morning hours of Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.
Lee was born May 16, 1940, in Clayton, Idaho, to William O. and Laura Allene Tweedie Mellotte and grew up in Moore, Idaho. He graduated from Butte High School in 1958. He enlist ed with the U.S. Navy and honorably served his country for four years. He was a partner at a barbershop in Seattle for four years. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in business. He then specialized in outdoor advertising throughout the Pacific Northwest until his retirement in 2002. It was then that he moved to Pocatello.
Lee married his sweetheart, Beverly Dyson, in December 1962 in Seattle, Wash. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012.
Lee liked to ride motorcycles and wander aimlessly in his jeep in the mountains. He loved golf and enjoyed playing many different courses in the Northwestern states. He also enjoyed telling exaggerated stories about incidents in his life, which always entertained his family and friends.
Lee is survived by his wife, Beverly Mellotte of Pocatello; son, Heath (Rachel) Mellotte of Camas, Wash.; granddaughter, Monique Mellotte of Camas, Wash.; grandson, Colby Mellotte of Camas, Wash.; sisters, Jessie Bell of Pocatello and Peggy (LaRon) Reynolds of Mesa, Ariz.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Allene Mellotte, and a brother-in-law, Harold W. Bell.
Memorial services for Lee will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Central Christian Church with Pastor Roger Bray officiating. Military rites will be provided by the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard at the conclusion of the services at the church. His arrangements are under the care and direction of Wilks Funeral Home, 211 W. Chubbuck Road.
Condolences may be sent to his family online at www.wilksfuneralhome.com. Lee's family suggests memorial contributions be made in his name to the charity and organization of your choice and preference.