Everett Leroy Melton, 78, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away of a lengthy illness, peacefully, at home with his family at his side on Monday, March 3, 2014.
Everett was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Ruby Melton, grandparents Elmore and Melia Melton, and Roy and Mabel Stone; in-laws Frank and Marie Cruikshank; nephew Jim Black; and brother-in-laws Ray Pierce, and Bill Black.
Everett was born Sept. 15, 1935, and started working with Mountain States Telephone Co. in 1953 and saw four name changes ending with Quest after 39 and a half years.
He married Sandra Oct. 6, 1956, they had two sons and shared farming properties with Everetts parents.
Everett played sports in high school and later coached both of his sons in little league baseball. He bowled in city leagues with his wife, Sandra. He loved hunting with his sons, family and friends or whomever needed a partner. He took frequent fishing trips and spent many weekends camping.
He was a devoted Baptist and was very generous with his church and the needy most of all he loved his family more than life its self.
Everett is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sandra Melton; sons Dale Melton (Leslie), Vince Melton (Elizabeth); sister Barbra Perkins (Bob); grandchildren Samantha, and Kalen; step-children John Gallegos (Crystal), Rebecca Quintana (Mark), Tanya Gallegos (Gary) and Gabriel Rodella (Audrey); nieces Marie Porter (Tom), Tammy Sanchez ( Mario), Betty Thompson (Ben), and Jay Black and companion Rachel; nine great-grandchildren he called his own; 10 great-nieces and nephews; and many cousins and friends.
A public visitation will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, in the Chapel of Peace of DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory.
There will be a memorial held in Alamogordo at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Beethel Baptist Church, 1316 Scenic Dr.
Serving the family as honorary pallbearers will be Don Randolph, Richard Suggs, Loren Omness, Don Josselyn, Steve Guillette, Robert Perkins, Gerald Hansen and Johnny Coble.
The family of Everett has entrusted their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory of the Española Valley (505) 747-7477 – www.devargasfuneral.com.
DeVargas Funeral Home
623 N. Railroad Ave. Espanola, NM 87532
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 6 to Apr. 5, 2014