June 6, 1937 - Jan. 11, 2014
Melencio Perreira Aranas ("Mel"), eldest son of the late Melencio Tria Aranas and the late Mae Perreira Aranas passed away on Jan. 11, after a brief battle with T-cell lymphoma at the age of 76. Mel was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 6, 1937 and resided in Dunedin, Florida. He was a widower who recently suffered the loss of his third wife, Mari Kidd, from complications due to diabetes.
Mel graduated in 1955 from Vallejo High School where he was an active and well-loved student. He played for the Vallejo High football team, both offense and defense, at the same time as the legendary Dick Bass. He also was on the tennis and track teams.
From 1958 to 1960, Mel served in the United States Army. After an honorable discharge, he studied at Vallejo College (now Solano Community College), where he was in the College Choir. He then earned his Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Armstrong College in Berkeley in 1965.
Most of Mel's career was as a civil servant for the U.S. Navy. In 1966 he took his first position in accounting and eventually became an auditor for the Mare Island Naval Station. A true people-person, Mel went on to a career in sales in 1991 and worked for various companies in the San Francisco area and later, in the Tampa, Florida area. He was with Nielsen Media Research in Dunedin up until his illness.
Throughout his life, Mel was devoted to physical fitness. He loved to run. He once ran a marathon and incorporated run/walks and weightlifting into his regular routine up until his illness. In his younger years he was a snow skier and an avid tennis player and tennis teacher. In addition to being physically youthful, he was also known for his uncommonly youthful appearance; he enjoyed watching jaws drop when he told people his age - most thought he was 15 years younger.
Music was one of Mel's passions. He had a wonderful voice. He also played guitar and is remembered by his children for serenading them with oldies such as "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head." Mel also utilized his vocal talents in public speaking. He served as president of the Toastmasters on Mare Island from 1972 to 1973.
Mel was a devout Scientologist. He began studying with the Church of Scientology in the mid-1970s and continued his studies on essentially a non-stop basis, up until the time of his death. In fact, he moved to Dunedin, Florida to be able to take courses at the Scientology Headquarters in nearby Clearwater. His Scientology achievements were a source of great pride for him.
An interesting fact: Mel may be one of only a few individuals in the world who witnessed both the bombing of Pearl Harbor when he was four years old and the attack on the World Trade Center in 2011. Too young to fight in one war and too old to fight in the other, Mel, nonetheless, felt especially moved by his connection to these two tragic events and often pondered what it meant.
Mel is survived by his son, Sean; his daughter, Steffani; his two brothers, Richard and Jerry; his two sisters, Susan and Jenny; and three grandchildren. In addition, Mel is survived by his stepson, Phil Kidd and his stepdaughter, Ciesea Kidd.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m., at St. Peter's Chapel on Mare Island. RSVPs are appreciated by email to email@example.com or by phone at 415-755-8561.
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Jan. 16, 2014