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Meldon L. Sjostedt

The world lost a good man when Mel Sjostedt, of San Pedro, CA, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Mel was born in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, May 20, 1928, the son of Meldon and Claire. Mel's father was a boat builder, his mother a teacher. An avid outdoorsman, he grew up hunting, skiing, and fishing. After graduation, he traveled to Alaska and worked as a surveyor on the ALCAN Highway and for the USGS in San Diego. He was a hydrographer with LA Flood Control for 25 years and enjoyed his work in the field. Once in Los Angeles, he discovered the ocean, boating and diving. His family enjoyed sailing to Catalina on a series of sailboats, including the Ta'Aroa, a Tahiti ketch Mel built. He was a member of the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club during the "Warehouse" days, and began the CBYC Junior Sailing program with six Sabots, which he pulled behind his boat like a string of ducklings. He raced SV Loon locally and in the Newport to Ensenada Race. He joined the Corsair Yacht Club in the early 80s, and was commodore in 1983, enjoying many activities and friendships. Mel and his wife, Joyce created the Junior membership category and instituted the Junior Achievement Award, which continues. In an active retirement, including real estate, boating, travel and biking, Mel crafted many gifts and projects in wood and a variety of materials. He worked with the Federal Emergency Management Association for eleven years, beginning with the Northridge earthquake, including Hurricane Katrina. Mel was a 32nd degree Mason in the Harbor Lodge. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; son Rob and daughter-in-law Catherine, grandchildren Sarah and Evan; grandson David and David's mother, Claudia Haft. His younger son, Steven predeceased him. Mel is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Margaret and James Girkin, two nieces and five nephews. Mel was a fine man, loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many, on sea and on land. He will be much missed. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 24 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church at 731 S. Averill Avenue in San Pedro. A celebration of life follows at 1:00 pm at the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, 211 West 22nd Street in San Pedro. Donations in lieu of flowers, may be made to the . Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from Aug. 20 to Aug. 22, 2013
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