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Joe Melling

Cedar City - William Joe Melling passed away at home surrounded by family on November 6, 2018. He was born in Cedar City, Utah on August 11, 1939 to William Lapworth and Thelma Smith Melling. He spent his early life in "Dogtown" on the east side of Cedar City playing rubber guns, farming and ranching.

Joe married his best friend and eternal companion, Sally Wayne Jackson on May 17, 1962. Together they raised six children, and their posterity now includes 28 grandchildren and 16 ½ great grandchildren. His family has always been his primary focus.

Starting with his early morning paper route at the age of eight, he has been an example of hard work and dedication to his professional endeavors. His service to the community began shortly after high school working for the State of Utah in the water rights department. He took night school classes for 11 years and graduated from SUSC (now SUU) in 1970 with a bachelor degree in geology. His family moved to Arizona for four years and he was the Director of Natural Resources where he was very successful managing all of the water rights for the State of Arizona. Throughout his time in Arizona, his beloved Southern Utah home beckoned for him to return.

In 1980, he accepted the position of City Manager in Cedar City. At that time, the city had a significant budget deficit and the iron mine was closing, but over the course of the next 23 years, he worked tirelessly to bring financial prosperity and stability to the community. Throughout this time, he helped find funding for and plan many of the essential infrastructure projects that have allowed Cedar City to remain a thriving community today. A few of these include; the Randall Jones Theatre, the Coal Creek Parkway and Trail System, the Golf Course expansion, the Regional Waste Water Treatment Facility and the Utah Summer Games.

Following his retirement in 2003, Joe and Sally served a mission for the in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to many other callings, he served as a student ward Bishop for three years.

Shortly after their return, Joe was recruited by the City of Parowan to be their City Manager from 2006 to 2010. In recognition of amazing service to the community throughout his life, in 2008 he was chosen by the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce to receive the "Outstanding Citizen Award".

He is survived by: his Beloved Wife and Eternal Companion Sally; their children Wayne & Melanie, Mitch & Colleen, Susan & Shawn Parker, Mark & Corri, Joe & Sara and Misty & Scott Prisbrey; 28 grandchildren and 16 ½ great grandchildren; sisters Marie Neptune and Roma Knight; and sisters-in-law Jan Hansen, Deon Robb, Grace and Naomi Melling.

From the time of his youth and even until shortly before his death, the land of his ancestors has provided him with his "hobby", working as a farmer. He loved being on the farm, as demonstrated by his decision to build a house on it essentially from scratch, doing most of the work himself. The task took over a year and provided Joe and his family with a wonderful home until his death. From the windows, he loved to watch the crops grow and determine the projects he would use to help him raise his boys into men. Whether sitting on the tractor or sitting on his lap in his recliner, his children and grandchildren have felt his love and have been blessed to be led by his example of hard work and service. They were also blessed to have felt and seen his testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Funeral services will he held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Heritage Park Ward Building located at 290 W 1045 N, Cedar City, UT. Both visitations will be at the church held on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm and on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 11:45-12:45 pm. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at www.southernutahmortuary.com.
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2018
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