Melvin Harold Carson
Melvin Harold Carson

Melvin Harold "Pops" Carson, age 65, passed away August 20, 2008, in Arcata. He was born in San Francisco on June 4, 1943, and grew up in Arcata, attending Arcata Union High School. He joined the U.S. Marines, then attended College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State College, graduating from Humboldt cum laude with a B.A. in Speech Communication. He reenlisted in the Marines before returning to civilian life once and for all, studying at San Diego State University, working as a salesman and then as a technical writer. He survived a massive cranial aneurysm in 1989 which presented him with many challenges the rest of his life, but that didn’t stop him from living and learning. He enjoyed taking university classes, loved writing and reading literature, studying history and watching a good film. He was active in a number of church and community groups. He was very active in and a big supporter of AA and proudly maintained his sobriety for 35 years. He made many friends in those groups and was never afraid to befriend a total stranger. He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Carson VanDerAa of Seattle, Washington. He was laid to rest at the Eagle Point National Cemetery in Oregon on August 28, 2008. Thanks so much to all the friends throughout his life and especially the people in the community of Arcata for being there for Mel.

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Published by Times-Standard on Sep. 5, 2008.
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Mel, We had some great talks and debates. It was a pleasure serving you as your Visiting Angel. Peace is now with you.
Susan Tipton
September 19, 2008
Your Marine Corps Family prays that you are comforted as you mourn the loss of your loved one!
Edward Corbett, Chaplain
September 11, 2008
Thank you for our time together. May you be at peace with the birds in the cherry trees!
Your Visiting Angel
September 11, 2008
Mel was a classmate at AUHS and fellow grad.
I enjoyed visiting with him at our class reunions.
My sympathies to his family.
John Preston
September 8, 2008
Mel was a top notch individual. May he rest in peace.

A fellow AUHS grad.
David Perry
September 7, 2008
Mel and I were in Kiwanis together. I loved his laugh! Sorry for your loss.
Rene Campbell
September 6, 2008
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