Melvin Delmarre (Mel) Naylor, Jr., age 69, died May 19, 1996 following a stroke.
He was born June 19, 1926, in Salt Lake City, to Melvin Delmarre and Ruth Godbe Naylor. On June 19, 1958, he and Diane Marie Oblad were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. His family was his most prized possession and he adored and was loved by his wife, five children, and his precious grandchildren.His smile and laugh were contagious. His dimples and eyelashes were the envy of many. Mel kept his feelings close to the surface and could often be found crying while watching a sentimental TV commercial. Tears flowed freely when he talked about his wife, children and grandchildren.
He was an active member of the LDS Church and was a great-great-grandson of President Brigham Young and Lucy Ann Decker Young, and also a great-great-grandson of William Clayton, composer of the hymn, "Come, Come, Ye Saints." Throughout his life he served in a variety of church callings, including a stake mission in the Salt Lake Bonneville Stake, and was the youngest Seventy in that stake.
He served in the Navy in World War II, leaving two weeks after his graduation from East High School. Later, he received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah. He was a well-known engineer, having designed the mechanical systems for many office, university, school and church buildings, including the Utah State Capitol, Deseret and Boston Buildings in downtown Salt Lake, James Fletcher Physics Bldg., and Orson Spencer Hall at the U of U, the high rise Eccles Business Building at Utah State University, and Skyview, Roy and Viewmont High Schools.
Survivors include his wife, Diane; one daughter and four sons, Kent O. and Deanna Naylor, Dr. Allen O. and Sarah Naylor, Melanie Naylor, Drew O. and Kristine Naylor, and Scott O. Naylor, who all reside in Salt Lake City; 11 grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Jane Naylor and Mrs. Joey (Carol) Petersen. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Charles L. (larry) Naylor, and one sister, Mrs. Arthur W. (Marilyn) Johnson.
Funeral services will be Thursday, May 23, at 12 noon, in the Holladay 2nd Ward, 2065 East 4675 South. Friends and family may also come to a viewing Wednesday, May 22, 6-8 p.m. at Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 So. Highland Drive, and Thursday, one hour prior to services.
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