John Ralph Mellor Whiting1927 ~ 2012John Ralph Mellor Whiting, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away May 17, 2012, at home in Highland, Utah, surrounded by family.Johnny was born to Ralph Lee and Ada Saxey Mellor on October 18, 1927 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His father died when Johnny was six years old, and his mother later married Vernon Whiting. Johnny graduated from Provo High School and served two years in China with the United States Army. He returned to marry his high school sweetheart, Lucille "Effie" Cameron, the love of his life. They were sealed November 19, 1947 in the Salt Lake Temple. They had five children. Johnny had an insatiable zest for life. He loved to take his family and friends boating, skiing, hunting, camping, fishing, golfing, and flying in his airplane. He owned and operated several Phillips 66 service stations. The service station business took him to Palm Springs, California, where he owned and operated his own gas and oil business. They eventually returned to Salt Lake City. John had retired, but volunteered his full-time service to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources for over 12 years. His time spent there brought him great joy. He has been an active member of the LDS church, serving in various positions. However, his favorite calling was Scouting. He loved that program and the boys he served. He was a great young mens leader over many years and he had a positive effect on a myriad of boys. Truly, he was one of a kind!!! He received the prestigious Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America. Johnny is survived by his loving wife, Effie; children: Randy, Sue Ann (Tom) Akers, Teresa (Scott) Halliday, Jeff (Jana); Dorothy (daughter-in-law); 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and sister, Ann W. Timothy. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert and a sister, Peggy Hill.Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at the Highland 8th Ward Chapel, 10390 North Alpine Hwy, Highland, Utah. Friends may call at the church from 10:00-11:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be emailed to lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Boy Scouts of America.