Melvin passed away June 8, 2017 in Gig Harbor, Wa. at the age of 90.
He was born May 18, 1927 in Mill City, Oregon. He grew up in Longview graduating from R.A. Long High School before joining the Navy and serving in WWII and the Korean War. He married his high school sweetheart, Thelma Gleason, in 1947. After graduating from the University of Washington he and his family lived in Alaska and Washington State. He has lived the last many years in Grayland, Wa. working in the banking and fishing industry.
He is survived by his sister, Jorretta Briney Martin of Longview; son, Jim Preston (Jane) of Juneau, AK; daughter, Arleigh Lievense (Mack) of Gig Harbor; son, Glenn Preston (Janna) of Anchorge, AK; and daughter, Cindy Kenner (Jeff) of Kent, WA; 10 Grandchildren, and 9 Great Grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Private graveside services are planned. Arrangements are through Longview Memorial Park.