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Earl Terry

Earl Melroy Terry

Tuesday, August 21st, 1928 - Friday, January 24th, 2020
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Earl Melroy "Mel" Terry passed away in the early hours of January 24, 2020. Mel was born to Mollie Burbach Terry and Orson Melvin Terry on August 21, 1928 Parker, Idaho. He married Regina Loosli in 1947. Their children are Kirk (Nancy) Terry, Craig (Meredith) Terry, Rodney (Beverly) Terry, Steven (Kathie) Terry and Shellie (Jeff) Jensen. In 1980 Mel remarried Carol Werner. Her children are Ron (Shirley) Ekins, Terrie Colleen (Doug) Card and Kathie Ekins. Mel is survived by his brother Max (Joanne) Terry. Mel was preceded in death by his wife Carol Terry, and brothers Lewis and Dean Terry, and grandson Bryan Craig Terry.

Mels’ father Melvin died on December 26, 1946. As the oldest son, Mel took on the responsibily of helping raise his younger brother Max and being a support to his single mother Mollie. He was a boy when the family moved to West Yellowstone in the 1930s with little electricity but beautiful pinewood outhouses. He farmed and ranched in Idaho from Parker to Caldwell for most of his youth. He graduated from Caldwell High School where he excelled in academics. Mel was a star football player for the Caldwell Cougars. He was especially excited when it was time for the annual rivalry game with the nearby Nampa Bulldogs. Ironically, he would soon marry a Nampa Bulldog, Regina Loosli, in 1947.

Just after his marriage to Regina, Mel and mother Mollie went into the appliance retail business in Caldwell. During this time their four boys Kirk, Craig, Rodney and Steven were born. In 1956 Mel and Gina moved to Provo, Utah to join up with his brother Max and his new bride Joann. This started Mel’s 10 year educational odyssey finishing with a college degree in Life Sciences from Brigham Young University. His only daughter Shellie, a bright light in his life, was born in Provo. Mel started Home Appliance Service and employed a dozen employees over the years. He expanded the business to Ogden, Utah in 1960-1962 . During the 1965-1975 period of time he worked for South East Furniture and Colletts Furniture in Salt Lake City. The 1980s saw Mel starting his own businesses again in the gas and oil industry. He invented and installed the first early remote sensing gas pump readouts for the service station and convenient market industries. With family construction help, Mel built and operated GoMart convenience store, filling station and laundromat in Midvale, Utah. During this time he also started his own furniture manufacturing company in Salt Lake City specializing in bedroom furniture and custom mattresses.

Mel met Carol Werner Barwick and they were subsequently married in 1980. They lived in Salt Lake County. He served as a bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Murray Ward where they lived and held numerous other High Council and church positions.

By 1999, Mel and Carol were ready for a new adventure. About this time period they moved their home to Marysvale, Utah. He built and established a bed-and-breakfast business called the Piute Inn and operated it for several years. They sold the business and moved down the street to supposedly retire. Mel remodeled what was to be his and Carol’s last home together. During this time, while in his 70’s, Mel enrolled in online college courses and earned a graduate school level Building Inspector license and a cadre of other professional licenses after nearly 2 years of study. He proved that you can teach an ‘old dog new tricks’. Mel became the go-to project guy when the Marysvale community needed some construction done. He designed and constructed a Veterans Memorial complete with a waterfall fountain in the city park. Drawing on his extensive experience using out-house toilets, he built several of them up Bullion Canyon adjacent to Marysvale for the community and tourists. Carol became unable to live at home and was placed in a nursing home in Richfield, Utah. After about a year, Mel became unable to live on his own without assistance and with Carol moved to Hearthstone Assisted Living in Spanish Fork, Utah. Some four months later, Carol passed away on September 3, 2017.

From there, Mel moved in with his son Kirk and wife Nancy Terry in West Jordan, Utah. He was constantly available to over four generations of his family while living in West Jordan. Requiring more consistent living assistance Mel moved to Sunridge Assisted Living Center in West Jordan which would become his final home. While at Sunridge he became once the again the go-to fix it guy. There you could watch Mel shuffling down the hallways to repair something. He rebuilt the Centers’ weight measurement chair the residents would sit in to be weighed and solved a couple of ventilation problems in his apartment. His last major project, the results of shear boredom, before being promoted to ‘divine fix-it guy’, was the design and fabrication drinking can vases for the residents of Sunridge. Mel converted his apartment to a production assembly space complete with paint booth. He constructed over 120 drinking can vases which soon became a very sought after relic. Mel finished his last 40 vases just in time for Sunridge to give them to residents for Christmas gifts from Santa, that didn’t have family. Little did Sunridge staff and our family know that he would pass away about a month later…always building, always serving.

Mel was good at anything he put his mind to and helped many in need in his 91yrs. He would share his stories, testimony of the Savior, and knowledge with anyone who would take time to listen to his wisdom. He had several great passions in his life: the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Book of Mormon archaeology and serving others. He had immense pride in his family and looked forward to family get-togethers’, hunting, fishing, Christmas and swimming parties. Mel’s legacy is survived by his sons, daughters, their spouses and a multitude of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

The Terry family would like to thank all of his caregivers at Sunridge Assisted Living Center of West Jordan, Utah. They continually saw to his needs and comfort, and tolerated his driven love to build things. Mel routinely spoke of his gratitude for the Sunridge staff with a special thank you going to Brenden, Damion, Anthony and his special angel Kaisley, Legacy nurse.
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    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 10:00am - 10:45am
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 11:00am
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    PROVO, UT 84604
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    Saturday, February 1st, 2020
    Pleasant Grove City Cemetery
    500 North Main
    Pleasant Grove, Utah 84062
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