Melvin Sweeten Atkinson


Melvin Sweeten Atkinson – 14 Aug 1909

Melvin Atkinson, 68, dies June 7 at Provo

Melvin Sweeten Atkinson 68, of 426 S. 1350 E., Provo died Wednesday, June 7, 1978 in the Utah Valley Hospital of cancer.

He was born Aug. 14, 1909 in Kaysville, a son of Melvin and Mary Amanda Sweeten Atkinson. He married Pauline Humpherys on Jan. 6, 1932 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

He received his schooling in the Holbrook and Malad and Ogden schools, and attended Weber College, the University of Idaho, and BYU. In junior high school he organized his first dance band and continued playing in various dance bands for a period of 40 years.

Mr. Atkinson was a rancher and businessman in southern Idaho for many years and then moved to Provo in 1957 where he owned a motel and began Melayne Printers.

He served an LDS Mission in the Eastern Canadian Mission and has been active in church service all his life. His church assignments have included that of stake mission president, organist, bishop, high councilman and teacher.

He was released in July of 1977 from the Nauvoo Restoration Mission where his assignment was to restore and operate the “Times and Season” Printing Complex in Nauvoo, Ill.

Survivors include his wife; one son and four daughters, Wayne Atkinson, Orem; Mrs. Irene A. Gage and Mrs. Robert E. (Nola) Taylor, both of Provo; Mrs. John (Shirley) Beagley, Tooele; Mrs. Ron (Ruth) Kendrick, Ogden, 17 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Arthur (Arlene) Burnett, Orem, and Mrs. Golden (Fern) Willie, Malad.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Provo Utah Stake Center, 1315 E. 900 S. Provo. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary in Provo, 85 E. 300 South, Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery.

The family suggests that contributions may be made to the Primary Children’s Medical Center.

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