Melvyn Reese Weight of Springville, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of September 7 after a 3-month battle with Esophageal Cancer. He was born August 2, 1940, to Nolan Grant Weight and Aileen Vane Weight, the third of seven children. He spent his entire life in his much-loved Springville, living most of his formative years on the family farm on Weight Avenue. He was a proud Red Devil graduating from Springville High School with the class of 1958, he went on to attend Utah Technical College and Brigham Young University.
He married his sweetheart Janet Christensen at Sundance on June 21, 1975, their marriage was later solemnized in the Provo Temple.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with a strong testimony and love for the gospel and the Lord. He served in many callings including 3 bishoprics, mission leader, elder’s quorum president, and temple ordinance worker.
He had a life-long love for the outdoors and all animals, especially horses, instilling that love in his children. Mel always had a dog by his side at home and on all his cowboy adventures. He was the first to plan the semiannual trip to his beloved “San Rafael Desert” with family and friends. Mel was a member of the Hobble Creek Riding Club most of his life, donating endless hours to the club while holding many leadership roles. He went on to become president of the Utah State Western Riding Club Association, where he made many lifelong friends.
He never met a stranger; he made friends everywhere he went. He always had a song in his heart and head and was usually singing or whistling it. Mel loved sharing and teaching his knowledge and experience with his children and grandchildren. Mel repeatedly said, “if it was worth doing it was worth doing right”. He loved spending time with family and friends at the Weight Ranch at Wanrhodes up Diamond Fork Canyon. Mel loved his family deeply and loved celebrating in all of their accomplishments. He always raised a beautiful garden that he shared with others. With his many talents, he could fix and build anything, always excelling at everything he did.
Mel never shied away from hard work and passed that trait on to his children, he loved excavating and moving dirt and owned Mel’s Custom Cat. He worked at Geneva Steel as a Millwright. Upon retirement he worked as the warehouse foreman at Giles Dairy.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, his 3 sons and 1 daughter, Tad Melvyn (Joyce), Shayne Nolan, Rick James (Nisha) and Cassity Christen (Kevin) Banks. 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Brothers Barry Weight and Kent (Merlyn) Weight, sisters Camile (Martin) Powell and LaNell (Robert) Riddle. Preceded in death by his parents, sister Myrna Lee Tew and brother Howard Vane, 1 grandson and 3 great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, September 15 at 11:00 am at the LDS Stake Center on 400 East 400 North Springville, UT. A viewing will be held on Thursday, September 14 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Wheeler Mortuary, 211 East 200 South Springville, UT. There will be a viewing prior to the service at the stake center from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Interment will be at the Springville Historic Cemetery.
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