Melvin Frank Wilson was born March 23, 1925 in St. Louis, MO. His parents were John and Anna Kathryn Wilson. Mel worked for AT&T for 39 years, starting as a lineman and cable splicer, laying long distance telephone lines across the United States. On March 3, 1951 he married Arita Schriver in Gothenburg, NE. After his retirement on July 4, 1983 as an Administrative Supervisor with AT&T, the couple retired to Estes Park, CO where Mel became an accomplished well-known photographer in the area.
He graduated from the New York Institute of Photography in 1980 and shortly after that started his own business, shooting mostly beautiful scenes, landscapes and candid shots of elk and deer. In 2013, Mel and Rita moved to Loveland.
Mel is survived by his wife of 63 years, Arita, who lives in Loveland, sons are Steven of Colton, CA, Rocky of Lenexa, KS and his wife, Cynthia, and daughters Pamela Okerblom of Tacoma, WA and Debra Lynch and her husband Jim of Arvada, CO. He is preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Lynda Avery. He is also survived by grandchildren Lisha, Melissa, Krista, Joshua, A.J., Jesse, and Nathaniel. His great grandchildren are Vanessa, Braden, Alyssa, Nathaniel, Abigail, Isaiah, Eli, Tali, Jayson, Aiden, Isabella, Maddison, Emma, Preston and Tristan.
A memorial service will celebrate Mel’s life on Saturday March 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Allnutt Hunter Chapel 2100 North Lincoln Avenue in Loveland. Visitation will be on Saturday, one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens in Estes Park. Pallbearers will be Rocky Wilson, Steve Wilson, Jim Lynch, David Surber, Greg Schriver and Larry Kinnan. Memorial Contributions may be made to Wells Fargo Bank, The Wilson Trust Fund. See www.allnutt to send a message to Mel’s family.