Seeley Swan Pathfinder
November 20, 1997
Carl Demar Mecham, 78, of Logan passed away Tuesday, November 11, 1997 at the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah due to respiratory failure.
Carl was born March 29, 1919 in Monticello, Utah, the son of Robert Bernard Mecham Sr. and Linda Amanda Young.
Carl's early years were mostly spent on horseback or wishing he was on horseback. He proudly wore his 1939 San Juan Basin Saddle Bronc trophy buckle as a reminder to all of us of the cowboy life he lived as a young man, the many horses he broke, and trails he rode throughout his life.
He married Lily Lucille Holyoak on December 16, 1942 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. The couple located in Evansville, Indiana and were soon separated for the next two years while Carl served his country with the Armed Forces in the Philippines during World War II. Following military service, he graduated with honors from the BYU class of 1950. Carl located his family in Moab, Utah and pursued a teaching career. In 1955 he relocated his family to the Missoula, Montana area and engaged in ranching and logging, followed by a career in teaching and school administration, and was highly recognized for his many years of service as a wrestling coach. He was a three time Montana Coach of the Year, and coached his teams to two Montana State Championships, as well as many individual state titles, twelve of which were earned by his own sons and grandsons. In 1967 he received his Masters Degree in School Administration from the University of Montana. He retired in 1979 from the Seeley Lake, Montana Elementary School District as Superintendent but later continued coaching wrestling in Frenchtown, Montana until he was 75 years of age.
Carl served in many capacities in the LDS Church, including 17 years as Branch President in Seeley Lake, Montana. He served five full time missions, four of which were with his wife Lucille, his lifelong companion. He was serving on the Logan Utah Stake High Counsel at the time of his passing and touched the lives of many with his wisdom and wit.
Carl is survived by his wife, Lily Lucille Mecham, Logan UT; one daughter, Susan (Dean) Bell, Vernal, UT; six sons, Clay (Pam) Mecham, Huson, MT; Grant (Marge) Mecham, Idaho Falls, ID; Charlie (Marilyn) Mecham, Logan, UT; Joe (Darlene) Mecham, Roseburg, OR; John (Diane) Mecham, Richland, WA; Bert (Sharol) Mecham, Peck, ID; 34 grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. He is also survived by a brother, Robert Bernard Mecham Jr., Provo, UT.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother and an infant sister.
Funeral services were held on Friday, November 14, 1997 in the Logan Utah LDS Stake Center with Bishop Blaine Butterworth conducting. Interment was in the Monticello Utah City Cemetery.
Carl Mecham will be remembered by many throughout the world as "Grandpa" as a result of his countless hours of church service, teaching, coaching and friendship.