Volume 7, Number 27 - September 27, 2007
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Melvin Lester McLoughlin
Melvin Lester McLoughlin, 73, passed away at his home on Sept. 21, 2007, after a long and valiant battle with cancer. He was born in Pinedale on Aug. 9, 1934, to the late James T. and Alice Pape McLoughlin. He lived his whole life along the Green River north of Daniel. On June 30, 1954, he was united in marriage to Betty Lou Hecox at the Chapel of Transfiguration in Moose, Wyo. To this union were born their three children, LaDonna, Jim and Cindy.
Melvin was a versatileman whose profession changed as he watched Sublette County change. He started life as a rancher on his family’s homestead. In 1969 he built and owned The Place Restaurant and Bar in Kendall Valley. Melvin was influential in bringing Polaris snow machines to Sublette County and was the first owner of a Polaris retail shop in Wyoming. Melvin moved forward to become proprietor and operator of his own sawmill and lumber company. In 1980 he established McLoughlin&Son Partnership with his son Jim. Together they built barns and log homes the length of Sublette County. Melvin also established and managed the M&M Transfer Co. that is now owned and operated by his daughter LaDonna and grandson Ryan McGuire. In 1990, Melvin and Jim created McLoughlin Construction and Melvin changed the focus of his profession yet again, this time his work being mainly dirt excavation and road building. He remained a part of this business until his illness recently forced his retirement. In addition,Melvin had a big influence on the growth of the White Pine Ski Resort and was recently presented with an Honorary Director’s Award.
Melvin is survived by his wife, Betty Lou; his daughter, LaDonna McLoughlin; his son and his wife Jim and Sandra McLoughlin; his daughter and her husband Cindy and Justin Jones; his four grandchildren Ryan McGuire (Marie), Andrea and Casey Jones, and Isabelle McLoughlin; and his great-granddaughter Mae McGuire. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his uncle L.G. (Whitey) McLoughlin.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Pinedale with a gathering of family and friends immediately following the service, downstairs at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Melvin’s honor can be made to: Kickin’ Cancer of Sublette County and/or Sublette CountyHomeHealth.
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