Dr. Lawrence Hale Mellor, longtime local dentist, died Sunday, July 18, 2021 at his home in Globe, Arizona.
He was born on March 8, 1942 in Pocatello, Idaho, to Francis Lawrence Mellor and Gwen Hale. He was a mischievous youth who found the straight and narrow. After graduating from high school he attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he met the love of his life, Sandra Millet.
Lawrence paused his education to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in Brazil from 1962 to 1965. Upon his return he married the love of his life, Sandra, in the Los Angeles Temple on July 16, 1965.
Lawrence and Sandra finished their educations at BYU in 1966. They then returned to Sandra’s home state of California where Larry enlisted in the United States Coast Guard Public Health Service. He entered the University of California – San Francisco Dental College where he graduated in 1970.
His first assignment was to provide dental services for Indian Health Services in Kalispell, Montana. While there he fulfilled his lifetime dream of owning and flying his own airplane. His next assignment was with Public Health on the San Carlos Indian Reservation. In December of 1973, he joined Dr. Van Smith as an associate dentist at his office on South Broad Street in Globe, Arizona. He bought and maintained that practice until his retirement at the end of 2005.
Larry was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. He served in numerous callings which included Primary Teacher, High Council member, Ward Bishopric, Branch President and various offices with the Young Men and Boy Scouts of America. He served as President of the local Rotary Club in the 1990s which brought several foreign-exchange students to their home who became like their own daughters. He selflessly sacrificed his great passion of flying when he sold his beloved plane to help cover higher education costs for his children. He stayed active by hiking, cycling and his infamous 3 a.m. jogs along the highway until his body could no longer do it.
He leaves behind his beloved wife, Sandra Mellor; four sons Derek (Julie) of Snowflake, Az., Curtis of Mesa, Az., Matthew (Kezhia) of Hollister, Ca., and Jordan of Salt Lake City, Utah.; three daughters Marisa Schwartz (Jon) of Salt Lake City, Utah., Jeannette Voelker (Daniel) of Globe, Az., Kristin Tannery (Kindle) of Mesa, Az., two brothers Evan Mellor (Doris) of Bear Lake, Utah, and Richard (Cathy) of Riverton, Utah; sister Mary Carter (Steve) of Lehi, Utah.; 24 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Gwen Mellor.
Funeral services will be held at the Globe Stake Center, 1701 Ensign Dr., Globe on Saturday, July 24 at 11 a.m. with visitation/viewing at 10:30 a.m.