Following high school, Mel enlisted in the Navy. Then following his service, Mel furthered his training, and became an expert in computer electronics. In 1979, Mel and his friends started Sigma Information Systems, an electronics company. Mel lived in Las Vegas for several years after moving Sigma to the Las Vegas desert, where he also enjoyed buying and flipping houses.
In 2013, Mel moved to Parowan, where he lived in the home he built in the mountains.
This home was a sanctuary and a great love of Mel’s. Mel lived happily in Parowan for the remainder of his years as an active member of the community and contributor to local clubs, schools, and organizations.
Mel is survived by his wife Sherry of 29 years, in Parowan, and his former wife, Joann Harper of St. George, Utah, and his sons and their wives; Gary and Jill Lamph, Mark, Matt and Becky Lamph, his daughter Heidi and her husband John Spoelder, 11 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren, and his sister Andrea Yaunt. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Constance, Earlene, and Margaret, and a son, Gregory.
A Memorial service was held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Parowan Southern Utah Mortuary (15 East 100 North, Parowan, Utah). A visitation was held prior to the service from 9:30-10:30 at the Parowan Southern Utah Mortuary. Interment was in the Parowan City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com