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Melvin Earl Bryant

July 1, 1934 ~ November 22, 2018
November 29, 2018
Melvin Earl Bryant
Melvin Earl Bryant, of Orofino and Spokane, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2018, at the Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Hospital in Spokane with his companion, Donna, and daughter Joanne by his side, after a long and valiant fight with lung disease. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 5, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

Born July 1, 1934, to Roy Walter and Madge “Lois” Reinhardt Bryant on his grandparents’ ranch in Nez Perce, Idaho, he was raised in Kamiah and graduated from Kamiah High School in 1952. After graduation he went on to the University of Idaho and graduated in June of 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Four days after graduation he married his first love, Peggy Webb, on June 13, 1957, in Nampa. Off they went to his first duty station in Quantico, Virginia. He was assigned to the 4-57 Officers Training School with fellow Marines with whom he has had a lifetime friendship, enjoying many reunions over the years.

In 1959, he was transferred to El Toro, California, as an ordinance officer for a Marine aircraft squadron. While in California their first daughter, Laura Marie, was born. After his discharge in 1959, they moved north to Idaho.

In September 1959, with a good friend from the U of I, they purchased the Orofino Flower Shop and Riverside Nursery. A few years later their second daughter, Joanne Arlene, joined the family. Melvin and Peggy later became the sole owner of the business and renamed it Orofino Flower Shop and Garden Store.

Mel enjoyed the business immensely, especially the outdoor work landscaping and digging in the soil. In 1999, he sold the business and retired after almost 40 years, going on to enjoy traveling and spending time in his own yard and garden.

After Peggy’s passing in 2008, he had the wonderful privilege to reacquaint with a college friend of theirs, Donna Anderson. He was lucky enough to have found love a second time. They have enjoyed the last eight years together.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Orofino Merchants, Kiwanis, Clearwater Fair Board, Marine Corps League and Devil Dogs.

He is survived by his loving companion, Donna Anderson, Spokane, daughter Joanne (Ron) Moulton, Lewiston, granddaughters Sara (Ken) Guinard, Troy, Montana, and Kelley Moulton, Denver, grandsons Chris (Alyssa) Johnson, Moses Lake, Washington, Michael Johnson, Monroe, Washington, and Rawley Moulton, Lewiston, great-grandchildren Laura, Trevor, Zayden and Kaylee, Donna’s children, Toni Dumas-Anderson, Charli (Troy) Kasper, Darin (Kim) Anderson, Teri Turner, Deb (Mike) McIntyre and families, sister-in-law Patty (Gordon) Tiegs, Nampa and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy, daughter Laura Bryant Johnson and parents Roy and Lois Bryant.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be sent to charity of your choice.

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