2015-05-28 / Obituaries

John D. Meloy

John D. Meloy, 78, passed away at home in Mariposa on May 17, 2015. His spirit has been set free and is now exploring the universe. He is definitely not sitting on a cloud playing a harp.

John is survived by his wife, Diana; three children, Stacey Meloy Niblett, John Meloy Jr., and Trena Meloy Tusé; and four grandchildren, Monica and Caroline Niblett and Lola and Ronan Tusé.

John was born on Feb. 26, 1937, in

Stoughton, Wis. and grew up in the southern part of the state, where he was raised with a mix of academia and nature. His parents, Theodore and Ruth Fletcher Meloy, moved John and his siblings, Richard Meloy, Lucina Meloy Kalscheur, and Steve Meloy, to Madison, Wis. in the early 1950s.

After graduating from Madison West High School, John enlisted in the U.S. Navy. As a communications technician, he rose to the rank of chief petty officer in six years.

John earned his bachelor of science in electrical engineering at Purdue University in 1965. While attending Purdue, John met and married Barbara Berchtold. They had two children, Stacey and John Jr.

After graduating, John was commissioned as an ensign in the regular Navy. In 1969 John and family moved to Monterey, where he attended the Naval Postgraduate School and pursued advanced degrees in electrical engineering. His final Navy jobs were in program management at the Naval Security Group Headquarters in the Washington, D.C. area.

John retired from the Navy in 1975 and settled his family in Sunnyvale. Barbara passed away shortly after. John had gone to work for ESL Inc., working in defense and intelligence programs, where he met Diana Odle and her daughter, Trena. John and Diana wed in 1977 and together raised their three children in Sunnyvale. In 1980, John joined SRI International in Menlo Park where he managed a number of defense-related projects and programs.

After retiring from professional life in 1995, John and Diana moved to Mariposa where he joined the Sheriff’s Community Organized Policing Effort (SCOPE) and Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteer teams. John directed the Sheriff’s Project Lifesaver team, dedicated to locating lost wanderers, from its inception in 2004 until 2011.

John (AJ6LS) was also one of the Mariposa Area Amateur Radio Organization’s (MAARO) founding members. His continuing efforts and support over the years led to the successful formation of the Auxiliary Communications Unit attached to the Mariposa County Search and Rescue.

A celebration of John’s life will be held early this summer in Mariposa, his slice of heaven and home to countless friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in John’s honor to Mariposa County Sheriff's Search & Rescue, P.O. Box 276 Mariposa, CA 95338 or to the charity of donor’s choice.

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