James Keith Melville

22 Sep 1921 - 15 Jun 1995


James Keith Melville

22 Sep 1921 - 15 Jun 1995
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James Keith Melville, 73, of Orem, died June 15, 1995, at his home in Orem after an extended illness. He was born September 22, 1921, a son of John Harvey and Theodocila Chipman Shelley Melville in Bountiful, Utah. He married Ruth Weller October 31, 1947 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple for time and all
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James Keith Melville

Married: 31 Oct 1947

Orem Cemetery

770 Murdock Canal Trail
Orem, Utah, Utah
United States

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Shelley, Mary, Rebecca, James, John, Joan, Richard, Jaren, Edith


August 4, 2011


August 4, 2011

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James Keith Melville, 73, of Orem, died June 15, 1995, at his home in Orem after an extended illness. He was born September 22, 1921, a son of John Harvey and Theodocila Chipman Shelley Melville in Bountiful, Utah. He married Ruth Weller October 31, 1947 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple for time and all eternity. Keith lived in Delta and Salt Lake City, graduating from West High School and lettering in football, basketball, and track. He attended the University of Utah, then enlisted in the Air Force. As a captain of a B17 bomber during World War II, he was decorated with the Air Flying Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He received his Masters in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, later receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. Keith taught at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho for seven years and taught at BYU in the Political Science Department for 42 years, later retiring.Keith was active in the Democratic Party. He ran for U.S. Congress twice and the State Senate twice. He served as chairman of the State Democratic Party of Utah. He was an active member of the LDS Church throughout his life, serving as High Councilman, Bishop twice and many other positions in the church through his life. Keith was a student of the scriptures; he felt that his great accomplishment in life was his nine children. Brother and Sister Melville served as member locators for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and also as docents at the Church Museum of History and Art in Salt Lake City, and as past Temple Square guides. He had a great love of gardening, farming, fruit orchards, and children. He authored numerous books and articles as well as being a lecturer. He was the originator of Washington D.C. seminars for young people to intern for government offices. He was actively involved in BYU Education Week. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Ruth Weller Melville of Orem; his children, Mrs. Steven (Mary) Moake of Orem; Mrs. Reed (Becky) Miller of Provo; Jim W. and Becky Melville of Orem; John W. and Tracy Melville of Salt Lake City; Mrs. David (Joan) Washburn, Richard M. Melville, Mrs. Nathan (Janet) Hatch, Matt and Malinda Melville, all of Orem. He is also survived by 41 grandchildren and a sister, Lois Maxfield of Delta, Utah. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mrs. Terry (Shelley) Foster and two brothers. Brother Melville will be remembered fondly by many students whose lives he has touched through his teaching in church history and political science. Brother Melville expressed that through his illness he had gained many virtues that God wanted his children to glean, such as patience, faith, long suffering, brotherly kindness, and love for his fellow man. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 19, 1995, at 11:30 a.m. in the Sunset Heights 7th Ward Chapel, 1260 South 400 West in Orem. Friends may call Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State in Orem and also Monday from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the ward chapel. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery.

Life timeline of James Keith Melville

James Keith Melville was born on 22 Sep 1921
James Keith Melville was 9 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
James Keith Melville was 19 years old when The Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz. The Holocaust, also referred to as the Shoah, was a genocide during World War II in which Nazi Germany, aided by its collaborators, systematically murdered some six million European Jews, around two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe, between 1941 and 1945. Jews were targeted for extermination as part of a larger event involving the persecution and murder of other groups, including in particular the Roma and "incurably sick", as well as ethnic Poles and other Slavs, Soviet citizens, Soviet prisoners of war, political opponents, gay men and Jehovah's Witnesses, resulting in up to 17 million deaths overall.
James Keith Melville was 34 years old when Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Hotel is a resort hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, owned by the Walt Disney Company and operated through its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division. Opened on October 5, 1955, as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.
James Keith Melville was 42 years old when John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas; hours later, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force One as the 36th President of the United States. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his presidency dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union. As a member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate prior to becoming president.
James Keith Melville was 52 years old when Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some US perspectives. The majority of Americans believe the war was unjustified. The war would last roughly 19 years and would also form the Laotian Civil War as well as the Cambodian Civil War, which also saw all three countries become communist states in 1975.
James Keith Melville was 60 years old when The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes place: The STS-1 mission. The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS), taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development. The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. In addition to the prototype whose completion was cancelled, five complete Shuttle systems were built and used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Operational missions launched numerous satellites, interplanetary probes, and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST); conducted science experiments in orbit; and participated in construction and servicing of the International Space Station. The Shuttle fleet's total mission time was 1322 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds.
James Keith Melville died on 15 Jun 1995 at the age of 73
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