Melvin C Beddo, a resident of Tucson, Ariz., died on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the age of 88.
He was born in Ballinger, Texas on Sept. 17, 1923.
As a boy, Melvin enjoyed fishing and hunting with his prized 22-caliber rifle in farmlands of West Texas. As a you ng man he farmed and worked delivering gas as a Phillips 66 jobber. He later worked with his father at a Phillips 66 station in Ballinger and also operated heavy equipment to construct stock ponds for the local ranchers. It was in Ballinger that he met his wife Madene and commenced what would become a marriage
of 71 years. After leaving Texas, Melvin and Madene became very successful in the
Williams motel business, which included the Westerner and the Travelodge motels.
Melvin also served as a member of the Williams City Council.
He is survived by his wife, Madene; sister Glenda Tieman (husband Arthur); daughter
Barbara Nelson (husband Dennis) along with his treasured grandchildren Pam Carlson
(husband Scott), Dee-Anna Nelson and his great-granddaughter Kaitlyn Carlson.
Melvin will be remembered for his love of family, hunting, fishing, checkers, incredible
work ethic, great sense of humor and generous sharing of his life advice with anyone
who would listen. He will also be remembered with great admiration for his complete
devotion in caring for Madene in the later years of their marriage.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be directed to Carondelet
Hospice at 1802 W. St Mary's Rd., Tucson, AZ 85745.