Melvin LaRoy Haney

Melvin LaRoy Haney, age 77, of Sterling, Idaho, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at his home. He was born August 12, 1937 in Moore, Idaho to Maurice and Clover (Palmer) Haney. Melvin grew up in Moore and graduated from Arco High in 1957.

Melvin served in the Army from 1960 to 1962. He married former wife Clara, mother of Gregory (deceased) and Tina Leavy.

Melvin married Marta Elaine Stein in December 1974. Together they had Latoya, Alan, Derric, Sharell, and Kevin; and David and Kary, step-children. They divorced in 1984.

Melvin married Michelle(Parsons) Haney on Sept. 24, 1996. They had Kristina (stillborn), Melody and Mark. They were married until Mel’s death.

Melvin was a very kind and loving man. He loved visiting with everyone. He enjoyed going to coffee with the men. He loved talking about growing up on the Haney Ranch. He would be so proud when he talked about running horses with his father. He enjoyed spending time with his brothers. He loved to go hunting and fishing with them. He always talked about perfect spots for hunting, fishing and camping. He was a very talented gardener. He enjoyed playing with his sisters too. Mel and all of his brothers and sisters enjoyed spending time together.

Melvin was a member of the Aberdeen Legion. He was so proud to help with funerals and encouraged people to come to the meetings.

Melvin loved reading. Once he started reading it was difficult for him to stop. He was a cowboy. You rarely saw him without his cowboy hats.

He planted a rose bush every year. There was not a plant he couldn’t identify.

Every night before he went to bed he would go outside and look up at the stars.

Melvin and Michelle have resided in Blackfoot and Sterling. In later years he was the assistant coach for his son Mark’s basketball team and helped his daughter train and take care of the horses.

He is survived by his wife Michelle of Sterling, children Tina, David, Kary, Latoya, Alan, Derric, Sharell, Kevin, Melody and Mark. Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Kristina Clover, his son Gregory Maurice, his brother Darwin, and his ex-wife Marta Elaine Stein.

Melvin will be greatly missed and forever be a part of us all.

Mel’s family received friends 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Moore Stake Center, 3092 N, 3350 W in Moore, Idaho. Funeral services began at 11 a.m. Interment with honors by the Aberdeen American Legion Post 59 followed at the Lost River Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held sometime in the following weeks at the Aberdeen Methodist Church with Pastor Davey Lefler presiding. For details, please contact Michelle.

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