Larry Lee Mellott, who was nickednamed "Deacon" early in life, 58 years old, died Monday, July 30th, 2012 at his home, in Howard, Pennsylvania of heart failure.
Born in Flemington, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Benjamin G. and Ruth Robinson Mellott.
Survived by Yvonne Jette-Flores, of San Jose, California, daughter of Antoinetta Jette' and Katherine "Kit" Mellott of Salem, Massachusettes and Hannah G. Mellott, of Boyertown, daughters of Jane Bannister Beauchamp,
Besides his children, he is survived by his sister Ruth Ann Karichner, of Marysville, PA and brother Benjamin W. Mellott and wife, Judy of Howard, PA. Larry's brother, Donald G. Mellott (survived by wife Judy) was killed in the Line Of Duty as a volunteer fireman with the Woolrich Volunteer Fire Company on February 12, 2010. He is also survived by 5 nieces/nephews and 6 great-nieces/nephews.
A graduate of Lock Haven High school, Class of 1971 – he served as their colorful emcee on reunion occasions. Larry graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1976 and shortly after moved to California.
His first job as a pharmacist was at San Jose Clinic Pharmacy in San Jose, California. He worked for 21 years at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, in San Jose. He moved back to his beloved Pennsylvania in 1991 and worked at Shared Medical Systems for many years. He and his family bought Bause's Super Drug Store in Boyertown, Pennsylvania – where he worked until 2010. He worked most recently at Weis Markets, in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.
He served as President of The Quatra County Society of Hospital Pharmacists in 1985. He served at President of the Santa Clara County Pharmacists Association in 1986, as well as being on the Association's Board of Directors from 1984 – 1990.
Larry had many hobbies and interests. He had an extensive collection of poison bottles, many he purchased over the years, but some of which he dug up on old building sites. He was a avid world traveler and prided himself on showing his daughters the world. Many hours were spent story telling, scrapbooking and reminiscing after trips.
He was an avid fisherman and also liked to take his gun on "walks in woods". Family geneology was very important to him and he loved organizing family bbq's and fish fries. He enjoyed the Sydney Opera House as much as he enjoyed going the Boyertown Orioles for a beer, escargot on a cruise thru Alaska and a can of Vienna sausages in front of his t.v. He will always be known as a multi-faceted man.
While living on the West Coast, Larry was very politically active regarding pharmacy and medical issues in California. He worked on a Political Action Committee for the California Society of Health System Pharmacists. He was appointed by California Governor Deukmejian to serve on the Board of Medical Quality Assurance Committee from 1984 – 1992.
He was a founding member of the Royal Order of The Raccoons, located in The Grill Shop in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. He was also a member of Boyertown Orioles – Nest 22. On Larry's paternal family tree, Gideon (Marlet) Merlette, a French Huguenot, was one of the first settlers on Staten Island, N.Y., in 1662. John Mellott, another paternal relative, served in the Revolutionary War.
A charitable fund has been established to carry on the legacy of Larry thru his daughters, Kit via The Kit Project, www.thekitproject.com and Hannah thru the Berks County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee www.bccf.org. Checks can be made in his honor to "Berks County Community Foundation" and mailed to 237 Court Street Reading, PA 19601. Please put Mellott Memorial Fund in the memo line.
The first of two memorial services will be held 2:00PM, Saturday, August 4th, 2012, at Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High Street, Lock Haven, PA 17745. Visitation will be held Saturday from 1:00-2:00 PM at the funeral home. www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com. The second memorial service will be held 2:00PM, Sunday, August 5, 2012 at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville. Visitation will be held Sunday from 1:00-2:00 PM at the funeral home.