February 15, 1948 – November 4, 2021
Earl Ervin Mecham, 73, most recently of Hurricane, Utah, died suddenly at St. George’s Regional Hospital on November 4, 2021.
Earl was born in Blackfoot, Idaho, on February 15, 1948, to Lynn Lafayette and Lelah Hemmert Mecham. He grew up on a farm in Hunt, Idaho, as part of the Minidoka Development Project until 1961. As a little boy, Earl enjoyed hunting, fishing and rodeo. He rode horses and worked on the family farm until he was old enough to take a job at a local processing plant lifting 50-pound sacks of potatoes 10 feet into the air. The family moved to American Falls in 1961, where he attended high school and was on the wrestling and golf teams.
After graduating from American Falls High School in 1966, Earl served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in London, England. After returning to Idaho, he met Karyn Longhurst from Pocatello. They were married at the Idaho Falls Temple on December 26, 1970.
Earl joined the US Army and served in the Security Agency. Shortly after the birth of his and Karyn’s first child, he was separated from his family for a year while stationed in Thailand. After four years of service, he was honorably discharged after reaching the rank of specialist.
A graduate of Ricks College and Brigham Young University, he earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural finance. After graduation, the family lived in Soda Springs, Montpelier and Chubbuck, Idaho, while Earl worked for the Farmers Home Administration. In 1986, they moved to Acworth, Georgia, and Earl began working for the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Atlanta.
Earl was a life member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various Church callings, including serving as Bishop of Allatoona Ward in Acworth. He was a strong supporter of the Boy Scouts of America having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in his youth. Earl and Karyn raised two sons and three daughters and happily married until Karyn’s untimely death in 2003.
Earl married Lynne Hagan in the Atlanta Temple on June 28, 2003. After retiring from HUD in 2006, Earl and Lynne served three missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including 24 months in the Novosibirsk Mission in Russia from 2006 to 2008, 18 months in the South London Mission in England from 2013 to 2014, and 12 months while living at home in the Utah St. George Mission from 2020 to 2021. Enter mission calls, Earl and Lynne traveled the country visiting their children, grandchildren and many friends. In 2017, they moved from Woodstock, GA to Hurricane, Utah.
In his spare time Earl enjoyed woodworking, gardening, cooking, photography, travel and serving others. He and Lynne looked after many friends and neighbors and frequently ate or invited them to dinner. He loved to play ping pong with his grandchildren and maybe even let them win a few times.
Earl had a knack for seeing others in need and filling that need through service. While living in Georgia, he volunteered with the court-appointed special advocates for abused or neglected children. He was also an active member of the Cherokee County Republican Party and served as chairman of the constituency committee.
After moving to Utah, Earl was involved with the Dixie Springs Helping Hands community service group. His commitment to family, his dedication to church and community, and his love for friends, neighbors and strangers were a reflection of his deep faith and love for the Savior Jesus Christ.
Earl is survived by his second wife, Lynne; sisters Jerilynn Mecham (Paul) Robinson of St. George, Utah, and Cheryl Ann (Eugene) Martin of Pocatello, Idaho; sons Lon Lafayette (Victoria) Mecham of Nashville, Tennessee, and Greg (Yvette) Mecham of Lake Stevens, Washington; daughters Wendy (Andrew) Tartaglia of Marietta, Georgia, Kami (Bill) of western Washington, Utah, and Ashley (Glen) Croft of Star, Idaho; daughters-in-law Melissa (Jimmy) Parry of New Market, Alabama, Kimberly (Bradley) Johnson of Kaysville, Utah, and Rebecca (Brett) Gagnon of Culver City, California; and 28 grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents and his first wife Karyn.
The funeral will be on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Hurricane 21st Ward Chapel, 320 N. 3400 W., Hurricane, Utah. A visit will be held that morning from 9:30 am to 10:30 am Interment will be at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada. In lieu of flowers, please do an act of service for your neighbor.
Family and friends are welcome to share tributes online at www.SerenityStG.com. Memorial Tree Arrangements and Planting by Serenity Funeral Home of Southern Utah, 435-986-9100.