Home: Salt Lake City, Utah
Death Date: October 12, 2017
Birthdate: February 4, 1952
Place Of Birth: Salt Lake City, Utah
Service Information: Friday, October 20, 2017 6:00 PM
Service Location: Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84106
George Malcolm "Little Mel" Andersen, 65, loving husband, father and Papa, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday, October 12, 2017, after a heroic fight against ALS. Mel was born on February 4, 1952 to Malcolm George "Big Mel" and Lena Hodgson Andersen. He instantly became the baby of the family, the only boy and the best birthday present his Dad would ever receive. Mel grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, attended Granite High School where he participated in track and football. He was a member of the 1969 State Championship Track Team and graduated in 1970. After High School he attended the University of Utah.
Mel married his soul mate Linda on March 29, 1980. They remained inseparable for the next 37 years. Mel had a passion for fishing that was unmatched. He was truly gifted in this sport. He was happy and eager to share his love of fishing with anyone, as long as they knew it was serious business. He took pride in everything he did, big or small and his work ethic was an example to all, especially his daughters and grand daughters. He loved all genres of music, his favorite band being The Beatles, and had a soft spot for old muscle cars, especially the Chevelle Super Sport. Mel was a huge fan of Skyline Girls Basketball, Softball and Cheer, Utah Flash Girls Basketball, Utah Bullets Softball and Power Plus Productions, where he spent numerous hours enjoying and watching his granddaughters pursue their dreams.
Mel is survived by his wife Linda (who cared for him so dearly); his two daughters, Kimberlee (Russ) and Melanie (Adam); his two favorite grandchildren Barrett and Bryce and his four sisters, Jeri (Kent) Beckstrom, Linda (Bill) Loveland, Judie (Lee) Smith and Sandi (Craig) Eby. Preceded in death by his parents.
Mel's family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to all the Doctors, Nurses and Aides at the University of Utah Hospital. They took such tender care of Mel and showered him and the rest of his family with love during this most heartbreaking time.
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Starks Funeral Parlor on 3651 South and 900 East. Guests are encouraged to use the complimentary valet parking on the north side of the building. A Funeral Mass in his honor will be celebrated Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11:00 am at Saint Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, 1375 East Spring Lane, followed by a luncheon where everyone can gather, reminisce and celebrate him.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the ALS Rocky Mountain Chapter in Mel's honor. A cure needs to be found so others will not have to suffer this horrific disease. http://webco.alsa.org
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