Melville Shahan (sponsored obituary)
A celebration of life for Melville G. Shahan will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the family home.
Born in Walnut Park, CA on June 21, 1938 Melville Gerald Shahan was the oldest of two children. He graduated from Compton High School in 1956. Then Mel joined the navy as a Seabee stationed for two years in Guam, Phillippines. He married his first wife Bettina and went to Pasadena College to receive a B.A. in teaching and taught emotionally handicapped children and sixth grade in Altadena, CA. Mel also received advanced degrees in Hebrew and Greek, as well as having completed a Doctorate of Divinity from seminary school.
Mel married his second wife Susan and bought a 750 Moto Guzzi touring bike and moved to Nevada City in 1972 where they opened The Herb Shop and worked for several years. He worked for the city of Grass Valley on a CETA Program for the Parks & Recreation Department as a maintenance worker, during which time he also ‘roadied’ for singer/songwriter Dakota Sid & The Badland Seranaders, moving sound equipment.
Mel became a printer in 1980 and in 1982 married current wife Nancy and had two beautiful children Nicholas and Melina, who adored their father. They bought Nevada County Printing in 1997 where he worked until retiring in January 2007.
Mel loved riding his Moto Guzzi, rockin’ and rollin’, hangin’ at the Yuba River, and reading was his quiet past time. He was a huge fan of the 49ers and immensely enjoyed his time with family, including vacations with Nancy, Nick and Melina.
He is survived by his wife Nancy, loving son Nicholas and his wife Emily, his loving daughter Melina, father Gerald & wife Juanita, sister Janet and a large extended family.
He was preceded in death by his mother Florence Shahan, his aunts Cleola, Audie and Nema, and their respective husbands.
Please join us for sharing stories, pot luck, music & good times on September 11, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. as we celebrate Mel’s life. Car pooling is advised. 16061 Holly Davo Place, Grass Valley, 95945.
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