Former Haines and Juneau resident Melvin Frederic Daroff died Dec. 7, 2009, in El Segundo, Calif. He was 82.
Born Sept. 16, 1927, in Haines and raised in Juneau at Fish Creek and on Starr Hill, he worked in his younger days clearing trails with the Forest Service at Eagle River and Mount Juneau.
As a World War II veteran, he spent his service career in Southeast Alaska on supply vessels and installing lighting on many islands. An early love of aviation led him to his career with Alaska Coastal Airlines as a mechanic prior to their merger with Alaska Airlines.
He married his sweetheart, Carol Wood, in 1956 and they spent 53-plus wonderful years together. They moved to California in 1966 and lived in El Segundo until his death.
As a member of the Optimist Club, he spent many hours helping children at the children's hospital in Los Angeles. He spent most summers and even some winters in Juneau and nearby areas. He was a private pilot and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He still owns property in Gustavus.
A generous and loving man, he will be greatly missed, his family said.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Daroff, of El Segundo; son, David Daroff, wife, Pam, and their children, Jamie and Katie, of Salt Lake City, Utah; daughter, Wendy Nelson and husband, Tom, and their children, Chris and Courtney, all of Juneau; daughter, Vicki Harvey and husband, Jim, and their children, Elizabeth and Stephen, of Escondido, Calif.; many friends and family; and nephews, George and Dennis Pleasants and their families, and best friend, Axel Nelson, all of Juneau.
A memorial service will be held in Juneau this summer. For information, call Wendy Nelson at 209-2140.
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