Melvin R. “Mel” Tompkins was born on April 8, 1940 in Deary, Idaho to parents, Charles James Tompkins and Reta A. Guston Tompkins. He died on March 12, 2018 at his home in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 77 years. Mel was raised all across the United States. He joined the United States Navy and served until his honorable discharge. Mel moved to Hermiston, Oregon and went to work for Marlette Homes in 1966 where he worked for more than 40 years before he retired. He enjoyed camping, fishing and race car driving.
He is survived by his sons: Steven Tompkins, Hermiston, OR, Tim (Rhonda) Tompkins, Irrigon, OR; daughter: Sheryl Markland, Tri Cities, WA; brother: Bobby Tompkins, Pendleton, OR; 6 grandchildren: Anthony, Darcy, Samantha, Dezi, Greg and Steven; numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mel was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Jim, Donny, Gary, and Terry, sisters: Evelyn, Norma, Mary and an infant sister.
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Hermiston Cemetery, Hermiston, Oregon
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.