Melvin E. Hobson of Chandler, AZ passed away peacefully in his home Sunday morning, January 7, 2018 at the age of 90. All of his family were present with him the evening before in his last hours.
Melvin (Mel) was born on March 13, 1927 in Clarks, Louisiana to Claud E. Hobson and Nancy J. (Allen) Hobson. He was one of six children, and had two sisters, Myra and Margie, three brothers, Elton, Ralph, and Noel Hobson.
He married the love of his life, Jewel (Hale) Hobson on October 22, 1949 in Santa Monica, California where they spent many happy years together before moving closer to family in Arizona in 1999. They were married 68 years.
Mel’s life story is one worth retelling by many who knew him. From a very young age, Mel’s heart was to put his family and friends first. Ever the southern gentleman, he always considered himself last in everything he did, a trait that stayed with him until his final day. After serving a few years in the Merchant Marines, Mel joined the Los Angeles Times at the approximate age of 21 and worked in the newspaper business, working his way up from a young clerk sweeping floors to become chief printer of the front page of the Times in his later years. He worked there for 41+ years, before retiring at the age of 62 with many credits and honors to his name. Ever the servant, his hard work and labor for his family and friends did not stop upon retirement, and he always gave his best to anyone who needed him. His hobbies included spending time with his wife, watching USC Trojan Football with his sons, teasing and spoiling his granddaughters, and cultivating lemon trees in his backyard.
Mel was a special man, beloved by all who met him. He is survived by his wife Jewel; two children: James and his wife Sandy Hobson, and John and his wife Wendy Hobson; four granddaughters: Kelly, Beth, Lauren, and Kristen; two great-grandchildren: Allison and Kaitlyn; two sisters: Myra Twitchell and Margie Murphy; as well as many nieces and nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his three brothers, Elton, Ralph, and Noel Hobson.
A memorial service for friends and family will be held Thursday morning, January 11 at Legacy Funeral Home, located at 1374 N. Arizona Avenue, in Chandler.
The family wishes to convey this significant loss and their gratitude to family and friends for their thoughts and prayers. Mel was the type of man that this world could use more of and his presence will be missed daily.
“Truly I say to you, inasmuch as you have done these things to the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40.
Well done, good and faithful servant.