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Melvin P. Calkins March 8, 1934 - February 18, 2024

Melvin Palmer Calkins, 89, passed away February 18, 2024, in Eagle, Idaho.

Melvin was born on March 8, 1934, in Burley, Idaho.  He was the second of five children. As a young teenager he dug potatoes and sugar beets for Simplot because that is what you did when you live in potato country.  At age 16 he went to work for a local brick yard in Burley.  He met Janet in 1957.  She was the love of his life, and they married on December 6, 1957.  They just celebrated that love of 66 years with family and friends in their home.

Shortly after they married, they moved to Boise. Melvin continued to work for Pullman Brick Company and the companies that bought Pullman until he retired.  Melvin and Janet started to study the bible with Jehovah’s witnesses.  They were baptized January 13, 1962, on a very cold winter’s day in a small horse trough. They raised six kids to know Jehovah. They Also have 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Melvin loved being a witness of his God, Jehovah.  He couldn’t wait to read the watchtower and awake magazines when he received them in the mail.  He always took the older kids in service. They were always the first family at every meeting at the kingdom Hall.

He loved the ministry, and he loved Jehovah, his family, and the congregation.  He served as an elder for many years, one of his greatest joys.  He loved visiting not only with his family but also his spiritual family. He truly loved everyone.  He loved talking about his God Jehovah he was able to witness even in the hospital this is his beautiful life.


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    Clifford and Valerie Downing says

    To the Caulkins family, we are very sorry for your loss. We are glad we got to meet Melvin(Mel) as we known him. May Jehovah the God of all comfort, comfort you until he is awakened in Paradise…

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    Helen Gonion says

    Dearest Janet, my beautiful nieces and nephews, your grandchildren and great grandchildren,
    My thoughts, prayers and love are with all of you during this time of remembering and rejoicing Melvin’s life and what he meant to each of us. I and my family will always remember him exactly the way he appears in this photo; full of life, love, and that beautiful infectious smile! God be with you and bless you all.

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