ILWACO - Melvin A. Fisher, Jr., age 62, died at Ocean Beach Hospital in Ilwaco, on Oct. 30, 2003 after a long battle with cancer. He was born on Aug. 14, 1941 in Portland, the son of Melvin A. and Jessie (Gray) Fisher, Sr.

During his early childhood, the family lived in Portland where his father was a brakeman for the Union Pacific Railroad. After the family moved to Milwaukie, Ore., Mr. Fisher attended Ardenwald Grammar School and later Milwaukie High School. He left high school and joined a group who rode motorcycles and during the next several years, traveled across the entire U.S.

After returning to Milwaukie, Ore., where his parents still resided, he became employed as manager for a Rub 'A Dub carwash in Lake Oswego, Ore., for 14 years. Later he became a security guard for Home Base Stores, where he worked until his retirement.

On Sept. 21 1977 he married Martha Hinton and they made their home in Milwaukie, Ore. After he retired in 2000, the couple moved to the beach where they made their retirement home in Ocean Park.

Mr. Fisher was always busy, could never sit still for long and enjoyed working with his hands. He loved motorcycles and was always ready to travel. His other interests included camping, landscaping, being a backyard mechanic and working with wood. His family describes him as the "champion builder" of benches. He enjoyed his family and loved to spend time with his grandchildren. He was a former member of Mt. Scott Presbyterian Church in Portland.

Survivors include his wife Martha of Ocean Park; daughter Machell Nichols of Portland; sons David Farrar and Larry Farrar both of Portland; sisters Janet Rainville of Portland and Joyce VanSickle of Auke Bay, Alaska; nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be scheduled by the family at a later date. Cremation arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach. Memorial donations for the family may be sent to the Melvin A. Fisher, Jr. Donation Account at Bank of the Pacific, P.O. Box 738, Long Beach, WA 98631.

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