Loel was born in the family home in Milton, Morgan County, Utah, on December 20, 1934, to Marion R. and Alice Viola Mecham. He attended school in Morgan and graduated from Morgan High School in 1953. He was active in the football program and track both at Morgan High School and Weber College. He grew up on the family farm in Milton, where he learned to love to work. Loel worked for Precision Built Homes for 33 years. When the company was sold in 1987, Loel ended up changing jobs, hired by the Morgan School District, where he kept things running until he retired in July 2004. He loved being around the young people and made many lifetime friends among the teachers and staff at the school.
Early in the 1960s Loel, along with Larry Jensen (deceased), Woodrow Giles (deceased) and Frank Anderson, formed a barbershop quartet.
Enid was born on February 6, 1934, in Peterson, Morgan County, Utah, to Howard Paul and Virginia Rae Hulet. She also attended school in Morgan and graduated in 1952.
Loel and Enid both sang in the Morgan High School choir and learned the value of music and how it can enrich lives. Enid was active in the band program also, along with being a cheerleader and Majorette and her senior year was student body secretary. She was a stay-at-home mom who loved sewing, crocheting, crafts and especially loves working with her flower gardens.
She and Loel knew each other most of their lives and as time passed, they became the best of friends and that friendship has led to 60 years of marriage. When they were in Missouri, they celebrated their 53rd anniversary by touring the Hallmark card home. An employee asked what the occasion was we were celebrating, we told them it was our 53rd anniversary. A young couple acted surprised and asked us, “How did you do that?” We looked at each other and agreed that our belief in Jesus Christ and our membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had given us the foundation to build on and we invited the Savior to be a part of our lives. And when things didn’t go right we didn’t get divorced.
They were married on October 4, 1954, in the Salt Lake Temple and have been blessed with five wonderful children, who in turn chose five great spouses. Their children are Blaine and (Teresa) Mecham, Glen and (Carol) Mecham, (David) and Lorna Carter, (Kevin) and Ellen Baggs and (Matthew) and Ann Hinck. They have been blessed with 20 grandchildren and 18 plus three more coming great-grandchildren.
The Mechams served as temple workers in the Ogden temple before its closing and are hoping to find themselves there again when it re-opens. They have served two missions, one an inner city mission for the Eccles Park ward and in the Missouri Independence mission. Loel has served in many callings in the ward and stake. Those callings included: Sunday school president; young men’s president; councilor to Bishop George F. Rhodes; and then as bishop of the Milton ward for seven years. He also served as Stake financial clerk when the Morgan Stake was divided and the Morgan North Stake was created. Since that time he has served as Stake Mission president, Stake High Councilor and his most favorite calling, a primary teacher.
Enid has served as president of the Primary, young women’s and Relief Society president and Stake Relief Society president. She has served as Primary music director and ward choir director.
Over the years Enid’s love of sewing has given her the opportunity to make numerous wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and choir group costumes.
On June 14, from 2-6 p.m. the Mechams and their family are going to celebrate this awesome year and would love to have friends and family drop by the Milton church house at 1255 N. Morgan Valley Drive and share this moment in time with them.
Having you join us would be the greatest gift that could be given. Being able to thank all of our neighbors and friends in this beautiful valley for helping us raise our family and being such great people, would be the icing on the cake.