Mel Vernon Passes Away at 89

Mel Vernon

Melvin D. “Mel” Vernon of Pilot Rock died on Aug. 2, 2022 at home in Hermiston at the age of 89.

He was born on July 23, 1933 in Grand Coulee, Wash.

Mel enjoyed snow birding during the winter, traveling, music (especially playing the guitar), woodworking and cherished time with his family.

A celebration of life gathering will be held.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.