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Donald Mellott dies at 68

September 18, 2002

julieg@herald-mail.com

Donald Lee Mellott, 68, who had been a member of the Washington County liquor board for almost 12 years, died Tuesday at Washington County Hospital.

A native of the Downsville-Williamsport area, Mellott was a past representative of the Washington County Democratic Central Committee and a lifetime farmer.

"He was technically retired, but he was still working every day on the farm," Mellott's daughter, Sue Lowery, said Tuesday night.

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"He was a wonderful family man. He was there for his children, his grandchildren, and when his parents and in-laws were living he was one of the ones they would call on, if they needed anything. I think that's the same way it was in the community," Lowery said.

Mellott was appointed to the Washington County Board of License Commissioners in early 1991 by then-Gov. William Donald Schaefer to replace the late Woodrow Rippeon.

He became chairman of the liquor board in 1994 after the death of Lem Kirk.

Mark Mellott said his father's political career began as a teenager when he joined the Young Democrats of Washington County. He said he was sure helping people was part of why his father liked politics so much.

"He was always in politics," said Mark Mellott, 43. "He enjoyed that, I think."

Mellott was a dairy farmer and a 1951 graduate of Williamsport High School.

"I just can't believe it," said Richard Koontz of Williamsport, a friend who worked for the liquor board as an inspector. "Most of the people in this county, they're going to miss him."

Robert Everhart, a member of the liquor board, said Mellott was a man of high standards and a good family man.

"I think it's going to be a loss to us as well as to the community," he said.

The liquor board will still meet this morning as scheduled, but the office will be closed Thursday and Friday, he said.

Mellott is survived by his wife, Dolores Ethel Catlett Mellott, two daughters, three sons, a sister, and three brothers, all of whom live in Washington County. He also is survived by six grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren.

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