Melvin “Mel” Dale Hamner, or Pops, as he was lovingly called by many, passed on December 11th, 2020, in Crescent City, CA after 83 great years. The family would like to thank the kind medical staff at Sutter Coast for caring for and comforting Pops in his final days.
Mel spent many of his days doing what he loved, hauling logs or taking care of his big rig. Up at four thirty AM for most of his life - the sound of his truck warming up is a memory that ALL of his kids and grandkids have. A fixture at the Frontier Room, or wherever the crew was meeting for breakfast, Mel was the friend you could always count on. He taught his children and grandchildren the value of hard work, generosity, and waking up early to seize every moment of daylight.
A seemingly gruff man with a heart of gold, Pops would always tell you what you needed to hear. Anyone that had the opportunity to see the twinkle in his blue eyes will tell you that when he loved you, he loved you with all of his heart.
Not perfect and never claiming to be, Pops always put his family first, worked hard, and worshipped his late wife Gail with everything he had. The family takes solace in knowing that Melvin and Gail are together again, where they were always happiest.
Mel is survived by many family members who will miss him dearly: his sister, Verla Borges; his children, Donna Jochimsen, Rogena Haskell, and Joseph Hamner; his nine grandchildren (who stole his tee shirts and his bed most nights) Jonathan Jochimsen, Justin Hamner, Stacey Jochimsen, Jonathan Ruth, Samantha Jochimsen, Katie (Jochimsen) Seaman, Joey Hamner, Brice Haskell, Chris Haskell, Cody Haskell, Kyle Jacques, and Zack Jacques. Pops is also survived by 14 great grandchildren.
Mel was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gail (Wood) Hamner; his father, Dale Hamner; his mother, Lucille Kasalik Hamner; his son, Vern Hamner; his brothers Ed and George Prauss; his sister, Mildred (Millie) Prauss Sargent; and his son in law, Mark Jochimsen.
Pops, have fun driving your big rig in the sky - I’m sure we will all hear it waking us up every now and again. You are loved and will be missed by many.
Melvin was cremated shortly after death. The family is not holding an in-person service at this time.