Melvin V. Flock
Melvin V. Flock, 93, Sun City, Ariz., formerly of Durango, Colo., died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, in Peoria, Ariz.
Born Feb. 9, 1915, near Corydon, he earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 1937 from Purdue University.
He was a former employee in the poultry division of Swift and Co. in Taylor, Texas, and Waterloo, Iowa, was an experimental department worker at Anderson Box Co. in Indianapolis, was assistant county agriculture agent for Clark County and the Brown County agriculture agent, was a poultry specialist for Southern Indiana and a turkey specialist for the state with Purdue University, and was a supervisor with DeKalb Agricultural Association at Sycamore, Ill., who helped start the company’s baby chick hatcheries in Illiopolis, Ill., Grinnell, Iowa, Fremont, Neb., Paris, Texas, Marion, Ohio, and York, Pa.
He was the former owner-operator of the old Hillside Motel in Durango, served two terms as mayor of Durango, was a member of the city council for eight years and was a member of the Governor’s Colorado Motion Picture and Television Commission under three governors during which time he was a motion picture and TV location scout for the Durango Chamber of Commerce. He worked as a driver in the transportation department for more than 30 movies and TV productions in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.
He was a member of the Durango Motel Association, the Artistic Stained Glass Club, Marinette Clay Corner Club and Willowbrook United Methodist Church of Sun City.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, the former Irene Kaufmann, on Nov. 17, 1999.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Flock of Durango and Richard Flock of Hesperus, Colo.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral: Thursday, Jan. 15, at First United Methodist Church with burial in Greenmount Cemetery, both in Durango.
Officiant: Pastor Jeff Huber.