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Mardell Harrison Day

March 8, 1928 - January 8, 2017

Mardell was born in Plymouth, Minnesota, one of seven children enjoying a farm life. He attended local schools becoming the photographer for his high school annual. He served in the National Guard as a cook, bragging that he could make 100 pancakes at a time flipping the last before the first burned. He met Esther Greenberg in the late 1940s and they moved to California where they married and made a home in Yreka for 35 years.

Mardell had six children, William (Sandra) adopted and preceded Mardell in death, Rebecca Helsley (Larry), Colleen Lawson (Robert), Richard (Peggy), and John (Lisa). He worked in a variety of businesses and owned and operated the Shastalite Block Plant in Yreka for many years.

When he and Esther divorced in the mid-1980s he moved to the Medford area, married Arlene Mapes, and adopted her son, Kevin (Stephanie). He continued to work in construction, joined the EAA club, and began building small airplanes. He and Arlene divorced in the early 2000s.

Mardell has 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and even a great-great-grandchild.

Mardell enjoyed his circle of friends and often boasted that he had the best friends around. He was a regular at Spicers Restaurant and joked that they kept him alive the past five years.

Mardell’s friends and family are gathering at the old King “Fly By Night” Hangar, 9400 Highway 238, Jacksonville for a pot luck at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017 with a celebration of life to follow at 11:00 a.m. Bring a chair and something tasty to share. In addition to your specialty, there will be Mardell’s favorite soup, coleslaw, cake, and lemonade. Questions? Call Becky at 530-623-7094.