Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 1:00 P.M. for former Taft resident, Merrill C. “Mel” Gaunt, 82.

MERRILL  C.  “MEL”  GAUNT

Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 1:00 P.M. for former Taft resident, Merrill C. “Mel” Gaunt, 82.   Rev. Joey Pittman, pastor of New Hope Temple will officiate.  Private burial will take place in the Mariposa Public Cemetery.  Mr. Gaunt was born in Lost Hills on October 7, 1927 and passed away in Porterville on May 19, 2010.  He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy.  He had lived in the Taft area for over 40 years and had been employed as a pumper.  After his retirement he moved to Mariposa.  He was a member of the Taft-Midway Lodge #426 F.&A.M. and the Taft Moose Lodge.  Mr. Gaunt enjoyed hunting, fishing, family vacations and especially the beach where he could drive his Jeep and ride his three wheeler.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Louise Gaunt, in 1995.  Mr. Gaunt is survived by his children and their spouses, Merrill “Rusty” Gaunt of Buttonwillow, Mary and Kevin Bowen of Strathmore, Raeleen and Kial Gunter of Winnemucca, Nevada and Ray and Joni Gaunt of Los Osos; his nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 3:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.   www.EricksonAndBrown.com