Jerry Wayne Melton passed away peacefully in his home with his family by his side on November 22, 2018 in Taft, CA.

Jerry was born on January 11, 1939 in Leachville, AR to Ralph and Laurine Melton. The Melton family relocated to California in 1954. Jerry graduated from Taft Union High School in 1956. He married his loving wife Judy, on March 9, 1959. He started his career in agriculture and then worked for various oilfield contractors around the Taft area. In 1970, Jerry purchased a backhoe, dump truck, and a trailer where he worked as an owner/operator for several years. As time went on, he slowly grew a successful business into what it is today, Jerry Melton & Sons Construction, INC. where he employed hundreds of employees over the years. He took pride in everything he did and never missed a day of work. Jerry would drop whatever he was doing to lend a helping hand. His work philosophy has always been to be honest, do what you say you are going to do, and treat people fairly.

Jerry loved spending his free time camping and fishing with his brothers and sons at Klamath River where they caught salmon and trout and made unforgettable memories. He loved to be with his family where they gathered to eat and share family stories. He enjoyed making his BBQ ribs and blue cheese ranch dressing. His grandkids will always remember their special Christmas gifts from their Papa, a bucket of licorice, a block of cheese, and a jar of maraschino cherries. Jerry enjoyed reading and keeping up with current events. Jerry always had an ongoing project to keep him busy because he did not like idle hands.

 Jerry is survived by his wife Judy Melton of Taft, CA; his sons, David Melton and wife Kim, their children, Austin, Bryson, and Paige of Bakersfield, CA; Steven Melton and wife Robyn, their children, Mariah Howard and husband Brad, Sierra Phillips and husband Austin, and Tanner of Taft, CA; Gregory Melton and wife Tabitha, their children, Faith, Carson, and Chloe of Taft, CA; also his granddaughter, Teri Jones, and her children Camryn and Liam of Bakersfield, CA; his brother, RL Melton of Kernville, CA; his sisters Betty Hayes and husband Bob of Arkansas; Nancy Hall and husband, David of Bakersfield, CA; Judy Watson and husband Paul of Bakersfield, CA; Sue White and companion Gary Summers of Taft, CA; and sister-in-law, Cindy Melton of Taft, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jerry is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gerlin; daughters, Linda and Karen; and son, Paul.

Jerry’s sister Betty Hayes passed away Monday, November 26, 2018.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at Greenlawn Southwest, 2739 Panama Ln. Bakersfield, CA on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A graveside service is scheduled for Friday, November 30, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at West Side Cemetery in Taft, CA with a reception to follow at OT Cookhouse. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jerry’s life.