By Valerie Ipson
Meldrum Mortuary continues long history of serving families in their time of need
The staff at Meldrum Mortuary and Crematory have solid reputation for always looking for ways to better serve families. Their roots in the community run deep and many valley residents have come to depend on them during their most difficult times.
In 1926, while in Salt Lake City to attend LDS General Conference, Mesa resident, John Jacob Huber, Sr., visited a friend who owned a mortuary in Charleston, Utah. At the time, a young man named Jess Meldrum was working as an apprentice there. Brother Huber encouraged Jess to move to Mesa, because, as he put it, “Mesa needs a Mormon mortuary.” The owner of the Charleston mortuary owner told Jess to take one of the hearses and to repay him when he could.
With that, Jess and his wife, Inez, packed their belongings, and with their young son, Donald, moved to Mesa. They purchased the William Burton Mortuary in 1927.
Since then, the Meldrum family has owned and operated the funeral home in the original location, 52 N. Macdonald.
During World War II, the mortuary had a contract with Williams Field Army Air Force Base to take care of U.S. airmen killed during training. The mortuary also had a contract with Falcon Field for the British soldiers who died during flight training. Jess’s son, Mark Meldrum, who still is actively involved in the daily operation of the mortuary, remembers being called out of school as a teenager to help his father after a bomber crashed in the desert.
Over the years, Jess built up the mortuary to better meet the needs of the families served. Originally a small frame building, Meldrum Mortuary now includes larger arrangement rooms, a 250-seat chapel and a crematorium—all on site.
With Mark and Jess’s grandson, Mark, Jr., also involved, Meldrum Mortuary is the oldest family-owned and operated mortuary in the state of Arizona.
“The entire staff has continually looked for better says to serve families who have come to depend on Meldrum Mortuary and Crematory,” Mark says. “Offering choices in funeral arrangements, providing assistance after the funeral and maintaining comfortable surroundings are just a few of the ways we can help.”
One of the most valuable services offered is advance funeral planning. Patrons find peace of mind as Medrum’s staff members provide answers about funeral costs and options, help in organizing personal records, and assist in choosing options for pre-arrangement and pre-financing.
Their website, at www.meldrummortuary.com, provides information and details regarding services offered, including frequently asked questions, what to do when death occurs, plus helpful forms and online tools.
Staff members are on-call to answer questions or assist as needed at any time, 24/7, and can be reached by calling (480) 834-9255 (Phoenix Metropolitan area) or toll free at (800) 682-8119.