There are some businesses that most of us don’t think about on a daily basis but someday will undoubtedly encounter. Meldrum Mortuary and Crematory is just such a business. This Mesa operation has a long standing history of serving families in their time of need. With an attentive staff that has a solid reputation, Meldrum treats every person with care and dignity. Many Valley residents find compassionate service with Meldrum Mortuary, as well as dependability and professionalism during their family’s most difficult times.
While visiting Salt Lake City to attend and LDS General Conference in 1926, Mesa resident John Jacob Huber, Sr., stopped by to visit a friend in Charleston, Utah. His friend owned a mortuary in town. At this time, a young man working as an apprentice named Jess Meldrum caught Huber’s eye. Brother Huber told the young Jess, “Mesa needs a Mormon mortuary.” Soon after, with a hearse on loan from his now former employer, Jess and Inez Meldrum, along with their young son, Donald, moved to Mesa. They purchased the William Burton Mortuary in 1927. Today the mortuary is the oldest of its kind, family owned and operated, in its original location at 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 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, the family 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, unlike other companies who use off-site facilities.
Mark Meldrum, Jr., grandson of Jess, is also involved. “The entire staff has continually looked for better ways 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.”
Meldrum offers peace of mind to patrons by providing help with advance funeral planning. Their website, www.meldrummortuary.com, provides details and information about the services and plans they offer.