Jan. 7, 1946 — July 21, 2013
Mel Knifong, 67 years old, of Wallowa. If you knew me, you know my family. This is all I wanted said of my life. Looking back ... my childhood was the happiest part of my life. I had an honest, hardworking and committed father and the warmest loving mother any child could ask for. My father passed a few years back. My loving mother is the light in my eyes and the beat in my heart. Mom, I love you so much and thank you for bringing me into this wonderful world.
There were two exceptionally special moments in my life. The first being on a plane leaving Vietnam... ALIVE. The second a few years later when my son Erik was born. His mother Lori looked at me and said: “It’s a boy.”
Fishing had been a pleasure and each fishing trip a new experience. It was a special time ... whether the fish were biting or not. The solitude of just nature and me ... alone ... in all its beauty. It was at these times I felt the closest to my God. When health issues made it impossible to get out, I made up for that loss by learning to tie salmon and steelhead jigs. Even when I felt I may not have another day to live, I ask for another day ... to tie another jig. I was granted more time, and I tied more jigs. There is always more to the story, but all good things must come to an end.
Thank you God, for the love and laughter and all the family and friends you made possible. You gave me enough rainy moments, so I could appreciate the sunny moments. Through all the rain and sun I became the man I was meant to be. To everyone I leave ... peace and love. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Lending Heart Community Resources at any Community Bank.