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Melvin passed away on April 4, 2004, in Twisp, Washington. His first job was as a smokejumper at NCSB in the 1955 and 1956. He worked for Boeing from 1961 to 1971 and then on construction projects in Alaska. In 1974 the family moved back to Winthrop, where they owned and operated the Trail's End Motel until retirement in 1981. Melvin served on the Winthrop City Council and was elected mayor of Twisp in November 2003. He loved softball and played on the "Over 50" team for the past five years.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Northcott, Melvin R. (North Cascades 1955)" (2004). Smokejumper Obituaries. 1131.