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Roy Melvin Grass

Roy Melvin Grass as born on July 29, 1928 in Dinuba, CA and went to be with the Lord of January 27, 2021 in Visalia, CA. Roy was the son of Henry Jacob and Maggie (Martzen) Grass. Roy married the love of his life, Virginia Ann Paul in March 1954. They were blessed with 63 years of married life. Roy always carried a cherished picture of Virginia in his wallet and enjoyed showing off his sweetheart even after Virginia’s death. Roy was a custodian for Dinuba Schools for 35 years, starting his career at Dinuba High School. The highlight for Roy was the 22 years he worked at Grandview Elementary School. He bragged that he attended Grandview as a child then worked there as an adult. He loved and enjoyed being surrounded by the students. In return, these children loved him and as they became adults many remembered Roy. The school staff were his second family, and many became lifelong friends. Roy was an avid gardener and wanted to be remembered for his yard and flowers. Roy’s yard was an oasis filled with the vibrant colors of the flowers he loved, and he planted new displays for each season. At the young age of 91 he planted three flats of flowers and 125 flower bulbs all in the same day. Roy’s home was his delight, and he lived all his life on the same property. Roy’s home was special to him because his father Henry Jacob built it for Roy and his bride. Roy’s smile could light up a room and his personality was as bright and colorful as his flowers. Roy possessed the heart of a giant and the word most often used to describe Roy was kind. Roy has been described as the kindest person ever encountered. He was a faithful and loving friend. Roy is preceded in death by his wife Virginia, his parents, his brother and his sisters. Roy is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. Roy’s friend family was large and dear to him. Due to COVID restrictions no services are planned at this time. Since the children at Grandview School held a special place in Roy’s heart the family is requesting that remembrances in Roy’s name be made to Valley Children’s Hospital, Madera.

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I remember Mr. Grass from when I was a student at Grand View school in the late 60's and early 70's. He truly was a nice man!

Karen Waldner Jost Feb 10 2021 1:21 PM

Mom and me with her Uncle Roy in 2019

Janet Feb 3 2021 2:14 PM

I love this photo, Carol!

janet Heinrichs Feb 3 2021 1:19 PM

I was a student at Grand View from '83-'90. Some of my fondest memories of my time there are of Mr Grass. He was always so happy and absolutely loved interacting with the students. He was one of the nicest, sweetest human beings I have ever met. My condolences and prayers for his family. Jason Lewis

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