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Brook Knowles Melchin

April 16, 1955 — September 18, 2023

Brook Knowles Melchin passed away peacefully and suddenly at home in his sleep from a myocardial blockage on September 18, 2023, in Calgary, Alberta. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife and eternal companion of 44 years, Joy; children, Brenna (Michael) Murray, David (Holly) Melchin, Brant (Alyssa) Melchin, Caleb (Kristina) Melchin, Evan Melchin, Shannon (Felipe) Cupido, and Elizabeth (Zael) Salmon; grandchildren, Allan, Peter, Margaret, Heidi, Thomas, Rachel, Joshua, Jane, Liam, Cameron, Stephen, and Nathan; siblings, Richard (Catherine) Melchin, Shauna (Terry) Murdock, Robyn Creason, Greg (Rhonda) Melchin, Wade (Kathleen) Melchin, and Barbara (Rainer) Nitschke; foster sister, Tina LaRose; uncle, Fred (Doreen) Henderson; and many more family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Gerald and Evelyn Melchin; children, Ann and Sharon; brother-in-law, Nyle Creason; and sister-in-law, Helen Melchin.

Brook was born April 16, 1955, in Raymond, Alberta. At the age of three, he moved with his family to Calgary, Alberta, where he lived until his last year of high school when they moved to Monrovia, California. From ages 19-21, Brook honourably served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was called to the Geneva, Switzerland Mission and served in both Switzerland and France, becoming fluent in French.

While in university, Brook married the love of his life, Joy Baadsgaard, in the Logan, Utah temple on June 12, 1979. Brook graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He earned his Master of Environmental Design (Architecture) from the University of Calgary, culminating his degree with a full scholarship to tour Europe with his wife.

After university, Brook and Joy settled in Calgary. Together, they raised seven delightful children and tragically lost two of their daughters in childbirth. Brook and Joy loved and cherished each other and found great joy in raising their family. He raised his children with a kind and gentle hand, never losing his temper or saying a harsh word. Brook relied on Joy’s strength and support throughout his life. He spent countless hours designing and renovating a uniquely designed home to accommodate a large and growing family. Brook and Joy created a loving, gospel-centred home, full of happiness, learning, artistic beauty, and music. He loved being a grandfather and spent so much time playing with and spoiling all the grandkids. He instilled in his family a legacy of faith in Christ and devotion to family.

Brook stayed in great shape and took excellent care of his body. He exercised regularly, was an avid runner, loved hiking through the mountains, enjoyed swimming and downhill skiing, and spent time tending his garden. He loved the outdoors and took hundreds of young men on memorable and impactful camping trips.

Brook began the study of art and painting at a young age. At university he received numerous awards even in categories that were not his major. His favourite medium was watercolour. He filled his home and those of his family and friends with his works, mostly paintings of the mountains. He pursued his career in architecture, where he continued to show his brilliance and artistry, designing beautiful homes and buildings that were built in Canmore, Cochrane, Calgary, and other locations in Canada. Highly respected in the field, he won awards for his architectural projects. At the time of his untimely passing, Brook was still working on architectural projects and painting.

Brook was a true follower of Jesus Christ and his faith was central to his life. He had many experiences throughout his life that solidified his faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ and His gospel restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Brook was a gospel scholar who could often be found in deep study while reading the scriptures. He loved working with youth and was a mentor to many. He served as an Elder’s Quorum President, Gospel Doctrine Teacher, Young Men’s Leader, High Councilor, and Bishop. At the time of his passing, he was serving as the ward Sunday School President, early-morning Seminary Teacher, Producer of the Stake Christmas Carol Festival, a Temple Ordinance Worker, and a Temple Sealer. Brook lived a full and active life right up until the moment he was called home. He was surrounded by family and loved ones the evening before his passing.

A viewing will be held for Brook at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – West Stake Centre (6560 Silver Springs Crescent NW, Calgary) from 6 – 8 pm on Thursday September 28, 2023. A funeral service will then be held at the same location on Friday September 29, 2023, at 11 am with a viewing before from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Interment will follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. For any unable to attend the funeral in-person, the service will be live-streamed through zoom:
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