Melvin Kaniatobe, age 71, born April 25, 1944 in Idabel, Oklahoma, passed away in Porterville, CA. on Friday, April 1, 2016. He went to Haskell University, and later joined the Navy to serve in Vietnam receiving various awards, one being a Vietnam Service Medal with Four Bronze Stars. After his tour he came home and joined the Naval Reserve and began his career with the US Forest Service as a Mechanic. He later married his wife of 45 years Lupe Ann Norris, in Los Angeles, CA. They started their life together in Pasadena, CA. His job with the USFS brought them to Porterville, where they became lifelong residents in the valley. The valley became a place where he could share his love of fishing with his family and friends. He also later attended and graduated with an AA degree from Porterville College. He also loved repairing cars, hosting barbeques, playing horseshoes, gambling at The Eagle Mountain Casino, playing dominoes and cards. He and his wife also participated in bowling leagues, winning numerous trophies. He was a man who opened his home to others when in need and put others before himself. He is preceded in death by his son Alfred James Kaniatobe and grandson Michael Shawn Kaniatobe. Melvin is survived by his wife Lupe Ann Kaniatobe, children; Jocelyn Kaniatobe, Mel Kaniatobe, Karen Ann Kaniatobe, and Amanda Kaniatobe, his grandchildren; Esperanza Marie Moreno, Ramona Elese Valentin-Kaniatobe, Holly Sage Moreno-Kaniatobe, Joseph Isaiah Kaniatobe, Jasmine Monet Guerrero, Francisco Juan Kaniatobe, Jason Junior Kaniatobe, Christina Antonette Guerrero and his great grandchild Miguel Moreno-Kaniatobe. He is also survived by his brother; James Kaniatobe, sisters Clara and Ann Kaniatobe all of Oklahoma.