Melvin Frugia

Mel arrived on the scene at Sour Lake, Texas, a small town northwest of Beaumont near the Gulf Coast. Mel's father worked in west Texas and wherever the latest oil field was during the oil boom years of the late '20s and '30s. Eventually he moved to Talco, Texas, a small community near the Arkansas and Louisiana borders.

At seventeen, Mel enlisted in the Navy and served four years as a radioman, mostly in the South Pacific. After attending the Southwestern Baptist Seminary, he and his wife Mary moved to Arizona in 1957 where Mel served as a mission pastor of several churches.

After retiring from the ministry, Mel began his career as a high school and community college teacher in 1967.

After they retired, they moved to Mesa and began to attend the Valley UU Church in Chandler in 1972.