Clifford Mehl

Aug. 26, 1938-Jan. 19, 2020

Clifford (Cliff) Mehl,

longtime resident of North

Highlands passed away

peacefully on January 19,

2020 in Elk Grove, Cali-

fornia surrounded by his

loving family. Cliff was

born in Kief, North Dakota

to William and Louise

Mehl on August 26, 1938.

He joined the Army, was

stationed in Germany and

used any available free

time to travel around Eu-

rope. After being honor-

ably discharged, he

moved to Minot, North

Dakota where he met the

love of his life, Caroline

Olson. It was love at first

sight and the two were en-

gaged after two months

and got married on June

2, 1963 at Bethlehem

Lutheran Church Rural

New Town, North Dakota.

The Mehl’s moved to

California in 1968 where

Cliff started his own busi-

ness, Foothill Appliance

and worked as an appli-

ance specialist for 35

years. He loved his chil-

dren and got actively in-

volved in North High-

lands Little League, North

Highlands Park and Rec,

and Highlands High

School Booster Club to

support them and all chil-

dren. He was warm, kind,

generous, accepting of

everyone, and a treasure

to his family, friends, and

community. He coached

baseball, basketball, soft-

ball, and mentored and

supported the youth of

North Highlands com-

munity. He treated every

kid like his own, this in-

cluded letting kids,

parents, and teachers

know that he had high ex-

pectations for every kid

and encouraged them to

take each and every op-

portunity to live life to the

fullest. He was a devoted

supporter of his two chil-

dren, and then later his

grandkids in their school-

ing, activities, and events.

Cliff is preceded in

death by his brothers: Ru-

ben Mehl, Helmer Mehl,

Albert Mehl, Fred Mehl,

Sam Mehl and his sisters:

Irene Knodel, Susan Hen-

nessy, and Jean Moffatt.

He is survived by his

beloved wife of 56 years

Caroline Mehl and two

children: his son Steve

Mehl and his wife

Michele, daughter Jodi

Vega and her husband

Phillip, and three

grandchildren: Kylie

Vega, MacKenzie Vega,

and Jack Mehl. Brother:

Robert Mehl and many

nieces and nephews.

Should friends and

family desire, contribu-

tions may be sent to the

Living Donor Liver Tran-

splant Clinic at UCSF

Department of Surgery

350 Parnassus Ave. San

Francisco, 94143. The

family of Cliff Mehl

wishes to extend our sin-

cere thanks to Dr. Hoki

Min at Kaiser Permanente,

Dr. Nancy Ascher and Dr.

John Roberts at UCSF,

and his ICU Nurse Aaron

at Kaiser South. Memorial

services will be held 2:00

pm Saturday, February

29, 2020 at 9270 Bruce-

ville Road, Elk Grove,

95758 with Pastor Reed of

Light of the Valley Luth-

eran Church, officiating.

Celebration of Life ser-

vices will follow.