Willson High Class of 1962
Melvin Dummar, 1944-2018, the "Mormon Will " guy who claimed
Howard Hughes had left him $156 Million. Mel was born
in Iowa, and died in Pahrump, NC Sunday December 9 2018
(cancer). Melvin was the subject of the movie Melvin
and Howard and several books (both supporting and denying
his story.) When I last talked to him, about 10 years
ago, he told me that he did not miss the money and is living
a very happy life.
Melvin Dummar, a gas
station owner in Willard, Utah, in 1976 after he contended
that he had received a copy of Howard Hughes’s will granting
him one-sixteenth of the Hughes fortune.
United Press International
Katharine Q. Seelye
On a long drive
through the Nevada desert one night in 1967, Melvin
Dummar spotted a scruffy man lying by the side of the
road. He picked him up and drove him to Las Vegas.
During the ride, he said, the man told him he was Howard
might have been forgotten except for what happened nine
years later, when Mr. Hughes, one of the richest men in
Mr. Dummar claimed to have received a copy of his
handwritten will and, lo and behold, it said that Mr.
Hughes had left him one-sixteenth of his estate, an
estimated $156 million.
revelation catapulted Mr. Dummar, at that point the
owner of a gas station in Willard, Utah, to the center
of a media circus. He was even the subject of a
monologue by Johnny Carson
on his late-night talk show. (Mr. Carson remarked that
people all over the country would probably start picking
Mr. Hughes died
with no surviving immediate family and, according to his
extended family, no will — which was why the document
produced by Mr. Dummar, loaded with misspellings and
incorrect information (unusual for the meticulous Mr.
Hughes), caused such a sensation.