Verlan ‘Mac’ McMeans

Verlan “Mac” McMeans, 87, of Winthrop, passed away at his home on March 14, 2017. He was born on June 17, 1929, to Roscoe and Nellie McMeans of Weslaco, Texas. Verlan started driving truck on the family farm, hauling cattle when he was 14 years old. He graduated high school in 1948. He entered into the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 13, 1948, in Corpus Christi, Texas, and was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, where he met and fell in love with Bertie Lou Arneson. They got married on Dec. 12, 1950, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They moved to Alice, Texas, for a couple of years where he worked for Heldt Brothers Trucking operating a D-7 Caterpillar doing oil field work. He had a lot of fun in his life.

They moved back to the Methow Valley in 1954 to raise their family. He went to work for the U.S. Forest Service rebuilding and constructing Forest Service roads, where he eventually retired. Verlan loved working up in his shop, welding and fixing things for others. He enjoyed going for coffee in Twisp, visiting and telling stories for hours with valley friends and family.  He spent most of his Sundays resting, attending church and reading his bible. He will be greatly missed.

Verlan is survived by his brother Alvin McMeans (Velma), Zapata, Texas; four children, Wade McMeans (Bev), Twisp, Carolyn Ward (Jerry), Winthrop, Leslie Echelbanger (Tom), Twisp, and JoAnne Eiffert (Ross) Twisp; his granddaughter and caretaker Tara Matteson (Bart), Winthrop; grandchildren Jeremy, Tabetha, Tina, Todd, Ashley and Sami Jo; great-grandchildren Taylor, Bart Jr., Ruthann, Allen, Crystal, Carly and Jake; and his two nephews and their families.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Bertie, his parents, and a niece. The families of Verlan would like to express our sincere thanks to Frontier Home Health & Hospice and the dedicated nurses and caregivers Justin, Anita and Jennifer who gave so selflessly.