Longtime Taftian Dr. Melvin E. Johnson died Saturday in a southland area hospital. He was 57. Dr. Johnson was born September 3, 1905, in Stevensville, Montana, and came to Taft with his parents in 1917. He was a graduate of Taft Union High School and Taft College and attended the Los Angeles Chiropractic College. The well known Taftian was a member of the California Chiropractic Association and was active in the Kern County Chiropractic Society. Dr. Johnson was an enthusiastic participant in countless civic affairs, a member of the Elks Lodge and Exchange Club and served in the Coast Guard during World War II. He is survived by his widow, Shiela; a son, Richard M. Johnson; his mother, Mrs. Ora Brown and a sister, Ladine Johnson, all of Taft. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the West Side Council of the Boy Scouts of America to the Kern County Library, Taft Branch, for the Memorial Book Shelf on sports. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Chapel, followed by interment at the West Side District Cemetery, Rev. Max Greenlee of the Wilshire Crest Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles will officiate.