BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) _ Melvin Love, who incorporated Bellevue in 1953 and later became its first full-time mayor, died Sunday after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 73.

Love spent $15 of his own money to pay the fee for filing the incorporation papers of Bellevue, now Washington's fourth largest city.

After setting up law offices in 1956, he became Bellevue's justice of the peace and Municipal Court judge three years later. In 1963, he was named a District Court judge.