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Melvin Clayton "Mel" Root 1934 - 2013

Melvin Clayton "Mel" Root

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December 11, 2013
My mother babysat the Root kids when Coach Root was at Homer, so I saw him almost every schoolday. My late father, Wes Tyler, said to ask "Coach" if I had questions about football. 1977 he welcomed me into his house in NM for a week and helped me get some coaching interviews there. My mother Patty and I were sad to hear of his passing and send condolences to the family.
August 15, 2013
Dear Jan and Family,I just found out about "Coach Root" I feel the hard ship that you must be going through. I loved Coach Root like a father and we spent many wonderful times together, when he helped me coach football at EVHS, all my prayers go out to you Jan and the family.
April 28, 2013
The Homer (IL) High School Class of 1963 extends our deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Mel Root. He was far more than "just" a history teacher, a driver's education teacher, a coach, a principal; he was an individual that truly cared for every student at HHS and was respected by each student and faculty member! And we are proud to say he was a part of our lives and we hope we have "done him proud" with our lives! How blessed we were to have him at HHS! May God Bless your family with peace and a lifetime of fond memories of your husband, father, grandpa and friend!
April 18, 2013
Mel was not only a great influence on all those he "took under his wing," but he was also my friend, as well as a friend to my family, when he and Jan lived next door to us in Homer, Il. I have many special memories from that time. He was a special man to all those who knew and loved him. I think the memories of the students and people of Homer were always dear to his heart. I'll never forget his trademark red socks that he wore for all the Homer football games. Rest in Peace, Mel. You will be dearly missed. Paula Ellis Keyser, Homer High School Class of 1964
April 17, 2013
Mel took me under his wing when I first came to NMHU and for that I will be eternally grateful. A nice, friendly man who always strove to do the right thing. He was one of my most influential role models. I hope to honor his memory as best I can by trying to be as good as he was.

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