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.
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.
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!
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
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.
My sympathy to your family. I have thought of you often with fondness. Mel was a wonderful teacher and role model. (Homer High School, 1964)
Sorry to hear of the loss of a Homer High favorite...prayers for your family
My sympathy to Mel's family from Jan Keller class of '64. I think of Mr. Root often because of so much I learned from him in high school not only as Principal and teacher but just in interacting with him. He influenced my life for the positive and gave me courage to try different things. My greatest respect for him. God bless you all!
Our sympathy to the Mel Root family~from Judy McCoy-Lindauer, Class of 1964, Homer High School, Homer, IL and Mark Lindauer, Class of 1968 Buckley-Loda, IL via Rantoul High School, Rantoul, IL. Mel Root was a wonderful person, teacher, coach and administrator. I found it interesting that later in life I married a young man who also had Mel Root as his teacher, coach and administrator when they were both at Rantoul High School. It truly is a small world. God's blessings to all of you.
RON, & LADONNA GRISWELL BANGE, FORMER STUDENTS AT HOMER HIGH SCHOOL, HOMER IL. 1960
Dear Jan And Family, Our hearts and prayers are with you. We are so happy to have reunited with your family this past year. Mr. Root touched all of us at Homer High. God Bless.
The class of l962 would like the family to know how very much we loved Mr Root...He was our favorite....We all feel his passing...Just know he was a great man..Made Homer High School proud..We all have fond memories of a beloved man....Blessings from each of us.. the class of l962..Those were the "good ole days" he will never be forgotten...Blessing to each of you...Our love always....
My sympathy to the Root family. Mr & Mrs Root were two of my teachers at Homer High School, Homer IL. Memories range from the laughter of watching him get locked on the gym balcony at lunch and him checking a locker that dumped empty milk cartons at the end of the school year to seeing the touching comfort he gave his wife when we all learned of the death of JFK. Mel Root also gave me more useful education than either of us realized at the time when he had me help in the school office instead of idling in study halls. The photo in this Guest Book of the two of them shows him standing in a very familiar pose. We all saw it often at ballgames, in hallways, and in classrooms. He was a very special and good-hearted person.
God is truly lucky to have such a fine man with him now. We will miss him greatly here on earth
Mel Root was one of the best Principals I served under in Mountainair. He was compassionate, firm, fair, and consistent. I have many fond memories of the time we worked together. I am saddend by his passing.
Mel was a good friend for 50 years - we will miss him!
Pat and Bill Furst
I will always remember Mel walking across the lawn at WLC with a smile on his face and love in his heart. We'll miss you, Mel. Doc
Truly one of the best teachers, coaches, "fathers" I've ever had. He was a great person who will be missed by many!
Jan & family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We have very fond memories of you and Mel at the camp for our AFS orientations. With our condolences, Kathie & Henry Dodd
My sympathy goes out to the Root family Mr Root was one of my favorite educators growing up. I wish only the best for the family. God bless this family in their time of sorrow.
My condolences to your family. I knew Mel from the 2 years I worked at Espanola Middle School. He was great-always even tempered, kind and ha had a great sense of humor. Mel invited the staff to the camp in the mountains and I went 2 years in a row. We had a great time. I will always remember him! He was a positive force in education, thank you, and he had some good stories too!
On behalf of the Gibson family, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the Root family. We were saddened to learn of Mel's passing. Mel was a exemplar football player while at NMHU. He always did what was expected and much, much more. He was definitely a gentleman and a scholar. He will remain forever in our hearts. Rest in Peace.
I am so very sorry about the loss of your father. My prayers are with you and your Family.
Mary Kay, So sorry for your loss, but we know that this is not the end and praise God you will see him again.
Jan our hearts and prayers are with you and the kids.
My Condolences to the Root Family. I was Blessed to Meet Them. When I Got the chance to go to Western Life Camp. May God Bless The Root Family. Know that you will be in my Prayers.And That Mel Will Be Missed.
We were so sorry to hear about losing a good frend. We had some fun undergraduate days and later as supporters of NMHU
We are so sorry that we have lost a good friend. I will always remember those fun days in the mid-50s.Mel was always a great friend of NMHU
Mel's loss is not only to his local community, but to all who encountered him. He was a kind, friendly and generous man. Jan, Mary Kay and Michael, we got to know you all through the AFS retreats at Western Life Camp. I will always remember Mel's patient smile while he taught students from Singapore, Ghana, Argentina and Italy how to throw an American football. The kids loved him, and he returned that love to each one. He was a wonderful teacher, mentor and friend to all those foreign students for the few days they shared his world, giving them a view of the best American has to offer. Tarmo & Kay Sutt, Santa Fe
Very sorry to hear this news. Hearts to your family.
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of a sweet man that was the father of my good friend Mary Kay. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jan, Annette, Michael, and especially to you Mary.
Always in my thoughts!!
Mel was a great man. He was a good friend of my family. His loss will be felt throughout Las Vegas. My thoughts and prayers are with his family in their time of sorrow.
I am sorry for your loss. I'll miss Mel. He was quite a guy, and definitely not your ordinary republican.
We were so sorry to hear of Mel's passing. Jan, Annette, Mary Kay and Michael we think of all of you often. May God Bless and be with you during this time. Love, Leroy and Cathy Chavez
karmin , steve, steven and justin satterfield, we love u and are sorry for your loss
Mel was my bro-in-law and we go back to our teen age years in Lynch, Ky. He was special to his sister Betty and I and we were privileged to have him in our home a number of times. We visited him and Jan in East Lynn and Rantoul, IL but regret that we never got to visit him in NM. We played golf in Fl and MI and enjoyed each others company so very much. I write this with tears in my eyes for he was more like a brother than an in-law. I will truly miss him but will meet him again someday in that Heavenly City and we can sit down with the Lord and rehash our times together on earth. Rest in peace my brother and friend.
Mel, I never got to thank you for your positive enforce and guidance. Your teaching, live and light will be felt by many and you will be missed. I owe my many successes to you. You touched many lives and left the world a much better place. Prayers to you in Heaven and to your family. Peace.
To the Root Family:
Mel was a great influence on my life, and I am gratified by his service to the Lord Jesus. Mel was a great role model for so many folks, including youth and adults. I enjoyed ministering with Mel at the Springer boys school and that included taking the boys to Mel's Camp in the mountains.I attended many sporting events with Mel, and I really enjoyed his company. This is a big loss for Las Vegas and the State of New Mexico.
However, Mel is in Heaven now, and he did fight the good fight all the way to the end.
Also, may the Lord be with the immediate family during this grieving period. Mel was a legend.
Mel, Thank you for always being a positive influence with HU.
You were always available when it came to moving the university forward. RIP!
Thank you Mel for your untiring dedication to the "H" club, NMHU, and the community of Las Vegas. The Cowboy nation will truly miss you.
It was my pleasure to know Mel. He was one of the good guys.
Rest in peace dear friend. I have had the honor to know Mel for the past many years. He was a class act. I will miss him and his "bamboo putter."