Leilani Melvin

Leilani ("Lani") Marie Melvin passed away on Thursday afternoon March 20th at 4:00 PM. Her passing was sudden and a terrible shock to her family, friends and all who knew her. She was born in Van Dyke, Michigan to Frank and Esther Delforge on May 14, 1943 as the fifth of six children. At the age of two, the family moved back to Colorado and she lived in Louisville for the rest of her life. She was married to Jack Melvin on July 15, 1961 and together they continued to live in Louisville where they raised their three children. Lani graduated from Louisville High School as part of the class of 1961 and after her marriage to Jack, was a "homemaker" until 1984 when she began working part time for the Louisville Chamber of Commerce and did so until his untimely death in January, 1987. After Jack's death, Lani accepted a full time position at the Chamber where she continued to work for the next 27 years until her death on Thursday March 20th, 2014. She dedicated her life to her family, friends and the City of Louisville. She is survived by her son Scott Melvin and daughter-in-law Julie Parsons of Berthoud, Colorado, her son Chris Melvin and daughter-in-law Krissy of Louisville, her daughter Ginger Fielder and son-in-law Greg, her grandsons Tyler and Troy Fielder of Broomfield, a grandson Jack Melvin and his fiancé, Tryee and a great granddaughter, Ashla of Lewiston, Montana, a granddaughter, Allison of Billings, Montana, a brother Clifford Delforge and sister-in-law Sharon of Northglenn, her brother Roger Delforge of Louisville, her sister Barbara Shaklee and brother-in-law Dale of Louisville, her sister Adrienne (Ady) Kupfner of Broomfield, her sister-in-law, Memory Delforge of Louisville and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her husband Jack Melvin, her brother Donald Delforge, her brother-in-law Robert Kupfner and her nephew Douglas Delforge. The full gravity of her death is yet to be felt but she will be dearly missed by her family, friends and all who came to know her from her position with the Chamber. She was universally loved by everyone and the void left by her passing will never be filled. A memorial will be held in her honor on Sunday, March 30th at the Community Park in Louisville. In case of inclement weather, we will update you all through the CaringBridge website at caringbridge.org/visit/lanimelvin. Please make any donations on Lani's behalf to: Special Olympics of Colorado or the Louisville Chamber of Commerce. The money donated to the Chamber will be used to create a plaque to be placed in the City of Louisville in remembrance of Lani. More information in regards to this can also be found on the CaringBridge website. Please sign the online guest book at darrellhowemortuary.com

Funeral Home

Darrell Howe Mortuary
1701 West South Boulder Road Lafayette, CO 80026
(303) 665-5518

Published in The Daily Camera from Mar. 26 to Mar. 29, 2014