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Kenny Allen Melton

1979 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Kenny Allen Melton Obituary
KENNY ALLEN MELTON Kenny was born in Riverside, California on February 13, 1979. Kenny lost his battle with brain cancer on March 22, 2014 in Newport Beach, California. Kenny grew up in Riverside and graduated from Poly High School in 1997. Kenny loved the game of soccer and played throughout his life starting in AYSO and progressing to club, high school and then several adult league teams in San Diego. After high school Kenny moved to attend college first at Orange Coast College in Newport Beach and then on to San Diego State University where he earned his bachelor's degree. While attending college he worked at BJ's Restaurant, surfed at the local beaches and in Mexico, where he also practiced his Spanish and enjoyed the Latin culture. After college Kenny traveled to Vietnam, eventually making his way to Beijing China, where he took a six month teaching job. After China he took up residence in Nosara, Costa Rica, where he worked as a bartender and enjoyed the local surf. On his return to California he enrolled in a field course at Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS) in Boulder, Utah where he survived for 28 days with little more than a knife, a water bottle, a blanket, and a poncho. Kenny loved the outdoors, enjoying camping and backpacking with friends and family, and always practicing the "no trace left behind philosophy" he learned at BOSS. After BOSS he returned to San Diego, began substitute teaching by day and working at Capri Blu Restaurant at night, while attending school to earn his teaching credential in special education. Kenny touched and was loved by many people as evidenced by the outpouring of support from around the world during his battle with cancer. Soon after his diagnosis friends created a web site (www.superkenny.org) to tell his story and track his progress. Kenny is survived by his mother Meril Harrison and step father Allen Harrison of Newport Beach; his father Gary Melton and step mother Dianne Melton of Riverside; his sister Megan; brother-n-law Brent, and nephew Andrew Duque, all of Newport Beach, his brother Greg Melton of San Diego; his grandmothers Helen Hardy Melton and Marge Souder, both of Riverside and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, as well as many dear friends. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, April 1st at 1pm, Balboa Pavilion/Harborside Ballroom, 400 Main St., Newport Beach, Ca 92661 **Valet Parking available and recommended. Additional self-parking also in Lot A located at 50 Main St. NB, Ca. In lieu of flowers the family encourages donations on Kenny's behalf to the National Parks Foundation (www.nationalparks.org) or Kenny Can Foundation for brain cancer research (http://kennycan.org)

Published in Press-Enterprise from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2014
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