October 14, 1942 ~ September 3, 2019

Born in: Huntington , WV
Resided in: Denver , CO

Thomas H. Melton, local Denver attorney, passed away peacefully in Denver, Colorado on September 3, 2019 at the age of 76.

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  1. It is extremely difficult to put in words how I feel right now. Tom was such a big, daily part of my life for the last 4 years and I miss him terribly and am a bit lost without him at this point.
    He was more than someone I took care of, he was a mentor, friend, confidant and became family to my son and I.
    I will forever cherish all of the memories we made over the few years we spent together, never forget all he taught me and miss our long conversations and discussions!

  2. Tom was a long time friend..We fought the wars together as attorneys in
    our separate practices in Denver..We started as neighbors in East Denver and
    often rode the RTD local shuttle downtown to our offices..Tom always maintained
    his West Virginia twang when telling stories, which he never stopped doing..Tom
    was always quick with a quip..His sense of humor was his most endearing quality..
    Tom had his demons, but also the courage to share his struggles with a friend..
    He was truly unique..I was very fortunate to have known him..

  3. Tom was a neighbor who became a good friend. I will miss our long conversations about politics, the southeast, history, law, family & the economy. What an amazing mind Tom had. From a fellow Duke grad, Rest In Peace Tom Melton.

    • Sarah, I’m so sorry for your loss! I cherish the memories of us growing up next door to you, your mom and of course your dad. I know how hard you strive to maintain relationships with your family amongst all your incredible endeavors and how much your dad meant to you. You even became a lawyer in his footsteps and have helped manage his affairs over the years – no easy feat based on what I remember 🙂

      To Sarah, Miss Daniels and other family; I wish you the sincerest condolences from me, our family and our extended Franklin Street family.



  4. I never met Tom, but his daughter has become one of my dearest and most treasured friends. I know they shared a love of law and a passion for social justice. It seems she inherited his quick wit and humor too. Tom, thank you for sharing your gifts with the world and passing them on to your daughter. Peace and love to your family.

  5. Tom (or Mr. Melton) and I had an interesting relationship, to say the least. I was married to his daughter, a woman I still love very much though we are divorced. I met Tom and asked his permission to propose to Sarah. He said it’s not up to him, but also that he did not approve. Tom was not interested in being a part of some cutesy enterprise where I ceremonially ask him for permission to marry his daughter. Though frustrating at the time, I’ve come to respect his sentiment in the years since. He formed opinions for himself – a quality that’s becoming too rare. I am happy to hear that he went peacefully.

  6. His daughter has been my cherished friend for years (since we both moved to Portland, OR for school in 2005), and I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Melton when he ventured to Oregon to visit Sarah. Back then, he struck me as a real character, one that I probably could’ve had some very badly behaved good times with had the occasion presented! I wish him the deepest restfulness and peace for he and his family.

  7. We send condolences to the family and friends of Tom. He was a friend and fellow attorney. I last saw him relaxing in his car at Cranmer Park enjoying an ample supply of tonic and what may have been gin or vodka; the car was well appointed, possibly with some furniture. We traded some war stories and had a nice visit. RIP.

  8. I knew Tom through his daughter Sarah. As a father to a young daughter myself, I know that the warmth, love, caring and brilliance that Sarah demonstrates is steeped in the relationship that she had with her dad. I know that Tom will be missed and that he will live on through Sarah as she continues to make a positive impact on everyone she touches.

  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_qAKCsenhA&feature=share

    This was one of my dad’s favorite songs, by Leftover Salmon: “When I grow up, I want to work at Alfalfa’s”. Almost every weekend, he would take me and my best friend to Alfalfa’s Market in Cherry Creek for smoothies, sorbet, and cookies. Not much of cook, he’d grab everything tasty from the meat department, like stuffed chicken and kebobs, and spend all weekend grilling for us and singing along to that ridiculous music. Thank you, Dad.

    • Sarah and i grew up together and she is one of my oldest friends. I remember Tom was always very inquisitive and would take the time to talk to me about my life and interests even as a kid in elementary school. He would take us on fun outings driving and introduce is to classical music and tastey treats.
      Sending my best to you Sarah and keeping you in my thoughts!

  10. The Daniel family sends their love to Sarah Melton. We all know the depth of your sorrow at the lose of your Father. May the coming months bring you peace and healing.

  11. I did not know Tom well but I knew him for a long time. He was the father of my beloved niece, Sarah, and he and my sister, Beth, got married on the University of North Carolina campus, in Chapel Hill, just down the road a bit from that other university, Duke. The reception was in Chapel Hill at my home, a funky little work-in-progress log cabin in the woods. He and his (rather conservative) parents were gracious enough to put up with a highly unconventional reception venue and Tom was a genial and fun host. Over the years I saw Tom less frequently on visits to Denver but hated to see his decline in his later years. I wish things could have ended on a happier note for him but I am sure he was always his own person in this life – and probably the next. Rest In Peace, Tom.

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