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.



    • Sarah, I just heard about this moments ago. My dad, (Jim Alderson), sent me an email with the news. I didnt know your Dad well at all, in fact, most I really knew was what I heard about from your grandparents, my aunt Jessie, and uncle Hiter. I hope things you are finding peace during this difficult time.
      Tracy Alderson

  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.

  12. Dear Sarah Elizabeth
    I knew your Dad years ago and graduated with him from Marshall High School, Huntington, WV May 1960. He was the lead in our class – one we looked up to for advice and friendship. I am so sorry to hear of his death I feel a piece of me has died. I heard he had some difficulties he had to bear but lost contact with him about 20 years ago. I really cared about him. My deepest condolences are with you.

  13. What a wonderful guy Tom must have been to have for a Dad. He was certainly great to have for a Beta brother!
    In his senior year, Tom was President of the Gamma Rho Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Duke which was no easy task. The chapter was on “double secret probation” for lousy grades and hadn’t paid it’s dues or fees. But Tom led us out of the hole. I was one of the Freshmen brought in to “save” the chapter by raising the overall grade point average. Although we didn’t do anything to help, we did thoroughly enjoy and benefit from Tom’s great sense of humor and which he honed in competition with his beloved fraternity brothers. And of course Tom was also the leader at the Jungle Party. And when funds were low, to keep our spirits up, he brought in the “Thirteen Screaming Clowns” for $50 bucks and a pint of Old Crow. What a leader! We miss you Melts! And wherever we are, we’ll all Pass the Loving Cup Around and have one for you. Farewell in -kai- Rod MacLeod #527

  14. Sarah: My condolences on your Dad’s passing. May he Rest In Peace. Tom and I were under-graduates and law school classmates at Duke. He and I were fraternity brothers and Tom was president of our fraternity (Beta Theta Pi) our senior year. We roomed together all 3 years in law school. He was a tremendous friend and a unique personality. Several of his close college and law school friends live here in Washington, D.C. and they will be saddened by the news of his passing. If you are ever passing through D. C. Please give me a call. 202-841-0922.

  15. Sarah
    Our condolences on the loss of your father. May you find comfort in your memories of him. Please know that we are thinking of you at this time of loss.
    Much love,
    Shelley Cohen

  16. 10/14/19

    I’m so sorry to have just learned of your father’s passing. We were married briefly in the early 70’s and were not in touch after our divorce. It was a long time ago but I have mostly fond memories of him. He made me laugh, introduced me to good food and a love of antiques and wood and all things authentic. He looked at everything with a wry sense of humor and when hired at his first law position threw himself against the wall, arms outstretched like he was being frisked and announced that he “worked for quick quack, quick quack, quick quack and fleece”! Tom was generous when we divorced and gave me the house. I’m still grateful.

    I believe you and I met briefly once in a clothing store and I hope I was friendly. I’m sure he was delighted to have you in his life and very proud of you.

    Best wishes to you and your mother. Please accept my sincere condolences.

    Donna Smitherman Melton Ellis


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