Melvin Foss

Obituary of Melvin C. Foss

Mel was born on July 8, 1939 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada and passed away on January 3, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.

Mel was preceded in death by parents Clifford and Anna, brothers Clifton, Vernon (Kay), Sisters Doris (Graham Watts), Jean (Brian Carrothers), and brothers-in-law Gerry Poole and Ted Tully.  Surviving siblings are sisters Viola and Elaine and brother Gordon (Irene).  Mel is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Shirley, son Steve (Theresa), daughter Kim (Dave), and 5 beautiful grandchildren; Isabella, Jake, and Brett Foss and Griffin and Audrey Jackson.

Mel attended Colorado State University where he met Shirley, was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, and played football for the Rams.  Mel had a lifelong love of sports which started in Canada where he played hockey as a goalie.  After college, Mel played professional football for the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League.  After an injury sidelined his football career, Mel enjoyed pitching in a fast-pitch softball league for many years.  One of Mel’s greatest joys was realized when he transitioned into coaching youth sports.  First as a coach for his own children’s teams which carried on after his children grew up.  Mel had much success as a coach of baseball, football, softball, and soccer.  Mel even had the opportunity to coach his granddaughter alongside Steve.  Mel truly loved sharing his knowledge of the game with the kids he coached.

Mel started at State Farm Insurance in 1964 as a claims adjuster.  He opened his own agency in 1974 where he happily built a loyal clientele until his retirement in 2009.

Mel was a gentle and decent man.  He was large in stature and had an even larger heart.  Mel was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, sibling and friend who will be missed unbelievably.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Mel’s name to National Jewish Hospital, 1400 Jackson St., Denver, CO 80206


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