Howard Thomas Melton

January 13, 1988 – February 18, 2018


His was an admirable life. He was a confident man, a loyal husband, a devoted son, a loving brother and truly the brightest light in every room he entered. He touched the lives of innumerable people with his brilliant smile and quick wit. His hugs, or bro-grabs as he called them, in lieu of handshakes made him an instant intimate with everyone he met. His love for animals was boundless and the world is a richer place for having been graced with his presence.

Howard Thomas Melton passed away on February 18, 2018 at the age of 30. Born in Oklahoma City on January 13, 1988 Howard moved to Colorado when he was 2 months old and grew up in Arvada. He graduated from Arvada West High School in 2006 and it was there where he met his wife Stephanie. Howard and Stephanie married on April 8, 2017 on their fifth anniversary. Howard worked as an Animal Care Technician at the University of Colorado-Boulder where he was known for his extraordinary compassion as well as his special fondness for the voles that were under his care.

He is survived by: His wife Stephanie, his mother and stepfather Carol and Dennis Jones, in-laws Jack and Teresa Bajorek, siblings: Billy Melton and Gina Melton and his “bro/cuz” Corey Jones. He is also survived by his fur babies: Sweet Pea, Duke, Leonard and Giuseppe. He was preceded in death by his father William Melton Sr.

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