Larry Paul Melnick, son of Arthur and Eva (Stellor) Melnick, was born in Denver, Colorado, March 26, 1931. Husband to Deborah, brother to Sandy Melnick, and father to Robert (deceased), Richard, Jeffrey, David, and Rebekah. He was a grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of 2. Larry lived a long and full life. Larry graduated from East High School in Denver and attended University of Colorado in Boulder. His college education was interrupted by the Korean War when he left to join the Navy. He was stationed throughout the Pacific theatre, and Japan, on special assignment doing inventories on World War II equipment left in that region. Returning home after the Korean War, he worked in the industrial banking industry. During that time he had the opportunity to finance a Rolling Stones rock & roll concert. After that experience, he spent the next 25 years working in the entertainment industry as primarily a concert promoter in the Denver region and many other areas throughout the country. He had many highlights in his career including earning a platinum record for producing the music video, "Under a Blood Red Sky" (U-2) in Red Rocks. Larry was a treasure of interesting stories and anecdotes. He was a mentor to many, had a deep love of family and friends, was genuinely interested in everyone he met and always had a kind word or joke for everyone.
Larry was an expert skier, an avid tennis player and golfer, enjoyed running marathons and biking in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. On January 27, 2022, he died at home on his ranch, in Bayfield, Colorado where he raised quarter horses with his wife Deborah of 33 years. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.
A graveside service will be held at Greenmount Cemetery in Durango at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 3, 2022 with shiva gathering at the Melnick home afterward at 4:00 p.m.
Offerings may be made in the name of the deceased to the Deborah and Larry Melnick Endowed Scholarship Fund at the College of Arts & Media at University of Colorado at Denver.