Melvin Harold Fahs

May 24th, 1946September 23rd, 2021

Melvin “Mel” Harold Fahs was born on May 24, 1946 on the heels of the Second World War.  Similar to how America as a nation emerged from that great war with a renewed appreciation for life and freedom, Mel also inherited a great enthusiasm for experiencing everything life had to offer.  Mel spent his childhood in Upstate New York with parents and three siblings.  He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, and after his military service he took his beautiful new bride, Marian, to attend the University of Minnesota where he completed his Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration.  Mel spent the next 40 years faithfully serving in small rural hospitals throughout the Midwest.  Mel dedicated himself to the hospitals and the communities where he worked and lived during this time. After retirement, Mel and Marian moved out West to Colorado to join his second son and 2 grandsons.  Mel wouldn’t ever truly retire, and he spent his twilight years driving a transport service for Via Mobility, serving in the local Flatirons Community Church, and taking family and friends on excursions in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Also in retirement, Mel rekindled his love for alpine skiing.  

Mel leaves a legacy as a kind, intentional man who always put his family’s needs and the needs of those around him before his own.  Mel had a passion for connecting with others and serving people around him.  If you had the chance to talk with Mel for very long, you’d soon learn that this passion and love for others stemmed from his own love for God.  Mel had faith and confidence in Jesus’ love for us, and he wanted to show that love to the world through his actions and words of encouragement.  

Mel spent his final hours on this earth doing something that he truly loved – he was fly fishing in a beautiful river in the same Colorado wilderness that he described as “God’s beauty and gift to His children ''.

Mel is survived by his wife, Marian.  She survives in Louisville, Colorado. Also surviving are three sons: Brandon (Nichole) Fahs, Bexley, Ohio, Christopher (Sara) Fahs, Louisville, Colorado, David (Kathryn) Fahs, Army Post in Romania; and nine grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and three siblings. 

Memorials may be made to Via Mobility Services or Flatirons Church.

Services

Memorial service is Wednesday, October 6th at 10 AM, Flatirons Church, west entrance, 355 W South Boulder Rd, Lafayette CO 80026. Live stream of service available for login at 9:45 AM: www.flatironschurch.com/memorial

Cemetery

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Location

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Church

Flatirons Community Church, Lafayette | Map

Condolences

Marian Our hearts go out to you and your extended family. I have many great memories of Mel even though it’s been so many years. My brother Larry an I played with Mel in a brass trio. We went camping, hiking, canoeing together in the Adirondacks. We both loved track. We ate way to many burgers before Sunday nite church. Praying God will bring comfort to you and your extended family during this difficult time. Bill and Heidi Kliewer
We are honored and blessed beyond words to have known Mel and to have shared a few very special times with him in years past. His presence in a room was always larger than life but yet he was such a humble, considerate, and generous man. He was a man who made us feel more fulfilled after spending time with him. His zest for life was always so inspiring to witness. But even more inspiring to witness was his love of the Lord and the love that he so generously shared with those around him. We will sorely miss his loving, kind, and warm heart as well as his infectious laugh. Our love and prayers go out to Marian, David and Kate, Chris and Sara, Brandon and Nicole, and their children today, tomorrow, and in the weeks ahead. Praying that all of you will feel the overwhelming love and peace of God at this time. Love, Bob and Chris
Marian, Mel and I spoke over the phone the Friday before his fishing trip with Dr Sam. I'm so grateful that we had this last moment together. Isn't this so Mel? Always on the ball when it came to timing and caring. I have always loved and appreciated you two. I pray for you and your family for healing every day. Mel has certainly left us all better than he found us. May God Bless you all! With Love, Gabe Pollock
MEL WAS A NEIGHBOR FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND ONE OF THE NICEST PEOPLE WE EVER MET. HE WILL BE MISSED. HOW COMFORTING TO KNOW THAT HE TRANSITIONED DOING WHAT HE LOVED BEST. Per & Eileen Hultquist
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