Melanie H. Platt

May 10th, 1969January 2nd, 2018

Melanie Howard Platt was born Melanie Dianne Howard on May 10, 1969 in Lutheran Hospital, Wheatridge, Colorado. She was youngest of three children born to Waldo Woodrow and Florence Elaine Howard. Melanie’s home upon leaving the hospital in her Mother’s arms was the Howard family home – a brick house on a hill in Arvada, CO. Melanie went to Swanson Elementary School, North Arvada Junior High, and Arvada High School. She had many friends, including several childhood friends that she remained close to until cancer ultimately took her life on January 2, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Jim Platt; sisters Ann Dighans and Dorothy Winchell, and brothers Tim and Jerry Howard. Melanie was captain of the tennis team and an excellent student. She graduated from high school in May, 1987. After high school, Melanie attended Colorado State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics. After college, Melanie began her career working with crop hail damage claims in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She decided to move back to Colorado in 1993 and continued working in insurance. She ended her career in 2017 after almost 20 years with Haddock Insurance in Lafayette, CO. She became Melanie Howard Platt on September 17, 1994, when she married James Platt, the man who would be by her side when she went home to Heaven. Melanie was loving, forgiving, generous, and strong. She was a member of the Prayer Team at Flatirons Church in Lafayette, CO - praying with the troubled and hurting, even as the cancer was taking over her body. She had volunteered to teach adults English, helping them find work and earn a living. She donated regularly to charities of her choice, was highly respected by the many people whose lives she helped rebuild as an independent insurance agent. Melanie always loved horses and loved to ride. Prior to her death, she gave her horse “Buddy” to a close friend with a small ranch in Idaho. Melanie loved dogs and trained several she competed with in dog agility competitions. She was an excellent shot with shotgun, rifle, and pistol, and was strongly conservative - fully understanding the value of freedom and the nature of government tyranny. Melanie was deeply loved and respected by many who knew her best. We will mourn her leaving this earth, and will miss her, but by the grace of our Lord, she is now home in Heaven. It was Melanie's wish that memorial contributions in her name be made to Sozo International online at or by check to Atten: donations sozo international, PO Box 310, Lafayette, CO 80026, or to the Humane Society, or to the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, 11968 Mineral Road, Longmont, CO 80504.


A celebration of Melanie's life will be held on Wednesday, January 10, at 10:00 AM, at the Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette.








We are so sorry to see this beautiful smiling face leave us so soon~~as we used Haddock Ins. for many years & was greeted by her ever smile & pleasant greeting as stepped into Haddock office at both offices in Louisville. I know God will have a "special" place for her! Carl & Sharon Babb
I knew Melanie via her kind and welcoming voice on the telephone. She helped me with my insurance needs for many years mostly via the telephone. She will be missed by many.
Rest in peace Melanie! You and Jim will be in our thoughts and prayers.~ Don and Cyndi Lineen
To my cousin Jim and Melanie's family, I am so sorry for your loss. She was far too young. My family will be praying for you. Christi, Jimmy, Danny and Natalie Rippy
I am so sorry that Melanie has passed on. I'll miss seeing her as we walked our dogs around the neighborhood. She was one of the nicest people on this earth! Jan Toniazzo
When I first started doing dog agility, Melanie was usually at the trials. She was always helpful, friendly, and generally a joy to be around! I so appreciated her smile and her attitude that was always "up." She will be missed here on earth but I know the angels are rejoicing in heaven that she is now in her "forever home."
I have only known Melanie a short time but every time I would meet her she always had a smile on her face and an uplifting attitude. She had tremendous strength. She will be missed.
Mel, You were the sweetest and cutest baby and little girl. I am sorry I didn't have the opportunity to know you as an adult. Tracey
I am so sorry for your loss. Mel was truly one of the kindest, and smartest people I’ve ever met. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Beth York
I met Melanie years ago in dog agility classes and liked her immediately. She was always kind, caring and available to others and her dogs. It was always a delight for me to run in to her after that. Though we did not know each other well, it always felt like we were old friends. What a blessing to have known her. My prayers are with Jim, her family & close friends. Sandra Stuerke
What a blessing Melanie has been in my life. I have so many wonderful memories of her through childhood and on into adulthood I could practically write a book about them all! She was a great shining light and I feel her loss most profoundly. I'm sure I will never have another friend that will ever be to me what Melanie was. Her family has always felt like my own family and I thank you all for letting me be part of your lives. ~Lynette
Oh I just saw that Melanie passed away! I am so so sorry! She was adorable and kind and I am so sad in hearing this news. She is in Jesus' Embrace ~ and in my prayers!
I was so shocked and sad to learn today of Melanie's death. She was a kind and knowledgeable ins. agent and I'm very sorry to learn of her passing. My condolences to her family.
Mel and I grew close on the prayer team over a couple years. Then, even when I was not living a godly life as a Christian, she made sure to be available to me for walk-talks. When I finally came to the end of my alcohol and drug addiction, she set her plans aside and drove me from detox in boulder, to my house in erie for clothing/toiletries/Bible then to drug/alcohol rehab in COLORADO SPRINGS. She always made me feel welcomed, at ease, not judged. I had the privilege of growing even closer to Mel during my first 18 months of being totally clean and sober. I got to tell her how grateful I am that she stood beside me through the toughest part of my life. Thank you, Mel for being such an incredible example of Jesus' kiddo.