Michael Ricardo Melton passed over the early morning of August 13, 2013 in Sacramento, CA after succumbing to illness. He was 58 years old.
Born in Oakland, California to Idella Maria Melton and John Melton, Jr., he was the first child born to that union. After graduating Berkeley High School where he excelled academically, socially and in sports, he joined the military and served in the United States Air Forces. He then obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Sacramento State University where he made the Dean's List.
After beginning a family with Vanessa Harvey Melton, the young couple became active members at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. Melton graduated from American Baptist Seminary in Sacramento, CA first in his class and accepted the role of Associate Minister at Trinity.
A youth advocate, Melton obtained teaching credentials at California State University East Bay and had nearly completed a Masters in Education Program with intentions of pursuing teaching as a profession. He became a Tutor within the Education Department while pursuing his degree. "Ricardo" coached softball teams, enjoyed spirited conversation and enjoyed helping others.
A devoted friend and mentor with a great sense of humor, he held the distinction of being part of the first crop of Berkeley residents to integrate the Berkeley Unified School District. An entrepreneur, he operated a successful carpet company in Washington State for ten years.
He is survived by one son Michael Ricardo Melton, Jr., one daughter, Faith Melton, granddaughters Laiyah Chere Morganstein, Mc Kayla Melton, grandson Trevohn Melton; sisters Robin Lynne Garry [Sultannah Muhammad] of Oakland, CA, Tiffany Kapri Ellison [Melton] of Los Angeles, CA, Gabrielle Lenore Williams [Wilson] of Oakland, CA, brother, Cassius Scott Wilson of Berkeley, CA ; Zenora, Cynthia, Cassandra, Kimberly, Jacqueline Joyce, John Claude and Shelly Melton; cousins Darolyn Denise Davis and Steven Davis, Miranda Wilson, D. Mark Wilson and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral Services will be held in Berkeley, CA at McGee Avenue Baptist Church, 1640 Stuart Street, Monday, August 26 at 11 a.m.