David Wayne Melton

January 15, 1941February 16, 2021

David Wayne Melton, 80, of Kenner, LA passed away peacefully after a two year battle with cancer on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:13PM. Beloved husband of Melanie Ann Melton of 43 years. Loving father of Pamela McLaurin-Lee (Rich) of Slidell, LA, Kimberly Walton (Rick) of Rockwall, TX, Andrea Edge (Steve) of Conway, SC, and Adam Schmidt (Laurie) of Metairie, LA. Devoted grandfather of Brian, Nicholas, Jared, Michael, Brynn, AJ and Ethan. Brother of Patricia Melton, Janet Melton-Godwin, and Pamela Melton, he is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and family members. Dave is preceded in death by his mother, Erma Del Berry Whitehead, his father, Cecil “Pat” Melton, brother Jerry Don Melton, and his sister and brother-in-law, Glenda Ann Brown and Milburn Brown. Dave served his country in the US Navy, spending four years on the USS Rochester CA-124 and USS Bennington CV-20 until he was honorably discharged on November 22, 1963. After his time in the military Dave went on to spend his working years in finance, working for companies such as Western Union, CityCorp, American Express, First Data, and Pocket Pass. He was a man of dignity who was always himself, he knew who he was! Dave had a strong work ethic, he never held a grudge, and was a man who understood the meaning of unconditional love. He loved his children, grandchildren, and his dog Baxter. Once meeting Dave, you never forgot him. His sense of humor was golden. He loved to travel and his game of choice was gaming. He loved and adored his doctor, Dr. Monty Glorioso, and he also enjoyed phone conversations with his friends and family. Dave didn’t like to walk, other than walking through life, making people laugh. He was a great man, father, husband, friend, colleague, and now a great angel. He has entered a new city and a new life. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral Mass celebrating Dave’s life on Friday, February 26, 2021 at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie, LA, at 11:30 AM. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM. Burial to follow at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell, LA. To share condolences and memories with the family please visit


  • Visitation

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, February 26, 2021



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Deena Roberts

February 26, 2021

I’m am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers and I hope your memories and love help you through this difficult time.
I worked with Dave “Gator” for many years. He was always a bright spot for sure. He will be missed by many and he was loved by many.

Pamela Melton

February 26, 2021

The world was a more beautiful place with my brother David Melton in it he was greatly loved and gave so much back rest in peace dear brother.

Fran Meyer

February 24, 2021

I was so sorry to learn about Gator's passing. He was a great guy who was loved by all and will be missed by many. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to Melanie and his entire family.

Gary & Pam Harmon

February 22, 2021

Our hearts are sad to here about the passing of our friend and shipmate we will miss him very much.

Dennis Nielsen

February 22, 2021

So sorry to hear about the loss of my old shipmate David. He was a great guy with a good sense of humor . May he now rest in peace.

Charlene Theis

February 21, 2021

My heart goes out to my family. I will miss the conversations we had. Especially, about sports. You loved your New Orleans Saints! I think we both thought each other's team was second best, lol. So, we still always managed to cheer each other on. It was evident of your love for your family and your little dog, Baxter. You always were loving and thoughtful to me, Uncle David, and your laugh was absolutely precious and classic. You are loved and will be greatly missed. Heaven has gained an angel. 🙏

Gregory Excell

February 21, 2021

The Gator was my friend & colleague and his sense of humor and smile will be sorely missed in this world. His pain is now gone and he resides in a better place to watch over his family and friends. God Bless and safe travels 🙏❤️

Ginger Nahas

February 20, 2021

Pam, I am so sorry for the loss of your Daddy. He is your guardian angel now watching over you and your family in Heaven above until you meet again one day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time.
Ginger & George Nahas

Patricia Melton

February 20, 2021

Gone but never forgotten brother.. we love you and miss you.. 💔❤️.. you are pain free and whole again. Prayers for your children grandchildren and Melanie..

Sister.. Patricia Melton