Former Los Alamos Police Chief Loses Wife to Cancer

KELLY MELTON March 1, 1959–Jan. 21, 2013
Former Los Alamos Police Chief Richard Melton lost his wife Kelly to cancer Monday, Jan. 21. Melton served as police chief in Los Alamos from 1998 to 2004 before leaving to become police chief for the City of Napa in California. 
Kelly Melton, 53, a real life angel, left this earth on January 21, 2013. She was born March 1, 1959 in Valparaiso, Fla., to James and Betty Branton. After earning her Associate’s Degree, she married Richard Melton on September 5, 1981.
Although she worked in banking for 20 plus years, her passion in life was being a “homemaker on steroids.” Her family was the center of her life as she and Rich raised their three children.
She took great pride in her gourmet cooking and maintaining a beautiful yard so she could entertain family and friends.

Kelly was active in the Napa Community serving on the Napa Valley Soccer Club and was a former president of the New Tech Parent Club. She believed in the importance of good education and students getting the opportunity to attend college. It was at New Tech High where she focused her generosity, her wit, and her energy to encourage both staff and students to pursue excellence.

Kelly loved to travel and to her, a stranger was just someone she had not yet met.

She will be missed greatly by her family, friends and the Napa community.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Richard Melton; sons, Taylor and Garren Melton; sisters, Jillian Parks and Kathy Crivello; brother, Keenan Branton; nephew, Joseph Rudolph and niece, Jessica Rudolph.

A service to honor her life will be held on Saturday, January 26 at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church, 2659 First St., in Napa. In lieu of flowers, the Melton family is requesting that memorial donations in honor of Kelly be made to Napa New Tech High.

Donations can be made online at or checks can be mailed to: FONT (Friends of New Tech), Kelly Melton Memorial Fund, 920 Yount Street, Napa, CA 94559. Memories and words of sympathy may be shared with the family on-line at
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