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February 13, 1936 - February 13, 2023
It is with heavy hearts that we share the peaceful passing of David "Moke" Melenka on Monday, February 13th - his 87th birthday.He was born in Trail and spent his entire life in the woods before retiring from Crestbrook Forest Industries in Cranbrook in 1996.
There is not a hillside in the East or West Kootenay he has not walked and the stories of his adventures in these mountains are legendary. His connection to the land and the outdoors lives on through his son, while his gift of storytelling lives on through his daughter. He was known for his strength, integrity, and tireless work ethic.
His smile filled the room and he loved having friends and family together.Moke leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Kathleen; their children Loree (Paul), son Jim, grandchildren Ryder, Dagen, Jessi and Jake; his brother Ed (Denise); and, Shawn Melenka (Bob).
He was predeceased by his parents, and siblings Sadie and Roy.The family extends heartfelt gratitude to Phyllis and John of Comfort Care Home for taking such good care of him; Brian Clifford for taking him out on so many adventures; and, to all of his friends for their compassion and support.He touched so many people throughout his life and his family would love to gather stories and memories.
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Mark Memorial Community Funeral Home

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