Melvin Elling Larson

Our Pops, Bumpa, Monie, Mel left this earth to entertain the angels along with the likes of Marvin, Jackie and Frank. A kind and gentle spirit with a knack for good humor and song, Mel loved his family most of all. He leaves behind his loving children, daughters Christy Larson, Denise Dickey Larson, and son, Melvin Larson, Jr.; son-in-law, Wayne Thompson; grandchildren, Christopher Nunnes, Kayla Larson, Kristen Larson, Mehg Rickman and Mason Wood; great-grandchildren, Mylinda Larson, Frankie Larson, Jasey Larson, Arlee Thompson and Ava Thompson; devoted siblings, Roy Larson (Sherry) and Patti Galbrecht (Rick) and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Melvin and Louise Larson; wife, Pat; daughter, Vicky Thompson; grandsons, Jason Larson, Lee Thompson and John Thompson; younger brother, Donald Larson.

Monie had a great love of cooking just like his brother, Roy, and sister, Patti, and whenever they were together food and cooking was the dominant subject. He was also a lover of fishing, hunting, camping, sun-soaking, and animals—especially Great Danes, not necessarily in that order.

Mel was born in San Francisco residing in the McLaren Park neighborhood for most of his childhood. Along with his older brother, Roy, he loved to frequent the Cow Palace rodeos, explore the hills in the area and was a member of Boy Scouts of America. He attended Balboa High School until his family moved to Hayward where he graduated from Hayward High School as a music major. This ignited his career path and legacy in the music industry. Monie also served in the National Guard.

What started out as performances at varying venues in the San Francisco Bay Area under the group names “The Three Honeydrops,” “The Naturals,” and “Jerry and Mel” developed into a successful career as a composer, producer, and arranger in collaboration with his friend and business partner, Jerry Marcellino, who was with him from their high school days. They worked with many artists such as the The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, The Supremes, Bobby Darin and countless others, earning them several Gold and Platinum records.

Mel spent his last 30 years in the Lake Pardee community where his friends became an extension of his family. He served as an Elks Club member contributing to various community charity events and relished leading karaoke events with daughter, Denise, assisting for the past 20 years.

Our loving Pops, Bumpa, Monie will be dearly missed by all of us left behind. There is solace in knowing he lived a life full of love, family, friends and great music. Party on and maybe rest a little up there.

Due to COVID, there will not be a memorial service at this time. The family will be planning a celebration of life at a future undetermined date.