Melvyn Clark ‘Mel’ Driscoll passed away January 8, 2008 at Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla. He was 69.
Mel was born in Long Beach on July 4, 1938 and lived in Signal Hill for nearly 50 years, eventually marrying and raising four children there.
He attended Woodrow Wilson High School, and later was deeply involved with youth baseball in Long Beach for many years. His participation included a memorable time coaching his two sons Sean and Vincent in Little League.
After high school, Mel embarked on a successful career in landscape construction. His skill, experience, and reputation in the industry subsequently led him to work on major projects in Peru and Spain.
For the past 20 years Mel lived in Orange County, continuing his profession on projects throughout the Southland.
Perhaps his greatest passion was for horses. Over the years, Mel owned several thoroughbreds and quarterhorses that ran at Los Alamitos, Santa Anita, Del Mar and other major tracks in California.
A beloved father, grandfather, uncle, partner and friend, Mel will long be remembered for his wit, charm, adventurous nature, and most of all, his unending love for his family.
Mel is survived by his four children, Deborah Wright, Sean, Vincent, and Angela Driscoll, and their mother Eloise, five grandchildren, Nicole, Stephanie, Bailey and Avalon, as well as by his partner of 15 years Pat Dolphin, her three children Mendy Ron, Steve Leslie and Dani Barry, and six grandchildren, Ericka Keith, Matt, Jason, Lauren and Jackie. He was preceded in death by his grandson Matthew Dodge.
A celebration of Mel’s life is scheduled for Friday, January 18, 2008 at 4:00 pm. at the Dana Point Yacht Club located at 24399 Dana Dr., Dana Point, CA 92629 949 493-8100. Casual attire is strongly recommended.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Mel’s memory to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.