Opelousas - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for John Malcolm Melancon at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Opelousas. Father Gregory Simien will celebrate the Mass. Rite of Committal and interment will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Washington, La.
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of John Malcolm Melancon, age 71, on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
Malcolm loved being outdoors, fishing, gardening and taking care of his cattle. His favorite thing to do was to cook and feed any visitors. He enjoyed being around his family and made nicknames for everyone. Malcolm was a wonderful grandfather and loved spoiling his grandkids and making "Tik Toc" videos with them. He was a faithful milkman for 37 years and retired as a manager of retail sales. Mac had a great sense of humor and got a chuckle from teasing his family and friends. Malcolm was a loving husband, father, pappy, great-grandfather and brother. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived his wife of 53 years, Rita Moseley Melancon; his sons, Deacon Shawn Melancon and wife, Rachel; Shane Melancon, Seth Melancon and wife, Shannon; his daughters, Dawn Melancon Nilsen and husband, John; Shannon Melancon Deranger and husband, Mike; his brothers, Merlin Melancon, Huey Melancon, Dr. Patrick Melancon and his sister, Marlene Melancon. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Richie Joubert, Lindsay Vidrine, Laura Whipp, Abby Huval, Rebecca Nilsen, J.R. Nilsen, Leah Deranger, Ciara Melancon, Bailey Melancon, Jase Melancon, Madison Melancon, Logan Melancon; two great-grandchildren, Emily Joubert and James Joubert and his special pet, Friday.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mervin and Georgia Melancon; his sister, Judy Ann Melancon and his granddaughter, Ashley Renee' Melancon.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 30, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Skip Montet Memorial Chapel at LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas. A Rosary will be prayed on Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home by his son, Deacon Shawn. The funeral home will reopen on Saturday, July 31, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be John Nilsen, Shane Melancon, Seth Melancon, Aaron Whipp, J.R Nilsen and Logan Melancon. Honorary pallbearers will be Jase Melancon, Mike Deranger and Jacques Joubert.