He retired from Public Service of Colorado in 1996 to take care of his wife who passed away in 2000.
He met his current wife, Lena while wintering in Yuma, AZ in 2005.
They spent winters at their home in Yuma Az and summers in Spokane, WA home.
They took the trip of a lifetime to Switzerland and many other parts of the country traveling by boat, motorhome, train and car.
Mel is survived by his wife Lena Borchers Bennett, three brothers: Steve (Joanne), Dave (Cindy), Dan (Veronica) and his children: John (Simone), Melodee (Jeff Bergin), Jim, Jennifer (Daryl Kritsch) and Mark (Erin) and step daughters Julie Ruffner and Darcy (Glenn Jenne), numerous grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Memorial Service will be held at Colbert Chapel, 4922 E. Bernhill Road, Colbert, WA on August 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM.