Dan Melleby was a lifelong Cherry Hill resident. He graduated from Cherry Hill High School East where he played football and basketball. Dan Melleby earned a reputation for being a gifted, highly competitive, courageous, and a strong leader. He proudly proclaimed to have the “heart of a cougar,” the school’s mascot.
Dan was academically successful while spending a total of two and a half years at Kings College before transferring to Rowan University, after sustaining a serious football injury. Dan spent the next three and one-half years completing his undergraduate studies, culminating with graduating from Rowan University in May of 2017 with a GPA of 3.8. In September of 2017, Dan began his career in the field of education as a 5th grade teacher at the Horace Mann School in Cherry Hill. He had a major impact on his students and the school’s staff in a short period of time.
Dan served in many roles and experienced so much in his short lifetime: son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend, student, teammate, teacher, summer recreation camp counselor, Wegman’s meat department employee, food and drink attendant at a bowling alley, a waiter at the Jersey shore, and even as an Uber driver. Things were never boring with Dan. He was so unique and there was always a Dan story to share with others.
Dan’s life was tragically cut short on December 13, 2017. Six simple words capture the essence of Dan’s life: “One life lived, many lives touched.” Dan was beloved by everyone with whom he crossed paths during his 25 years on this Earth, and in many cases, positively impacted their lives. He was beloved by all because he treated everyone with respect and kindness. Dan was a wonderful and compassionate young man. He had the unique ability to make everyone feel as though he was your best friend. Dan was a gift, a precious and beautiful gift. His family and friends wish to honor Dan’s impactful life and dedication to helping others by establishing the Dan Melleby Foundation.
The Dan Melleby Foundation, Inc. is a tax exempt 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation. The corporation is organized to contribute to Dan Melleby’s legacy by impacting the undertaking that he valued; the education and growth of our local youth. This corporation is also organized to foster mental illness and suicide awareness.