Melvin Dinner, 90, an attorney for more than 60 years, passed away quietly at home surrounded by his family on January 25, 2018, after a short illness. Rabbis Joe Black and Steven Foster officiated at the Jan. 28 service at Temple Emanuel. Interment followed at Emanuel Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements.
“Melvin treasured family above all else,” his loved ones said. “He loved his world-wide travels with his wife Diane, the Broncos, whose games he attended since the early 1960s, fishing, skiing and exploring new horizons with his children and grandsons.
“He lived life to the fullest and greeted every day with good humor and a smile.”
Mr. Dinner was born on June 11, 1927, in Greeley.
He was the son of Louis and Ida Dinner, both of whom came to America on different sailings of the Lusitania at the turn of the 20th century.
Mr. Dinner attended Greeley High School, graduating in 1944 at age 16.
He entered CU’s war-accelerated program, enlisted in the US Navy a year later and served until the end of WW II. He returned to CU, earned his JD and was admitted to the bar in 1951.
Mr. Dinner moved back to Greeley and began practicing law with David J. Miller before setting up his own practice.
He moved to Denver in 1957 after marrying Diane Miller. Mrs. Dinner passed in 2013.
Although he made Denver his home, Mr. Dinner continued practicing law in Greeley until his retirement in 2014.
“Mel earned the admiration of his peers and the gratitude of his clients as an expert in water law, real estate, and oil and gas transactions,” the family said.
Mr. Dinner is survived by his brother Albert J. “Buni” (Janice) Dinner; children Michael (Ann) Dinner of Los Angeles, Gregory (Annie) Dinner of London, Wendy (Phil) Krinsky of Denver and Kristi Dinner of Denver; grandchildren Nicholas and Matthew Dinner, Samuel and Jacob Dinner; sister-in-law Linda (the late Irwin) Kornfeld and brother- and sister-in-law Myron “Micky” and Louann Miller.
Contributions may be made to the Dinner Scholarship for Excellence (UNC Foundation in memo line), UNC, 1620 Reservoir Rd., Greeley, CO 80639; or The Denver Hospice.
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