Melvin Lacy Renfro, Jr

Date of birth: January 25 1964

Date of death: January 7 2020

PORTLAND – Melvin Lacy Renfro, Jr., 55, died unexpectedly of a heart attack at home on January 7, 2020. He was born on January 25, 1964, in Portland, OR the son of C. Patricia Renfro and Melvin Lacy Elisha Renfro, Sr.

Melvin, also known as Cool Breeze and Chef BoyarBreeze, went to school in the Portland area, including Fairview Elementary School, Colview Middle School, and Reynolds High School (class of 1982). He attended the University of Oregon and graduated from The Art Institute of Houston. Melvin was a gifted athlete, breaking several running records throughout high school and university. He also was an outstanding chef, breaking many eggs as he created delicious meals for family and friends.

His passion was watching NFL and college football; he was a dedicated Dallas Cowboys and Oregon Ducks fan and attended games as often as possible. Melvin also enjoyed films, fine dining, R&B music, and dancing. His absolute love was when his mom made her famous Patsy’s Plain Cookies.

Melvin had a remarkable 30-year professional career with Continental Airlines and United Airlines when the two airlines merged. He worked for 17 years at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, TX and then at Portland International Airport when he transferred back home in 2007. He was esteemed by all his colleagues.

He is survived by his mother, C. Patricia Renfro of Portland, OR; his father, Melvin Lacy Elisha Renfro, Sr. (Liz) of Dallas, TX; his brother Anthony Patrick Renfro and nieces Madison and Shelby of Portland, OR; his sister Cynthia Renee Renfro (Margherita) of Seattle, WA; his brother Jason Ray Renfro (Melissa) and nephews Jai and Jaxon of Plano, TX; his sister Michelle Salas and nephew Gavin Heath, niece Shelby Slayton, niece Riley Gamble of Dallas, TX; his brother Chris White of Dallas, TX; his sister Tara Wiggins (Scott) and niece Anastasia Diskey, nephew Teddy, nephew Marshall of Mesquite, TX; his aunt Rodella Renfro of Portland, OR; his aunt Vilma Renfro of Portland, OR; his aunt Ginger Renfro of Gresham, OR; his uncle Clarence “Sonny” Burch, Jr. (Penny) of Scappoose, OR; his uncle Michael A. Burch (Karen) of Portland, OR; his aunt Fayetta Burch of Portland, OR; his cousins Dallas “Chip” Renfro, Jr. of Portland, OR; Carrie Boatwright of Portland, OR; Lynn Renfro Billingsley of Fort Mill, SC; Jimi Renfro of Cologne, Germany; Candeese Renfro of Gresham, OR; Brent Reiter of Eunice, LA; Edward Reiter of Vancouver, WA; Elise Burch Braxmeyer of Beaverton, OR; Tanisha Anderson of Portland, OR; Michelle Burch of Portland, OR; Ashley Shankle of Portland, OR; Whitney Burch of Portland, OR; and many more family and friends who love Melvin.

Melvin will be profoundly missed – for his humor, intelligence, and love.

Melvin was a private person and a practicing Buddhist. The family will honor his wishes and spiritual traditions regarding services. There will be a private viewing for family on Monday, January 13. On Thursday, January 16, the Rev. Eisei Ikenaga of the Nichiren Buddhist Temple of Portland will be present to lead prayer and chants with family at the crematorium. Arrangements by Crown Memorial Centers.

On Saturday, February 29, leap day, there will be a community-wide service to honor Melvin. This ceremony of remembrance is referred to as the 49th day service in Buddhism. It will be held at the Nichiren Buddhist Temple of Portland, 2025 S.E. Yamhill Street, Portland, OR 97214. The service begins at 12 noon with refreshments to follow. All friends and family are invited to attend.

In keeping with his Buddhist beliefs, Melvin enjoyed his life while also practicing non-attachment to things. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, please consider a donation in honor of Melvin to the Nichiren Buddhist Temple of Portland; or invite one of his United Airlines shift crew members to dinner.



21 tribute candles have been lit

Candle lit by DAVID JAMES Go with Grace my friend. We all loved you. R. I. P.

Candle lit by Michelle Melvin was full of light & love. His family was very special to him especially helping his mother Patsy. Holidays have been extra special with Melvin sharing his culinary skills with us. I’ll always remember how much he loved sharing a good meal with the people he loved. ♥️

Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.

Candle lit by Tara & Scott Wiggins Melvin was my brother, and great to talk to as well hangout with he will be greatly missed by all friends and family R.I.P. my brother.

Candle lit by LaVerne Robinson I give thanks for the amazing Spirit of Melvin that Blessed this earth. I send Love, ♥️ and ???????? of comfort to hold Cynthia (Margherita) and family during this time.

Candle lit by Tod H Foulk Dang bro, dang. Thanks for getting me hooked on Facebook lol not! We are all going to miss you man. One of the best, so nice to everyone, you wouldn't believe all the stories and nice things people are saying.

Candle lit by Julee Smith Glaspey In friendship and with love I will remember Melvin Renfro Jr all of my life. Honored and blessed were we who had the pleasure of knowing him. He will truly be missed.

Candle lit by Toni

Candle lit by Jerry & Ronda Vaughn Melvin was truly an Angel on Earth & will be missed by all that knew him. Rest In Peace Friend. Prayers to all his Family & Friends????????❤️

Candle lit by Jo Pearl I miss you already... Always up for a get together, lots of laughter and good times. Won't be the same without you...

Candle lit by Tim You will be missed for a long time! RIP my friend ❤️

Candle lit by JOE SALAS Melvin will be truly missed, seeing him at Liz and Mel's house was always a pleasure, always so sweet and polite. He always had a smile on his face. I wish I would've been able to have seen him more because it was always so quick when he was here in Dallas. I never knew of all his accomplishments but he has done a lot in his short time here, what a great legacy. Rest in peace Melvin.

Candle lit by Alex Laws You touched many while you were here and your family was always so kind growing up. My very best to the entire family. It was a gift to know Mel growing up.

Candle lit by Jan Sheasley My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family

Candle lit by Sonja Milam No words can express how much I miss you already. I will miss our deep conversations, wonderful meals and gut-wrenching laughter together. May you dance on the clouds and know how much you are loved! Hugs and love to your family in this difficult transition.

Candle lit by Dianne Williams Your beautiful smile and loving heart will be missed. Glad I got the chance to know you.

Candle lit by Linda Robertson Mel...Always so sweet. We will miss you now even more here in Houston ????

Candle lit by Fredy Jaco Melvin was a brother to me, one of best friends I ever had, if I can make it to his remembrance, I will tell you stories we lived and tagged them as good times to remember... it was something we ate the one memory he recalled the most, may the Lord be with him and with his family, I’m gonna miss him all my life, ... peace brother ????????

Candle lit by Ellen Cordray You are so missed already. I will miss our talks and the times we worked together. You were truly a great man and it was an honor to know you.

Candle lit by Carla and Greg Seipel May you Rest In Peace. I know you are cooking away and dancing! We will miss you! Until we meet again...

Candle lit by Rachel Jones I worked with Melvin at Continental Airlines in Houston for many years . He was a nice person and always willing to help others . It was a pleasure to work with Melvin. Sending my deepest condolences to the Renfro Family . May God Grant You Strenghh during this difficult time .