Megan Marie Melver was born on April 22, 1980, in Baker, Oregon.
She passed away on May 9, 2023, at the age of 43, at her residence in Clemmons, NC, after a four-year battle with metastatic breast cancer.
Megan spent many of her formative years growing up in Battle Mountain, NV, where she was actively engaged in whatever sport was in season, including soccer, volleyball, basketball, and softball.
She was a three-sport athlete at Battle Mountain High School her first three years, garnering numerous all-league and all-state honors.
Megan transferred to Lowry High School in Winnemucca, NV for her senior year to increase her visibility as a volleyball player.
Megan led Lowry to their first and only 4A league championship in her only season as the team’s setter and captain.
Upon high school graduation from Lowry High School, Megan accepted a volleyball scholarship to play at nationally ranked Utah Valley State College.
Megan was the starting setter as a freshman before injuries forced her out of the rotation.
Megan continued her college volleyball career playing at Eastern Oregon State University in LaGrande, OR, and at BYU-Hawaii in Laie, HI, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her bachelor’s degree in special education.
She then received her Masters Degree from Grand Canyon University in special education.
Besides her family, Megan found her calling in life in helping her students at the different schools she taught and coached at.
Regularly, Megan was given the group of behaviorally challenged students that no one else could work with, and through her unique gifts of kindness, love, humor and wit, Megan’s students made gains both socially and academically that they had never made before.
Megan was lucky enough to call some of those she worked with among her best friends. Megan taught and coached in Federal Way, WA; Las Vegas, NV; Battle Mountain, NV; and finally in Bellevue, WA, where she retired from teaching in October 2022 due to health concerns.
Megan was a kind soul- always willing to listen to other’s problems without ever letting on with her own.
This trait endeared her to all who had the pleasure of knowing her. But that kindness was interrupted when she stepped inside the lines of the volleyball court, where she could jump serve darts and place dump sets with deadly accuracy - ripping the hearts out of the opposing team- whether it was high school, college, or adult league volleyball for fun. Megan was fun to play with as long as you were on her team.
If the other team thought they were better or presented any sort of a challenge- Megan would rise up and take the challenge on herself, every time with great success.
Megan loved being outdoors and being active. She loved paddle boarding on local lakes, going for bike rides, hiking in nature, and enjoying whatever the location had to offer.
Megan was a connoisseur of country music, attending concerts of her favorite artists, Chase Rice and Luke Bryan, and others as often as she could schedule them.
She found joy in reading books and playing her electric piano with her headphones on so no one could hear her playing except for herself.
But most important to Megan was her family. Every road trip, every vacation was spent with one of her siblings or with her parents.
She loved going to watch concerts, games, meets, and practices of her sixteen nieces and nephews.
She was known among them for her great hugs and even better birthday presents. “Aunt Megan” no matter the condition she was in physically, always made time to be there for her nieces and nephews, whether in person, via zoom, or on the phone.
Nothing brought a greater smile to her face than supporting these children in her life.
Megan was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She served an 18-month church proselyting mission to Seoul, Korea in 2000-2002, where she met and made many life-long friends.
Her testimony and love of her Savior Jesus Christ was evident in her hours of selfless service, kindness, and love that she exuded to all she encountered, many of whom she did not even know.
She died firm in her faith and belief in eternal families and the chance we have to live together again.
Megan is survived by her parents, John and Julie Melver of Battle Mountain, NV; siblings Toby (Lana) Melver of Battle Mountain, NV; Josh (Kristin) Melver of Kennewick, WA; Kiki (Ben) Comin of Moscow, ID; Emily (Kevin) Griffin of Clemmons, NC and sixteen nieces and nephews and one great-nephew.
Arrangements are being made for a memorial service later this summer.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the following Venmo account.
Proceeds will be split between the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Authletes in Action, organizations that promote youth with disabilities, which was Megan’s life work. Venmo--- @Toby-Melver