LAHAINA - Melvin Witt, 67, known as the "Hat Man" and "Marvelous Mel of West Maui," passed away at Maui Memorial Medical Center on Feb. 11, 2013.
Witt was born on Nov. 23, 1945 in Texas. Early on in his life, before becoming a Maui and Big Island resident, he played defensive tackle and defensive end for the New England Patriots.
According to his family, "He had a spiritous laugh and an engaging story for everyone he encountered.
"Melvin was very civic-minded and thought 'green' before it was mainstream. He founded the nonprofit Maui Youth Ambassadors, and through a county grant, the nonprofit Recycle Maui County.
"Mel also sold his wares and was known as the 'Dead Fish Man' at both the Honokowai and Kihei Farmers' Markets. For the last decade, Mel had run a roadside stand known famously as 'At Witts End' in West Maui. Mel's big presence and loving heart were a treasure to many. This Maui entrepreneur and promoter extraordinaire will be truly missed!"
He is survived by his children, Jasmine H. Witt, Hillery M. Witt IV, Violet L. Witt and Joshua A. Witt, and his sister, V. Renalda Payton-McGriff.
A Celebration of Life will be held on April 7 at 9:30 a.m. at Hanakao'o (Canoe) Beach.
For information, contact Jasmine Witt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 281-1428.