Kim Mel obituary (1948 – 2021) – 52 year old resident of Santa Cruz, California
May 28, 1948 – August 16, 2021
52-year-old resident of Santa Cruz
Kimberly S. Mel passed away peacefully at her home on the evening of August 16 after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband John; his son Pierre; and his grandson John, as well as many loving siblings, nieces and nephews. Kim was predeceased by her parents Robert and Jean Sartorius; his sister Leigh; and his little brother Steve.
Kim was born May 28, 1948 in New Jersey and moved with her family to California in the early 1960s. She graduated from Chadwick School in Rolling Hills in 1965 and attended USC for a year before moving on. marry John in 1968. The couple moved to Oahu, Hawaii, and then to Santa Cruz where Kim has resided ever since.
After Peter’s birth, she attended Cabrillo College and later graduated from UCSC. Kim then decided to pursue a career in law and attended Golden Gate University in San Francisco. A graduate of the bar, she worked for several years in the public prosecutor’s office, specializing in the enforcement of child support payments.
Kim transferred to Child Support Services and continued to work there until her retirement in 2008. During her career, she served as president of the California Family Support Council and worked with district attorneys, private lawyers and legislators to inform them of the benefits of the program. . She has actively participated in the drafting of many new laws for the benefit of children and was honored in 1998 with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work at the state and county level.
During this time, Kim was also an integral part of the family business Freeline Design Surfboards, which opened in 1969. The store is still operating today under the management of Peter and his wife Tara. Kim was an active member of the surfing community and volunteered her time to help many organizations including the Santa Cruz Longboard Union, the Pleasure Point Night Fighters, and the Santa Cruz Surfing Preservation Society.
Kim’s passion for travel has led her to visit many parts of the world via cruises and hikes in Mexico, New Zealand and Australia. A private celebration of Kim’s life will take place at a later date. An act of charity in memory of Kim can be done in Hopsice, Santa Cruz County.
Posted by Santa Cruz Sentinel on October 3, 2021.