Daniel Thomas “Mel” McFarlane Obituary
Daniel Thomas “Mel” McFarlane
Passed away suddenly in Phoenix, AZ on January 15, 2022. Mel was born in November 1955 in West Green Bay.
Predeceased by Mother Ione Marie (Oldenburg) McFarlane, Father Alexander Thomas McFarlane, Brother Gary Lee McFarlane, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
Survived by sisters Kathy McFarlane and Julie McFarlane, brother Steve (Mary Anne) McFarlane, sister-in-law Barb McFarlane, aunts Joyce Oldenburg and Janine McFarlane, cousins Bruce, Jean, Mark, Kevin, Mary, Mike, Jeri Kay, Bonnie, Peggy, Pat and Lucy; nieces and nephews Kim, Tom, Denis, Amanda, Cory, Tara, Jason, Jamie, Jodi; special friends Blake Woods, Peggy Bremner, Dave Hedstrom and Rusty Nowak.
Dan graduated from Green Bay West High School. He worked as a chef at the Holiday Inn restaurant and also held the position of chef at the Italian restaurant Guido. From food to clothes, Sears to Sound World, then Jacob, Gile & Cowles Audio to Washington Street. Mel moved from Green Bay, WI to Tampa, Florida in 1985 to work in a clothing store there. He hired all the employees and had a knack for getting all the nicest ones. The owner of an agency in Miami finally heard about Mel’s “eye” for finding beautiful people. The agency owner traveled to Tampa where they met and she hired him to scout and source new faces for her agency. The name of the agency was Irene Marie; they were huge in Miami Beach. Mel found and worked with some of the biggest names in the industry at the time. In the mid-90s, he moved from Miami to Chicago to work with a model scouting company called ProScout. He eventually became the vice president of the company until around 2015 when he retired. During his years as an agent and scout, he touched the lives of hundreds and thousands of talents and their families. He mentored them, watched them, befriended them and always made sure everyone was well informed and equally well taken care of. The fashion industry can sometimes be difficult to navigate, but if you were lucky enough to have Mel McFarlane to look after you, you were indeed a lucky person.
The Cemetery Service/Celebration of Life for Dan/Mel will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 29 at Ss. Edward & Isidore Cemetery 3667 Flintville Road Suamico, WI 54313 with Father David Hoffman officiating.
Instead of flowers or a memorial, Mel would ask you to contact a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. Remember, “It’s not about you, honey.”
Posted on March 26, 2022
Published in the Green Bay Press Gazette