Melvin Madrid Dancel was born on May 31, 1953 in Barangay Dancel, Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is the 8th of the 9 children of the late Abelardo Alawag Dancel and Leonora Balagat Madrid. He was only 1 year and 7 months old when his father died.
He spent his elementary days at West Central Elementary School, Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Philippines from 1960-1966 and he spent his high school days at secondary education at the Dingras National Agricultural School, Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Philippines from 1966-1970.
After graduation, he wanted to pursue his education, so in 1971, he enrolled at Northwestern University, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines and he took up Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education. After four years, he graduated in 1975.
After graduation, he did not apply for a teacher position for he took care of his ailing mother together with his nephews and nieces who were then still in the elementary grades.
He migrated to the United States in 1994, and after several years, he took a vacation to the Philippines to marry the former Agustina Baptista of Barangay Madamba, Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, who is a Registered Nurse. They got married last December 28, 1996 and are blessed with 2 children, Christian Paul and Chrizamelle Dancel. 23-year-old Christian is working in Smart & Final as a supervisor in the night crew and 16-year-old Chrizamelle is a student of South San Francisco High School in Grade 11.
He joined our Creator last October 6, 2019 and we believe that Melvin is now in heaven enjoying eternal peace, eternal joy, eternal happiness, and after all, eternal life.