An almost lifelong motocycle racer, Melvin Priest maintained a love of the bikes long after his racing days were over. He had over 200 trophies for races he had won or placed in from the 1950's and 1960's. His name was once mentioned by the announcer in a race covered by ABC's "Wide World of Sports." He passed away Monday, April 12, 1999, services were held at Long-Bumback Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. larry Garfield and internment was at Howell Cemetery, Milford, Mo. His pallbearers were: Randy Crockett, Wayne Wilson, Mark Cross, Larry Martinez, Jon DeMent, and Gary Potter.