Merle Wescoatt(1927-2012)

Merle Wescoatt
1927 - Sept. 23, 2012

Merle "Jack" Wescoatt was born in Globe, Ariz., in 1927. He died on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Chico, surrounded by family.
Merle was the principal at Esparto Elementary School from 1959 to 1964 and the superintendent of Schools from 1964 to 1969. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and golf. In his later years he could be seen walking the neighborhood with his companion Harley, his boxer. He also enjoyed dancing to swing music, attending jazz festivals and a good pinochle game. Merle enjoyed being around people and had many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Dolores.
Merle is survived by his son Brad and daughter-in-law Dottye of Chico; daughter Christy and son-in-law Bruce of Galt; three granddaughters, Sarah of Chico, Andrea of Galt and Michelle of Costa Mesa; one great-grandson Rocco, of Chico; and two great-granddaughters, Savanna and Brooklyn both of Galt.
There will be no public service as per Merle's request. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brusie Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Published in Daily Democrat from Oct. 17 to Nov. 10, 2012