April 28, 1923 - February 21, 2014
Jack Albert Merritt passed away on Friday night, February 21st, 2014.
He was born in San Francisco, CA and grew up in Ashland, OR. He graduated from Ashland High School and attended both the University of Oregon where he graduated with a BS in Political Science, and the University of Washington
, graduating with a BA in Librarianship.
In 1950, he married Arlette Morrison in Eugene, Oregon. They had five children and were later divorced.
He served in the Navy as a navigator in WWII
and in the Korean Conflict
He worked as a purchasing agent for various government and educational organizations and retired in 1991 from the University of California at Berkeley.
He moved to Grand Junction, CO to be near his daughter in 2005.
His goal after retirement was to make people smile, and anyone who met him knows that he certainly succeeded in that endeavor.
He is survived by his children, Karen (James) Sturgill of Grand Junction, CO; Duncan (Agnes) Merritt of Vallejo, CA; Webster (Lois) Merritt of Oakland, CA; Daniel Merritt of Oakland, CA, and grandchildren, Nicholas Merritt and Tamara Romero.
His daughter, Hilary (Merritt) Romero preceded him in death.
Per his wishes, no memorial service will be held.
Following cremation, he will be interred at the Veterans Cemetery in Grand Junction, CO.
If desired, memorial donations can be made to St. Mary's Hospital, or HopeWest Hospice of Grand Junction, CO.