MERICA, Forest Bradley "Brad"
Forest Bradley "Brad" Merica, 85, passed away peacefully January 18, 2014, in Thousand Palms, California.
Brad was born on February 1, 1928 to Stanley B. Merica and Marjorie Hill Merica in Rensselaer, Indiana. He graduated from Stillwell High School, Stillwell, Indiana, in May of 1945. He joined the U.S. Navy
in August of that year and served in the Pacific immediately following World War II
and again during the Korean Conflict
Brad married his wife of nearly 60 years, Marilyn Ann Manship of Noblesville, Indiana, on November 2, 1952. After receiving Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Indiana University
, Brad moved his family to Southern California in 1958. He was a professional educator and administrator for the Whittier Union High School District and a Chief Administrator for the Tri-Cities ROP until his retirement in 1987.
Brad, a very devoted husband and father, served the Boy Scouts of America, Kiwanis Club International, First Christian Church of Anaheim, California, and performed numerous civic duties related to his role as Chief Administrator. He was deeply involved with the Panhandle Shrine Club in his beloved Northern Idaho towns of Hope and Sandpoint. Of utmost importance to Brad were sharing life's experiences with family and friends, spending family vacations in all parts of the country, meeting those along the way who would become lifelong friends, and sharing his love for Northern Idaho with many visitors. Family and friends will share for many years their stories of Brad's life and their treasured experiences with him.
Always the recognized leader, Brad had the ability to repair and fix just about anything and he always offered his assistance to those who needed it. This "go to guy" with the "get it done" attitude had a very simple rule which he lived by and which is forever etched in his children's memory: "Measure twice, cut once." The world lost a great man. Heaven gained one.
Surviving are Brad and Marilyn's son, Kirk Merica and Kirk's wife, Jill, daughter Ley Anne Merica, four grandchildren, Neal Lembke and his wife Amanda, Angela Houghton and her husband Matthew, Katherine and Kimberly Merica, five great grandchildren, all of California, and sisters Natalie Eckfeld of Brooklyn, Michigan and Janet Gross (Walter) of Indianapolis, Indiana and brother, F. Gene Merica (Kay) of Hope, Idaho, and brother-in-law Joseph Manship (Marlene) of Moorpark, California, and many nieces and nephews.
Brad was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marilyn on March 15, 2012, and two brothers, Stanley Hill Merica and Charles Arden Merica, and a sister, Susan Merica Felder.
There will be a Celebration of Life at the Ivey Ranch Country Club in Thousand Palms,
California on Saturday March 1st from 1:00 to 3:00pm and at the Hope Community Center, Hope, Idaho on Sunday August 3rd from 12:30 to 2:30.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to: Panhandle Shrine Club, Attn; Lee Hoge, President, P.O. Box 315, Sandpoint, ID 83864. Please visit Brad's online memorial at www.lakeviewfuneral.com.