Dr. Merrill E. Harrington passed away on June 26, 2012.
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He is survived by his son, Merrill A. Harrington; daughter, Marilyn E. Bazler and husband, Doug; grandson, Ryan Bazler and wife, Lisa; four great-granddaughters; and his longtime companion, Jo-An Stare. He was married for 30 years to Jean, before her passing in 1972.
Merrill was born on June 23, 1913, in Santa Paula, CA, and had six siblings. After high school, he received his Bachelors Degree from UCLA in 1937 and his Doctor's Degree in Dental Surgery from USC in 1943. Merrill served during WWII as a Lieutenant in the Navy and was deployed to the South Pacific where he was attached to the Marines during the battle of Peleliu. After the war, he practiced dentistry in Ocean Beach, La Jolla, and Palm Desert.
Merrill had a passion for dentistry, lapidary, and golfing. He was well known for his bright and colorful wardrobe and vivacious personality.
The family wishes to thank all the people who contributed to his health and welfare, including Desert Lilly Home Care where he resided for the last several years.
Published in La Jolla Light on July 5, 2012