Richard (Rick) T. Merrill died on May 3, 2014. He was 67 years old. Rick was born on October 14, 1946 and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy
. He attended the University of Kentucky and graduated from Stetson University with a Masters of Business Administration. Rick spent his post-naval career entirely in DeLand, and was well-loved by his friends and family. He will be remembered for his brilliance, kindness, and generosity. These traits were contagious, and those who were privileged to know him were better for having done so. Rick's honesty and fairness made him the best of men, and he lives on though his friends and loved ones. He will be missed dearly by his family; Sunday, Faith, Matt, Zora, Brett, Renee, Brooke, Morgan, and Blake.