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Kenneth P. Merriman


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Kenneth P. Merriman

Kenneth P. Merriman passed away peacefully July 28, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce (Lavender) Merriman. He is survived by his three children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Ken was born the son of Hugh and Velma, the brother of Margie and Maxine, in Oklahoma August 29, 1927. The family relocated to Centralia, WA where Ken worked the family farm and attended school, ultimately moving to Seattle and graduating from the University of Washington with a BS in electrical engineering.

Ken and Joyce met in Seattle and were married in 1950 following a whirlwind courtship. After job postings in Tennessee and Nebraska, they eventually settled and raised their family in north Seattle. Following a long and successful career in consulting engineering, Ken retired as a principal in R.W. Beck and Associates. Professional accomplishments included design work on the Rocky Reach and Rock Island Dams and the Seattle transit bus tunnel. Ken and Joyce were active in their communities. Notably, he was chairman of the planning commission that incorporated the city of Brier.

He is remembered as an avid skeet shooter who collected both rare shotguns and several competition trophies. He was a decades long member of the Seattle Skeet & Trap Club and a central figure in the design and construction of the club's present facility.

After Ken retired he and Joyce spent time with family and friends dividing time between their boat in the Seattle summers and their winter Arizona home. They shared countless days on their cruiser "Bon Vie" in the San Juan Islands and traveled throughout the southwest collecting native jewelry and crafts. They traveled, doted on their grandchildren and enjoyed the fruits of their retirement and lives well led.

After his wife passed away in 2011, Ken soldiered on but the spark had gone from his life. Ken often described himself as a perfectionist living in an imperfect world. Those who knew him well regarded him as a completely honest (perhaps to a fault), driven individual who could be relied upon without fail. He was a man who led by example and set the bar high.

In keeping with Ken's wishes all services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Ken and his family extend their heartfelt thanks to the angels at Highland Home Care for their patience and compassion.
Published in The Seattle Times from Aug. 5 to Aug. 12, 2018
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