Granville (Gran) Martin DeMerritt Was born in San Francisco, CA on June 27, 1924 passed away on January 14, 2011. Gran grew up in the Excelsior District, attended St. Joseph's Grammar School and Balboa High School where he excelled in football and track and field. Gran left school in December 1942 to serve in the U.S. Army in WW11, participating in the vicious Burma Campaign under General "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell. Gran was honorably discharged in January 1946 and returned to San Francisco where, in April 1946 he married the love of his life, Alice Warrender. While Alice worked, Gran pursued his education under the GI Bill and graduated from Stanford University in June 1950 with a degree in Political Science. Gran is survived by his lovely wife of 65 years, Alice, by his two children, Linda and Marty (Colleen) by his four granddaughters, Shelley (Dustin), Alicia, Amanda and Amy, and by his great grandson, Alexander Granville. Gran is also survived by his brother, Warren and by numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Gran will be sorely missed and leaves a legion of friends locally and nationwide. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Mass on January 22, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Star of the Valley Church, 545 White Oak Drive, Santa Rosa (Oakmont). Committal services were privately held at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. Memorial contributions in Gran's name may be made to St. Vincent's School for Boys in San Rafael, Catholic Charities or a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Santa Rosa Mortuary Eggen and Lance Chapel. 545-3747.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 19, 2011