A, Merle Sessions (1927-2012)
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Long-time resident and prominent attorney A. Merle Sessions, 85, died December 29, 2012, in San Bernardino after a brief illness.
He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1927 and grew up in Bountiful. He served in the Navy during WWII, attended the University of Utah where he met his wife Marlyn Sessions, and earned both his bachelor's degree (1949) and law degree (1951) from Stanford University.
Merle worked for Hewlett-Packard while still based in a Palo Alto garage during school, but moved to San Bernardino to pursue his passion for law at Lonergan and Jordan in 1953. He established his private practice in 1961, specializing in corporate and probate law.
Merle served as a board member of the S.B Redevelopment Agency (1958-1967) and was active in numerous service organizations including the local Lions Club where he named "Man of the Year" in 1961.
Merle is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marlyn Sessions, two sisters, Carolyn Matthews and Martha Streeper, four children, Nanci Stacey, Joe Sessions, John Sessions, and Julie Forrest, daughter-in-law, Cindy Sessions, son-in-laws, Sherman Stacey and Billy Forrest, and 10 grandchildren, Jessi and Philip Mielke, Natili Ekker, Andrew Stacey, Marina Stacey, Sebastian Stacey, Deanna Sessions, Jackie Sessions, Isaac Forrest, and Pippin Forrest.
A memorial service will be held at Bobbitt Memorial Chapel, San Bernardino, on January 5, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Donations in Merle's memory may be made to your favorite charitable organization. On-line condolences may be left at www.bobbittchapel.com
Bobbitt Memorial Chapel
1299 E. Highland Avenue San Bernardino, CA 92404
Published in San Bernardino Sun on Jan. 1, 2013