Clifford Clement Mercier

Mercier, Clifford Clement

Clifford Clement Mercier, 95, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 1, 2014. Clifford (Cliff) was born in Mandan, North Dakota, July 30, 1918 to Emma Sophia and Raymond Otis Mercier. He had three sisters of which 2 have preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister, Irene Peterson, of Arlington, Texas and his sons: Howard, Thomas, Robert, and Donald. Cliff graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in aeronautical engineering, and married his first wife Joyce in 1941. He was hired during WWII by Martin Aircraft Company, Baltimore, MD where he served as a flight test engineer for the Marauder B-26 bomber and the Mars flying boat. After the war Cliff moved west, working for Douglas Aircraft Company in St. Louis MO. In 1955 Cliff moved the family to Whittier, CA where he was employed by North American Aviation. During the Space Race Cliff had a senior engineering role in the Apollo Project and the early developmental phase of the Space Shuttle. He retired from Boeing aircraft in 1980. In retirement, Cliff traveled the country, played golf, and was active in the Whittier Meals on Wheels. In 2003 he remarried to Mary Jane Bisset. A family grave site memorial will be held in Long Lake Minnesota where Cliff will be interred at Union Cemetery next to his first wife, Joyce.

Published in Whittier Daily News on Feb. 18, 2014