Merry Tuten

  • "Paul: So sorry to have run across this. I will always..."
    - Gary Stein
  • "Always in my heart forever. I miss you Sis."
    - Vicki Mobley
  • "Paul and other family Many of us in Alaska remember Merry..."
  • "My condolences to the family. I worked with Merry at UAF..."
    - Penny Beiler
  • "Paul, Larry & I were stricken to read of Merry's passing..."
    - Caroline Powell

Merry Allyn Tuten, 58, passed away on July 22, 2012, in Houston, Texas, of leukemia. She lived in Alaska from 1976 to 1990. Retired at the time of her death, she enjoyed restoring historic buildings in Argentina with her beloved husband, Paul Schutt, painting, traveling, and exploring the outdoors.

Merry was born in Long Beach, California, on July 4, 1954, to Audley and Martha Tuten. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in environmental studies and earned an M.S. in Natural Resources Policy and Management from the University of Michigan. She attended the JETRO/MITI Japanese Business Study Program as a guest of the Japanese government.

In 1978, Merry was appointed Director of Land Management for the University of Alaska Statewide. She managed the university's real estate and negotiated a landmark agreement returning management of its lands to the university.

In 1990, Merry was appointed President & CEO of the World Trade Center in Long Beach/Los Angeles.

Merry and Paul moved to Latin America and the Caribbean in 1995. Life partners, they consider Bariloche, Argentina, their home. He encouraged and supported her professionally and artistically.

Merry will be remembered for her love of Alaska, passion for adventure and lifelong commitment to helping friends. Perhaps more than anything, she will be remembered for her radiant smile, warm personality, zest for life, "can do - why not" attitude, sense of adventure and love of sport and the great outdoors.

She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends around the world. Merry is survived by Paul Schutt, her husband of 35 years; sister Victoria Mobley, Redondo Beach, CA; in-laws Harry and Dolores Schutt, Avon Lake, Ohio; and sister- and brother-in-law Della and Jeff Homenik of Avon Lake, Ohio.

In place of a funeral, friends plan to gather later to celebrate Merry's life. The family suggests contributions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help cure blood cancers (

Published in Anchorage Daily News from July 24 to July 25, 2012
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