Michael Mery
Michael Mery Died September 28 at his home in Point Reyes Station, surrounded by family. He was 80. Michael's main interest was the local West Marin community and how to keep it vital. He was in on the ground floor, organizing, raising funds, and advocating for the West Marin Clinic, the Tomales Bay Watershed Council, and the EAH affordable housing project. He worked tirelessly with the Giacomini family, EAH, county government, and the Pt. Reyes Village Association to make the EAH project a reality. The first chairperson of the Watershed Council, Michael served on the executive committee for twelve years and lectured on the council's achievements on the East Coast and Europe. For his work for the clinic, working with Dr. Mac Holliday to affiliate both Point Reyes Clinics with Kaiser Permanente, and for being a board member of the clinic, he received the Northern California Nonprofit Board Member of the Year Award in 1993. He was on the board of the Dance Palace, raised funds, and pounded nails and sawed wood as one of the volunteer carpenters. He was an Inverness volunteer fireman and on the board of the Inverness Association and the Jack Mason Museum Committee. He was a longtime member of the Pt. Reyes Village Association, was active in formulating the current community plan, and on the group's design review committee. In his 70's, Michael was an organizer for the West Marin Fund, and was particularly interested in local teenagers' raising money for the community's benefit. Michael's grandfather and uncle ran the Inverness Store, across the street from the present store--Michael grew up under their benign influence. His parents Larry and Megan, were successive Inverness postmasters from 1936 to 1972. He attended West Marin schools, Tomales High School and Drake, before heading out of town for his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He married his first wife, Barbara, in the 1960's, and their son Trevor was born in 1964. Both predeceased Michael. Michael taught at Syracuse University and the University of Virginia before returning home in the mid-1970's, where he became a carpenter. In 1983 he married Connie and began his long involvement in community affairs, from which we have all benefited. He was close to his stepchildren, Tom, Maria, Phil, and Chris Warton. If you sat with Michael in a public place, he seemed to know everyone and relate to them on a personal level----he also knew their history, and their family's history. Michael is survived by his wife of 35 years, Connie, sister Megan Mery (Tom Ryan), daughter-in-law Joelle Mery, step-daughter Maria Bennett (Patrick), step-sons Tom Warton, Phil Warton, and Chris Warton (Maria), and beloved grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A memorial celebration of Michael's life will be announced in the Point Reyes Light.
Published by Marin Independent Journal from Oct. 1 to Oct. 6, 2019.
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It was an honor to have Mike as my graduate student adviser! He was a uniquely gifted student! I always knew he would be a positively contributing citizen! I miss his always informative communications. His was a life well lived.
Vernon Hall
September 26, 2021
Unique graduate student of mine! I always enjoyed his company and his correspondence.
Vernon Hall
May 8, 2020
It surely was my good heart-fortune to have met Michael several years back now. I witnessed a person involved with heart, integrity and kindness in his community. I'm touched and offer a smile to his life and to his release from the physical nuances that led to his departure.
Liz Wise
October 18, 2019
A gentle man, a loving man, always happy to see you....
Susanna Henderson
October 12, 2019
Dear Michael my older boy cousin, Ive come to believe the younger ones seem to remember the older ones a bit more. Me a scrawny little girl and you a grown man taking your life into adventure. I was always so fascinated by you and the things you were doing in life. Although I didnt see you often due to different and various locations, I have always carried you in my heart. The day you passed you came into my mind and heart as did your sister Meg and whom a few days later verified my experience. I miss you.
I trust you will give Auntie Megan and Uncle Larry my love as well as the Rees Clan. Im sure God will say to you a job well done and may you Rest In Peace.
❤Love to You Always,
Your Cousin Megan in Chico
Megan Wasney
October 7, 2019
Michael, you and your family were friends to me when I was little and you were a friend of mine when we were both older. We both moved back to the place we love. You will never be far away, but here in the blues and greens and golds, in the air and water. Thank you for all that you did for others. I hope your friends and family can find peace and joy in memories of you in the midst of the pain of your loss.
October 3, 2019
Michael was a dear friend to me and my family. We lived with him for a number of years in the old house in Inverness. We laughed and cried with him. He was present and close when Michael, my husband died.

Besides being a terrific upholder of the community, he was a good friend. He remains deeply in my heart even over the miles and the borders into my current home in Mexico. This is just another border over which we are still connected. Michael give Michael a hug for me as he greets you for new adventures.

My heart cries with you, Connie, and all the family and community. I embrace you with love and support.

With deep affection and gratitude for this special friend,
Sharon Mooney
Sharon Mooney
October 2, 2019
Apprpriately, I was visited by Michael's spirit yesterday (9/30) while hiking the 49 Palms Oasis trail in Joshua Tree NP. Godspeed Michael.
Thank you for your love for and committment to your fellow human beings and the planet .
Ken Levin
October 1, 2019
My visits to my "home country" are fewer these days but over the years it was always a pleasure to run into Michael as he seemed to have the pulse of the area at his fingertips and was willing to share. At the same time he was interested in what was happening in my life and what life was like on the Mendocino Coast, especially those things that both areas shared...housing shortages, medical care, etc.
We have lost a delightful, insightful and hard working human and we were lucky to have him in our lives.
Robert Van Peer
October 1, 2019
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