Class of 1968 (Orthodontics)

DR. OSMOND MERRILL, CLASS OF 1961, ORTHODONTICS CLASS OF 1968
Dr. Osmond Merrill

Dr. Osmond “Monte” Merrill of East Wenatchee, Wash., passed away peacefully in his sleep on Oct. 12, 2017. He was 86.

Dr. Merrill was born on Dec. 24, 1931 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Osmond Marriner and Elthura Raymond Merrill. Shortly after, his family moved to Richmond, Utah, where he graduated from North Cache High School. He attended Utah State University in Logan for 18 months before being called to serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Central Atlantic states. He left for the mission home in Salt Lake City and was there only one week when the draft board canceled all deferments in Cache Valley. Many of his friends shipped off to the Korean War, but he returned home, having agreed to continue in the ROTC while attending school. At Utah State, he served as junior class president and president of Pi Kappa Alpha, and in other areas of student government and honorary organizations. He married the love of his life, Eunice Tidwell, in the Logan LDS Temple on May 16, 1951.

After graduating from Utah State and ROTC, he attended meteorology school at the UW as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He served military duty in San Bernardino, Calif., and Fairbanks, Alaska. Afterward, he returned to Seattle and received degrees in dentistry and orthodontics from the UW. While in Seattle, he served as bishop of the Seattle 8th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints .

Dr. Merrill loved serving wherever and whenever he could and was always the first to volunteer. Many family members, neighbors and friends benefited from his expertise in gardening, roofing, sprinkler systems and turf placement. His garden produced an abundance of fruits and vegetables, and his yard was filled with roses of all varieties. He shared everything with family and friends. He loved canning, and memories made around the kitchen sink and stove will be treasured by his family. He had a great love for the Boy Scouts of America and served for over 50 years in that organization, receiving the Silver Beaver Award while serving in the Chief Seattle Council. He was an 11-year-old Scout leader at the age of 81, and his Scouts deemed him “cool.”

Dr. Merrill’s faith determined the path of his life, and he lived by these words: “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) He will be greatly missed by all who love him, but we know we will be together again because “Families Are Forever.”

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Eunice; children Marianne (Scott) Nash, Kristi (Mike) Anderton, Rob (Mary), Rick (Carlynn), and Tom (Elisabeth); 19 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; foster children Patricia, Kathy, and Alan Birdsbill; and two foster grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Patricia Michaud and brother James. (Logan Herald Journal)