Memorial Service for Robert "Bob" Merrill

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Memorial Service for Robert "Bob" Merrill

Postby lmoate » Tue May 31, 2016 4:19 pm

In Memoriam
Robert "Bob" Merrill
1941 - 2016

Bob Merrill’s Obituary and Memorial Service Notice
Bob Merrill was born in southern California in 1941, and passed away in May of 2016. He had a long career as a geologist, earning a Bachelor of Arts at University of California, Riverside, a Master of Science at University of Massachusetts, and his Ph.D. at the University of Texas. During his 35 years as a professor of geology at California State University, Fresno, he taught and mentored both undergraduate and graduate students preparing many students for careers in geology and related fields. Bob traveled widely and practiced civic activism relating to water, land use, and energy by stressing the ethic of using knowledge of geology to protect the public interest. Bob will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He is survived by his wife, Diane Merrill; son, Cyrus Merrill and wife Mindy Morton; son, Than Merrill and wife Cindy Phillips; step-son, Alex Martinez; grandson, Tyce Merrill, and two more grandchildren on the way; brother, Roy Merrill; and sister, Alice Nifong.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave., Fresno, CA 93720 on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to; or Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno. Bob's family would love to have people help us gather favorite stories and memories. To do so, go to and search for his name.
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