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Merlin Wayne Fjarli

Merlin Wayne Fjarli, 84, passed away October 9, 2014 surrounded by his family. Merlin was born March 19, 1930 in Red Bluff, Calif. to Elmer and Pearl Fjarli. He moved to Medford in 1943.

Merlin attended Rogue Valley Adventist Academy and graduated from Laurelwood Academy in Gaston, Ore. Merlin had a passion for India, building schools and churches there for the untouchables. In years past Merlin raced cars at the local speedway and still enjoyed watching Nascar. In recent years Merlin's passion turned to spreading the good news of Jesus' soon return, and built a local Christian radio station, KFJL 1400 a.m.

Merlin started and succeeded at several businesses, Southern Oregon Wholesale, The Masher, Big Toe Autowreckers and Southern Oregon Builders.

Merlin leaves behind his wife of 65 plus years, Jo Ann Bratcher Fjarli; his children, Waynette Fjarli, Clint (Lola) Fjarli, and Bruce (Jacki) Fjarli; grandchildren, Holly, Cameron, Ceisha, Rachel, and Caleb; as well as nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Calvin in 1972.

Visitation will be held at 5:00 p.m. Thursday October 16, 2014 at Memory Gardens Memorial Park, 1395 Arnold Lane, Medford.

A celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Medford Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1900 Greenwood St., Medford, OR. 97504. Donations may be made to the Rogue Valley Adventist Academy Worthy Student Fund.

Merlin Wayne Fjarli