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Mark Willet Merrill

Mark Willet Merrill, 68, passed away peacefully at Providence Hospital in Medford, Ore. Friday May 27, 2016 after a protracted illness, with family by his side.

Mark was born June 15, 1947 in Manchester, New Hampshire to David N. Merrill and Agnes W. Merrill.

Mark grew up in New Hampshire and attended Manchester Central High. He spent much of his early years at the ocean, in Bow Lake, or at the municipal pools. A member of the swim team, he was the state backstroke champion during his high school years. He also                attended the University of New Hampshire where he was president of International House, a residence for foreign students. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at an Army Intelligence Unit in Okinawa, where he worked as an interpreter of Mandarin Chinese.

Employed in the service industries and retail management for much of his career, he won numerous awards for sales and excellence. Unfortunately, he was forced to retire early due to illness. He was a proud member of the Eagles.

He is survived by his father, David Merrill and sister, Anne Posnack, both of Alton, N.H.; a niece, Christina Fackert, her husband Matthew, and grand-niece, Cora Fackert all of Haverhill, Mass. He was predeceased by his wife, Cheryl Merrill of Medford, Ore. and his mother, Agnes Merrill of Candia, N.H.

He also leaves behind his beloved dogs, Layla and Zipper and two cats, Momma and Pretty Girl. They gave him much comfort throughout his illness. Also part of his family are his devoted caregivers, Pat Ayers of Medford, Ore. and Donna Mitchell of Central Point, Ore. They truly became family as well.

He loved his family, his pets, sunsets, and the Oregon Coast. He loved to cook and eat. He was a good and kind person who will be missed. There will be no public services. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to your local animal shelter.

Mark Willet Merrill