Clarence Arthur "Pete" Merrick
Clarence Arthur “Pete” Merrick, of Bruneau, left this earth peacefully on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the age of 91. Services will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Grand View.
The family will greet friends from 10-10:45 a.m., and funeral services will begin at 11 a.m., burial will follow at the Riverside Cemetery, in Grand View. Arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel, in Mountain Home.
He was born in Lamar, Colorado, on March 8, 1927, to Clarence Herbert and Emma Palestine Fillman Merrick. He was the third child of five siblings; Helen, Leroy, Marjorie, and Mary Ellen.
The family later moved to Nyssa, Oregon where he fell in love “with the most beautiful gal” at a dance in Homedale, Idaho. He married Verna Woodland on Oct. 14, 1951. One of the highlights of his life was when he took his family to be sealed in the Temple. They have been married for almost 67 years.
Pete loved his family, his Savior, horses, cattle and farming. He loved living and raising his family in the Bruneau Valley. Pete loved the people of the Bruneau Valley, where he developed long lasting friendships.
Pete is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved serving in the church and the surrounding communities.
He is survived by his wife, Verna, sons Joe (Verla), Allen (Carol), Aaron, and Jared (Kelli) and daughter in-law Karlette, 25 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren, with four more to arrive this year.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Leroy, sisters Helen and Mary Ellen, son Dean, daughter Sidney, a grandson, and a great-granddaughter.