Victor Lybert Merrell, 80, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on Friday, November 30, 1990 at Spokane, Washington.

Mr. Merrell, of Moses Lake, Washington, was born March 25, 1990 at Naples, Utah and lived during his early years and for a short while after his marriage in Bluebell, Duchesne County, Utah. He was the son of William Porter Merrell and Mary Elizabeth Lybbert. His marriage to Beatrice Jensen on December 22, 1933 was performed in the Logan LDS Temple. They moved to Moses Lake in 1948.He and his wife served LDS missions together in the Marshall Islands, Hawaii, and Arkansas. He was an officiator in the Seattle LDS Temple. Before his retirement, Victor was a successful farmer in Idaho and the Columbia Basin in Washington State, and had appliance stores and an automobile dealership in Blackfoot and Shelley, Idaho, which he sold to return to his first love of farming. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Farm Credit Service for over two decades, and he trained and cared for his prized horses until the day of his death.

Vic and Bea are parents of nine children, eight of whom, with their spouses, survive him: Jay L. and Elaine Roylance of Othello, Washington; V. Dallas and Karen Dixon Merrell of Salt Lake City, Utah; Max J. and Elke Klindt Merrell of Milton-Freewater, Oregon; Mary Laurel Merrell of Moses Lake, Washington; Paul F. and Vickie Sampson, both deceeased; E. Lynn and Dixie Waldrip of Corvallis, Oregon; Marlo D. and Carol Cole Merrell of Moses Lake, Washington; Vance M. and Terry Jean Heslop of Kaysville, Utah; and David McKay and Debra Wing Merrell of Beaverton, Oregon.

Brothers and sisters who survive him are: Porter L. Merrell of Duchesne, Utah; William A. Merrell of Salt Lake City, Utah; Elva Merrell Manwaring of Vernal, Utah; Florence Merrell Nielsen, serving in the Albuquerque, New Mexico LDS Mission; LaVoir L. Merrell of Provo, Utah; J. Sterling Merrell of Lehi, Utah; and Winona Merrell Wonnacott serving in the Manchester England LDS Mission with her husband, William C. Wonnacott. His parents, sisters, Irene Merrell Gale and Lucile Merrell Winkler of Bluebell, Utah, brother, Arthur L. Merrell, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and an infant brother, Bernard L. Merrell preceded him in death.

Also surviving are 46 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Two grandchildren and one great-grandson are deceased. Funeral services will be held at the Moses Lake, Washington LDS Stake Center at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 1990.

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