Merrill L. Tribe (Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Retired) age 81, died January 4, 1991 of a heart attack at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Born March 27, 1909, Ogden, Utah to Roy L. and Edna Willey Tribe. Married Marjorie Riley on March 27, 1937 in Washington D.C., and solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple in 1938.Attended school in Ogden and graduated from the University of Utah with a BA degree in 1933 and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1938 from George Washington University Law School. Admitted to practice law in U.S. District Court and U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; The Supreme Court of the United States; and the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Entered the U.S. Army prior to World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant and retired as a Brigadier General after thirty years of military service. Among his major assignments were Commanding General, U.S. Army Research and Engineering Command at Natick, Massachusetts; Commanding Officer, U.S. Army Supply Center at Giessen, Germany; Director of Procurement, Hdq. Communication Zone at Orleans, France; Chief, Procurement Division, Office of the Quartermaster General, Washington D.C.; and Assistant to the Director of Staff and Chairman of the Munitions Board, Department of Defense, Washington D.C. During WW II he served in France, Germany, and Western Pacific Headquarters in Manila, The Philippines. His decorations include The Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf cluster; and medals for various campaigns.
After retiring from the Army in 1954, he joined the Marriott Corporation as Vice-President of Purchasing. In 1969, became Vice-President, Legal and Administration for the National Food Management Company, Washington D.C. In 1972, became Vice-President of Procurement for Jerrico Corporation, Lexington, Kentucky, and was elected to its Board of Directors in 1975. He retired in 1983. He was given the Merit of Honor Award by the University of Utah Emeritus Club in 1987. Listed in Who's Who in the South and Southwest and World Who's Who in Finance and Industry. Served on the Boy Scouts of America Council, A.P. Hill, Virginia.
An active member of the LDS Church and member of the High Priest Quorum, Salt Lake Millcreek 1st Ward. He has held various positions in the Church but his first love was teaching. Served as a missionary in the German-Austrian Mission, 1927-30.
Survived by his wife, Marjorie, Salt Lake City; a son, Patrick R. (and his wife, Susanna) Tribe of Woodbridge, Virginia; two daughters, Mrs. Gerald (Marilyn) Wignall of Twin Falls, Idaho; and Mrs. Tracy (Patricia) Stevenson, Salt Lake City; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Howard W. Tribe, Ogden; and Royal Tribe, Salt Lake City; and a sister, Mrs. Rigby (Nedra) Roskelley, of Illinois.
Funeral services on Tuesday, January 8th, at 12 noon, Millcreek 1st Ward, 602 East 3900 South. Friends may call at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple on Monday evening 6-8 pm, and at the Ward on Tuesday, 11-11:45 am. Burial with full military honors will be in the Ogden City Cemetery, following the funeral services. Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be be to either: Utah Heart Association, 645 East 400 South, SLC, UT 84102; or Primary Childrens Medical Center, 100 North Medical Drive, SLC, UT 84113.
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