Merrill L. Tribe, a prominent lawyer and retired brigadier general, died Friday, Jan. 4, 1991, of a heart attack at his Salt Lake home.

Mr. Tribe, 81, was born March 27, 1909, in Ogden to Roy L. and Edna Willey Tribe. He married Marjorie Riley on March 27, 1937 in Washington, D.C. The marriage was solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple in 1938. After attending schools in Ogden, he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor of arts degree in 1933. He received a juris doctorate degree from George Washington University in 1938.Mr. Tribe entered the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant before World War II. During his military career, he rose to the rank of brigadier general before retiring in 1954. During his military service he headed commands in Massachusetts and Germany.

Mr. Tribe joined the Marriott Corp. as vice president of purchasing in 1954. In 1969, he became vice president, legal and administration for the National Food Management Co. in Washington, D.C. In 1972, he became vice president of procurement for Jerrico Corp., Lexington, Ky., and was voted to the company's board of directors in 1975. He retired in 1983.

Mr. Tribe was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a missionary to Germany and Austria from 1927 to 1930.

The funeral will be Tuesday noon, Jan. 8, in Millcreek 1st Ward, 602 E. 3900 South. Friends may call at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the ward on Tuesday, 11 to 11:45 a.m. Burial, with full military honors, will be in the Ogden City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to either the Utah Heart Association or Primary Children's Medical Center are suggested.