Born January 31, 1926 Cardston, Alberta, Canada to C. Lester and Delvia Reed Lybbert. Married Nola Cahoon Lybbert, May 26, 1949, Cardston Alberta Temple ied July 6, 2001 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Survived by Nola C. Lybbert; Larilyn (Henry) Dirkmaat; Ruth (Dale) Renlund; Merla (Brian) Berndt; Louise (Martin) Nygaard; Clark Merlin (Stacy) Lybbert; 16 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Preceded in death by Perry Reed Lybbert, son.

Merlin served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He immigrated to the United States where he graduated from the University of Utah School of Law and was a member of the Utah State Bar. He enjoyed a long and illustrious career as an attorney. He was honored by his peers as the Utah Trial Lawyer of the Year and elected to the College of American Trial Lawyers. He retired from the law after receiving a call to serve as a General Authority for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

(Visitors Welcome). Elder Lybbert's commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ was manifest by his willingness to serve in any capacity including full time missionary, Eastern States Mission; bishop, Rosecrest 2nd Ward; high councilor; stake president, S.L. Valley View Stake; and Regional Representative. As a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, he served as the president of the Asia Area and the North America Northwest Area. Following his release, he and his wife Nola served as President and Matron of the Cardston Alberta Temple.

Merlin's unique sense of humor, insightful wit, memorable stories and inspired teaching characterized his life. In his recently published autobiography, he wrote: "I affirm the truth of John's statement, 3 John 4,

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth."

Services will be Tues July 10, 2001, 12 noon at the Valley View Stake Center, 2245 E. 3900 S, Salt Lake City, UT. A viewing will be Mon. July 9, 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn 2350 E. 1300 S, SLC, UT and Tues. July 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Valley View Stake Center. Internment, Larkin Sunset Gardens.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to the Missionary Fund, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Charitable Gifts, 50 E. North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150

For those who knew Merlin, he lost the tip of his left index finger when ...