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LeRoy James Merill, a self-taught man

Modified: Thursday, Oct 4th, 2012

LeRoy James “Jim” Merrill passed away peacefully from this world on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at the age of 79. As a Navy Veteran of the Korean War he learned the trades of diesel mechanic and machinist, which guided his path for the rest of his working career. With his skills he worked in the copper mines in Globe, Ariz., the power plants in Alaska and Page where he also worked as a boat mechanic in Page. A self-taught man, he learned the many trades of building and carpentry, studied solar energy as it was emerging, then designed and hand built the passive solar house where he and his wife, Ada T. Hatch have lived for the past 20 years in Page.

Jim is survived by Ada T. Hatch, his loving wife of 35 years; two sons, James Merrill of Phoenix, Ariz. and Claude Merrill of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter, Clover VanCompernolle of Page; 9 grandchildren; and two nieces and a nephew Jennifer Reich Rameson, Angela Meyer O’Connor, and Jeff Meyer, who grew up loving their “Uncle Jim” in a very special way.

A memorial service will be held in the Methodist Church in Page on Friday, October 12, at 4:00 PM. A celebration of his life will follow at Ada and Jim’s home at #4 Echo Court in Page. This event will feature slides of Jim’s life and an opportunity to share our memories of Jim.

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