Merrill Delbert Tyler, 91, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2015. Merrill was born September 9, 1923 in Los Angeles, California to parents Delbert and Idella Tyler. He grew up in Thatcher, Arizona where he graduated high school as valedictorian of the class of 1941. Merrill moved to Tempe to attend Arizona State Teachers College where he graduated with a BA in Education. It was during this time he met his wife Colleen Rose Shumway. They were married October 26, 1946. He was a gentle, loving, and generous father and husband.
He is survived by wife Colleen, children Karolyn Dana (Stephen) of Sandy, UT, Ricky Tyler (Jeanne) of Mesa, AZ, Marco Tyler (Cathy) of Kingston, WA, sister LaPreal Rhoton (Kent) of Lakeside, AZ, 18 grandchildren and 66 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 6-8 PM at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ. Funeral services are Friday, July 24, 2015 at 10 AM at the Mesa 18th Ward Chapel, 2228 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, AZ. Interment at Reed Hatch Memorial Cemetery, Taylor, AZ.