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Merrill Delbert Tyler

09/09/1923 - 07/19/2015
Service Date: 07/24/2015
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mesa 18th Ward, 2228 East Brown Road, Mesa, Arizona

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.


  • To Mr. Tyler’s family, I’m deeply sorry for your loss. It’s my hope that you can draw comfort and strength from Jehovah God’s promises in the Bible at Revelation 21: 3, 4 and John 5: 28, 29 that there will soon be a time when there will be no more death, and we will see our dead loved ones again. Please accept my deepest condolences.

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