Obituary: Richard Craig Merriman
ObituaryMerriman, Richard Craig
After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Rick Merriman died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loved ones on Dec. 9. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1972. Rick was a longtime resident of the North Lake Tahoe area and will be missed by his family and many friends. He will be remembered for his kind, caring, considerate ways, his sense of humor and a smile we will never forget. Rick always extended a personal touch to let others know he cared. He loved being with family and friends, music, the beautiful Sierra mountains, fishing, and especially loved golfing with his brother, Mike, and close friends.
In years past Rick played electric guitar and enjoyed the years he traveled with the local band Gary & Sandy’s Common Ground. He was employed by the Hyatt in Incline Village for the past 14 years and prior to that, worked many years at the Nevada Lodge. He is survived by his mother, Lucille Merriman, and Bill Spearman of San Benito, Texas; his sister, Donna Fabig of Redding; his brother and sister- in-law, Mike and Cecily Merriman of Kings Beach; nieces Lauren and Michelle Merriman, Robin Schafer, DeAnn Young; and nephews Bryan and Kevin Fabig and many cherished friends, especially Kathy McGarr of Reno.
The family wishes to express its heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the entire staff of Tahoe Forest Hospice of Truckee for their love, support and encouragement during Rick’s care.In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Rick’s memory to Tahoe Forest Hospice, PO Box 759, Truckee, CA 96160. A memorial celebration of Rick’s life is planned for Jan. 8, 2005 at the North Tahoe Conference Center, Lakeview Suite, 8318 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. All who knew Rick are cordially invited. We will carry Rick’s love in our hearts forever.