Brent Merrill

Brent Merrill

Saturday, December 31st, 1960 Friday, October 16th, 2020

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Obituary for Brent Warren Merrill

Brent Merrill
December 31, 1960- October 16, 2020

On Friday October 16th Brent Merrill, Tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, journalist and father of 3, walked on at the age of 59.

Brent was born on December 31st, 1960 in Dallas OR. He grew up in Eugene with his mother, Donna Stronach and his brother, Donn Grishaber. He attended Marist High School and later went on to attend Western Oregon University and later graduated with an associate degree from Northwest Indian College. He married in 1984 and had 3 children, Aaron, Ashlee and Erika.

He worked as a journalist for many years and as the editor for the Smoke Signals, the tribal newspaper. During his time there is won many national awards and took a small tribal newsletter and turned it into a nationally recognized publication. He had a passion for writing, photography and his tribe.

He was an avid collector of Hot Wheels, had a passion for sports and you could find him most Sundays on the golf course. The greatest love of his life were his 4 grandchildren; Violet, Amelia, Lennon and Andrew. He loved being a “Papa” more than any other accomplishment in his long, distinguished career.

He is proceeded in death by his father Warren Merrill and survived by his mother, brother, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Bollman Funeral Home is caring for the family.

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    Sunday, November 1st, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Grand Ronde Tribal Gym
    9615 Grand Ronde Rd
    Grand Ronde, Oregon
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    Sunday, November 1st, 2020

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Shari Sands

My love, you fought so hard and I will always be extremely proud of you for that. I feel so lucky we were able to come back together and enjoy the time we had left. You will live on inside my heart and soul forever. xoxo
Comment | Posted at 11:30am via Condolence

Dear family of Brent. I am sorry to learn of the loss of Brent which I read about in today's Statesman Journal. Brent and I attended Western Oregon together. We were the only Brents on campus which created opportunities for many good exchanges through our years there. May good memories and transcendent hope help you through this difficult time. My respects to you and yours. Brent Mobley-Oorthuys
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