As many of you know, I lost my husband Thursday, March 19, to a sudden heart attack.
He was in line for the morning ferry to Seattle when he collapsed. Paramedics tried to revive him for nearly an hour but were unsuccessful. An hour later, the deputy coroner and fire department chaplain knocked on my door to bring me the awful news.
He was a great man, honest, hard-working and brilliant, a caring husband and devoted father. He tried to pretend he was a stern and cranky attorney but had the biggest heart I’ve ever known. We are still staggering under the impact of his sudden death and will miss him terribly.
Following is the obituary we submitted to the Kitsap Sun and Anchorage Daily News.
Bryan S. Merrell, of Poulsbo, WA, died of a sudden heart attack March 19, 2009 at the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal. Born September 3, 1963 in Rolla, MO, he was 45.
He grew up in Anchorage, AK, graduated from Prairie High School in 1981, WSU in 1985 and U of Idaho in 1988 with a JD degree.
For the last 15 years, he was an attorney for First American Title, most recently as regional counsel and senior divisional underwriter in Seattle, WA and previously as state counsel and title manager in Anchorage, AK. Prior to that, he was an attorney with both Groh Eggers Price and Routh Crabtree in Anchorage.
Bryan adored his two dogs, Panda and Murphy. He was a Seahawks season ticket holder and a Mariners and WSU Cougars fan. He enjoyed motoring in his convertible MINI, boating on the Puget Sound, gardening and writing.
He married Jeri Sisco Merrell on June 21, 1997, and was a devoted father to his stepsons, Benjamin and Zachary Moore, all of Poulsbo, WA. He is also survived by parents, Jackie (Hale) and Dale Merrell, of Aloha, OR, and his sister and her family, Michelle (Merrell) and Kenneth Ackerman and their children Scott and Alexander Ackerman.
An informal celebration of life will be held 7pm Tuesday, March 24, at the Poulsbo Sons of Norway hall. We will also be scheduling a celebration of life in Anchorage in the near future, and will update when we have more information. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Bryan’s name to the King County Humane society or your local animal rescue organization.