Obituary for \r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Merrill Eugene Walker\n\n\r\n\t\t\t\tMerrill Eugene Walker, 85, died peacefully at his home in Riverton, Utah February 3, 2016 of pulmonary fibrosis. \n\nMerrill was born October 6, 1930 in Rockland, Idaho to Ona Virgil Walker and Glenna Mary Frodsham Walker, where he was raised and gained an education. He continued to be a lifelong learner while providing for his family, and\nstrived to better himself and increase his knowledge through his love of reading. \n\nMerrill married Donna Dean Southwell on January 16, l953 in the Idaho Falls Temple. They have six children: Sanya (Jerry) Payne, Kent (Kim), Brent (Kathy), Rodney (Kathy), Merilee (Roger) Sant and Blair (Rhonda). They also have 20 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. \n\nExcept for a few years in Olympia, Washington, where he served in the army, and Rupert, Idaho he spent most of his life in Rockland, Idaho close to family. He took over running the family farm while he and Donna Dean raised their children. If that wasn’t enough to do they bought the only gas station in town to keep their growing boys busy, which they ran for many years.\n\nMerrill was very active in the community and LDS Church. In addition to serving as a missionary in the Great Lakes Mission he also served as the Bishop of the Rockland Ward, worked in the Idaho Falls and Jordan River Temples, spent many hours on family history and was a faithful home teacher. He was always quick to respond to a call to serve. \n\nIn 2008 Merrill and Donna Dean sold the family farm and moved to Riverton, Utah to retire. They have enjoyed their new friends and lifestyle. The family wishes to thank these wonderful people for their love, friendship and watchful care. \n\nBeing with his family brought great happiness and joy to Merrill, and he will be greatly missed as he was an important part of each of their lives. A great example to all, he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, who always made time for his family.\n\nHis family wishes to thank everyone for the many kind acts of service and especially to his granddaughter Kami for her tender loving care. \n\nHe was preceded in death by his parents and his brother William, he is survived by his brother Glen.