Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Grandpa

My grandpa passed away last weekend. All-in-all it was kind of a shock. I'll miss him a lot. His grandpa-loupes, raspberries, and millions of pink hibiscus flowers are some of my fondest memories of him as well as his constant testimony of the gospel and his cheery attitude and smile. I'm so grateful for eternal families.

C. Merrill Greenland, 83, passed away Sunday, May 2, 2010 in Murray, Utah. He was born October 9, 1926 in Highland, Utah, to Clarence and Maud (Miller) Greenland.

He attended the Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah, and served as a medic in the U.S. Army during WWII.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in the Southern States Mission where he met Florence Poulsen. They were married September 26, 1949 in the Salt Lake Temple.

Merrill loved the Gospel of Jesus Christ and bore a fervent testimony of the Savior throughout his life. He lived his testimony through his service, especially as a Bishop and as a Jordan River Temple worker for 14 years.

He was raised as a farmer and loved gardening. As a Master Gardener he was famous for his generosity in sharing his flowers, cantaloupes and raspberries. He spent 50 years at Mineral Fertilizer Company and greatly enjoyed his association with the farmers and business associates. He was known as “Merrill, the fertilizer man.”

He is survived by his wife Florence; daughters, Suzanne (Wayne) and Marjorie (Mark); son, Douglas (Cindy); 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.