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John “Cliff” Clifford Merrill, Captain, USAF (Fallen)January 23, 1946 – September 26, 1975
COALVILLE – Capt. John Clifford “Cliff” Merrill, 29, of Coalville, died last Friday in a helicopter crash in Padarborn, Germany.
Capt. Merrill was born Jan. 23, 1946, in Albuquerque, NM., a son of Roy H. and Floyle Palmer Merrill.
On March 14, 1973, he was married to Coral Crittenden in Ogden.
He had served with the U.S. Air Force for four years as a helicopter pilot and was stationed in Paderborn, Germany. He had also served in Vietnam.
He had spent his youth in Albuquerque and was stationed at Hill Air Force Base in 1972.
He attended Ricks College in Idaho and graduated from Brigham Young University.
He served an LDS Misson in Central Germany.
Surviving are his widow and one daughter, Alison Merrill, both of Coalville: his parents of Albuquerque, N.M.; one brother and three sisters, Markus, Merrill, Provo; Mrs. William (Jackie) Leseberg, Boise, Idaho; Mrs. Gordon (Karen) Hughes, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Mrs. Rick (Janis) Hughes, Logan.
Also surviving is a grandmother, Mrs. Pearl Duke, Mesa, Ariz.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Lindquist and Sons Colonial Chapel in Ogden.
The family will meet friends at the mortuary Monday one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Washington Heights Memorial Park. Military honors will be accorded by Hill Air Force Base.
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