MONROE — Larry Paul Mertin slipped from this world into the next early in the morning of Jan. 2, 2020, in Riverton. He was born in Salt Lake City Feb. 4, 1936, to Paul Mertin and Emma Margarete Cook. He was the first of five children.
He loved God, his wife, Sheron, and fishing – his family, Scouting and fishing – working with his hands, Café Silvestre smothered burritos with cheese and onion, rice and beans and fishing – sweet potatoes, pumpkins pie and fishing.
He was a Jordan High School Beetdigger, class of 1954. He married his sweetheart, Sheron Busenbark, in the Salt Lake Temple Aug. 26, 1954. They lived the first half their married lives in West Jordan (where Larry bowled a little and Sheron bowled a lot) and the second half in Monroe.
Larry was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in bishoprics, on high councils, high priest groups, executive secretary and young men’s president, among others. He was a Scoutmaster and Explorer Advisor. At one time he was the Alta View District Chairman in the Great Salt Lake Council of Boy Scouts of America. Larry was a member of the Monroe Utah Post of the American Legion.
He worked at Kennecott Copper as a brakeman where he broke his leg in a train accident, which encouraged him ‘to find a different profession.’ He began working with his hands at Bonanza Campers, created several construction companies, spent nine months working in Nigeria (spending his spare time helping with the Nigerian Boy Scouts) and was most recently the president of Merit Structures & Restoration, Inc.
He really loved to fish. The only true place was Otter Creek in Antimony, with Piute Reservoir as second and Strawberry Reservoir as a close third. Fish Lake? Not so much.
Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Sheron, who died in August of 2019; his parents; one brother; and two sisters.
He is survived by his children Deborah Mertin (Alan) Jackson, Kevin L. (Sheri) Mertin, James P. Mertin, Kristopher K. (Michele) Mertin, and O. Bradford (Amber) Mertin; and his younger brother, David. Larry and Sheron have 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to express sincere thanks to the Beehive Home of Riverton and Canyons Home and Hospice.
A viewing will be held at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 1007 West South Jordan Parkway (10600 So), South Jordan, Thursday, Jan. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Monroe Utah Stake Center Friday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. A viewing will also be held in Monroe one hour prior or to the funeral. Interment will be in the Monroe City Cemetery.