May 10, 1941-Dec. 28, 2023

Merrill Arnold Barney, beloved husband, father and grandfather departed this world on Dec. 28, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love, laughter and cherished memories. He passed away at his home in Bloomington Hills, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Born on May 10, 1941, in Price, Utah.  Merrill touched the lives of those around him with his warm personality. Working mostly in sales he spent the latter part of his career with Metcalf Mortuary and the Huntsman Senior Games. Merrill loved sports and spent much time not only coordinating for the Senior Games, but also coaching, and as a participant. His dedication to his work left an indelible mark on his colleagues and the community, and he was instrumental in bringing pickleball to St. George.

A truly dedicated man at heart, Merrill had a deep faith and a desire to serve. Whether it was his sense of humor, his inspiring words or the way he made everyone feel valued, Merrill will be remembered for the positive impact he had on those fortunate enough to know him.

He was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Merrill loved to do missionary work. He served a full-time mission in Johannesburg, South Africa, and later served with his wife Melinda in Santa Rosa, California. Merrill’s church service was marked by serving as Bishop in the Burbank 4th Ward. He was a dedicated home teacher and approached life with a sense of purpose. He worked extensively with the youth in Burbank, California; Mesa, Arizona; and Orangevale, California, inspiring those around him to strive for their best.

Family meant everything to Merrill, and he was a beloved son, brother, husband, father and grandfather (Paca). Preceded in death by his brother Lawrence, grandchild Elsie Barney and his parents Arnold Alvey Barney and Beth Hall Barney, Merrill was the oldest of six children. His siblings included Lawrence (deceased) (Erlene) Barney, Jeanne (Steve) Christensen, Bonnie (Sam) Metcalf, Dianne (Tom deceased) Kreth, and Arna Barney.

He is survived by his wife Melinda Goss Barney and his children Kirsten (Ric) Martin, Rhett (Jennifer) Barney, Kimberly Berry, Mary Beth Pagela, Leah (Dean) Nixon, Brooke Smith, 21 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.  His memory will forever live on in their hearts.

The loss of Merrill leaves a void that cannot be filled, but the memories shared will serve as a source of comfort during difficult times. As we mourn his passing, let us also celebrate the remarkable life he led and the positive impact he had on so many.

A memorial service to honor Merrill’s life will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. in the Metcalf Mortuary Chapel, 288 West St. George Blvd., St. George, Utah. Visitations will be held Friday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, prior to services, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., both at the mortuary. Interment will be in Tonaquint Cemetery, 1777 South Dixie Drive, St. George, Utah. Family and friends are invited to join in remembrance and support.

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May Merrill’s soul rest in eternal peace and may the memories of his love and laughter bring solace to those who grieve.

Merrill’s light will continue to shine brightly in our hearts and his spirit will live on in the lives he touched.

Arrangements are under the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221. Visit the Metcalf Mortuary website for condolences, complete obituary and funeral listings.