Merrell Gomm, 80, passed away on July 31, 2006 with his son Craig in an automobile accident in Lehi, Utah.\nMerrell was born in Star Valley, Wyoming, on June 20, 1926, to Ben Charles and Opal Louise Allred Gomm. He attended public Schools in the Afton area, and graduated from Afton High School in 1944. He served in the Navy during WWII fulfilling his patriotic duties which gave him a great love for his country. He met his sweetheart during the war. Beverly Mozel Neves and Merrell were married in the Logan temple on February 15, 1946.\nHe was active in the LDS church and held many callings. His favorite callings were missionary work and family history. He and Beverly served a genealogy mission. He was the first Eagle Scout in Star Valley, and served in many Scouting positions. \nHe received his Bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, and a Master’s degree from UCLA. He taught thousands of children in his 40 plus years of teaching, in Utah, Wyoming, and California, and retired from the Glendora School District, in California.\nMerrell is survived by his wife, Beverly, of 60 years, and his six remaining children. Bryce (Diane) Gomm, West Valley, UT; Vickie Gomm, Azusa, CA; Judy (Greg) Larsen, Kaysville, UT; Mark (Audrey) Gomm, Rescue, CA; Rosemarie (Dan) Caylor, Draper, UT; Keven (Debbie) Gomm, Sandy, UT.; four brothers Bryant, Ben, Thiel, and Lyle; sister Lila; forty grandchildren and 51 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his sister Veretta.\nFuneral Services will be held Friday Aug. 4th at 11:00 AM at the Hunter 5th Ward Chapel, 5065 W. Janette Ave. (3985 S.) A viewing will be held Thursday Aug. 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway (10600 S.), and Friday Aug. 4 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the church. Interment will be at 4:00 pm at the Millville, UT Cemetery.