Weatherford Democrat


June 28, 2014

John Blake Merrick


WEATHERFORD — John Blake Merrick, M.D., 97, died Wednesday, June 26, 2014, in Weatherford. His passing was blessedly peaceful.

Memorial service: A service celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 606 Mockingbird Lane, Weatherford, with a reception following. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at White’s Funeral Home, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace First Presbyterian Church, the WISD Education Foundation, or Manna Storehouse of Weatherford.

He was born Oct. 15, 1916, in Westfield, New Jersey, to John Russell and Helen Blake Merrick. After graduating from Colgate University, he received his M.D. from George Washington University Medical School in Washington, D.C. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II.

In 1942, he married Eloise Sunderman in Arlington, Virginia, a wonderful marriage that spanned 70 years until her death in 2013. In 1946, they moved to Weatherford where he joined his medical school classmate Carl H. Whalen and Dr. Ed Smith in a medical practice. His practice spanned 40 years and was typical of that time: a family doctor caring for office patients, pediatrics, obstetrics, routine surgeries, hospital and nursing home rounds and house calls. He was a lifetime member of the Texas Medical Association.

Dr. Merrick was very dedicated to education and served on the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees from 1961 to 1970, serving as secretary, vice president and president during those years. Despite very tight budgets, the district was able to build several badly needed buildings during this time. He was a member and ruling elder of Grace First Presbyterian Church. In 1993, he was named Outstanding Citizen of Weatherford.

He was a gifted craftsman with wood, and friends and family cherish wonderful furniture and other pieces that he carefully built. After his retirement he served his church with many wood projects.

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