Merle A. Chamberlain, 77, passed away from a recent illness amid his loving family on June 25, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, three sons, a sister, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Merle was a brilliant engineer and showed signs of genius and leadership at a young age. He had an adventurous side being the subject of the 50â€™s hit â€“ â€śHot Rod Lincolnâ€ť.
He met his sweetheart after high school and they married and had three sons. They traveled extensively across the west as an oil drilling engineer for Baroid and Standard Oil. They later settled in Blackfoot when his sons began school. He worked at American Potato (later known as Basic American Foods) for over 30 years.
The family moved to Moses Lake, Wash., in the mid-60â€™s and he spent the last 12 years retired. He loved fishing, hunting, shooting and spending time with his grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed. His grandson put it best, â€śMy Grandpa can fix anything.â€ť As per Merleâ€™s wishes, there will be only a private memorial service for family and close friends.