Donald Merrill Shupe died at his home on July 19, aged 85.
Merrill, as he was known to all, was born in Boise and raised on a farm in Gooding, Idaho. He worked hard, as all farmers do. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Utah State University.
He married his beloved wife, Marjean, in 1959 in the Idaho Falls temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They lived in many homes in Utah, Maryland, Connecticut, California, and Oregon before settling in Claremont in 1977.
They raised two daughters, Kathleen and Karen, who were fortunate enough to grow up with loving parents. They lived 55 years of marriage before his death in 2014.
He was active in the LDS Church, where he held many volunteer positions. He loved cars and loved to take road trips to discover this beautiful country and try the regional barbecue. He also liked to fly. He was an active member of the Pomona Valley Pilots Association, the Pomona Valley Corvette Association, and traveled extensively with both groups.
He worked on submarines after college. He had a business that manufactured and installed custom stereo equipment. He also sold cars in Idaho and Claremont for Richard Hibbard Chevrolet. He then obtained his title of Registered Agent with the Internal Revenue Service and started a small business tax preparation and accounting business.
After his retirement he enjoyed working with the Claremont Police Department as a volunteer and police aide. He has worked with the department for almost 20 years, and the good men and women there have become like a second family to him.
He is survived by his daughter Kathleen and grandson Kyle.
He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
A funeral service was held on July 27 at the LDS Chapel in Claremont.