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Brooks Palmer Merritt Jr.

16 June , 194831 October , 2019

BROOKS P. MERRITT, JR. June 16, 1948 – October 31, 2019

Brooks Palmer Merritt, Jr. (Bro), died very unexpectedly after a long battle with numerous health ailments. He was surrounded by family and friends. Brooks was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, to Helen & Brooks Merritt. He lived there 15 years before attending high school at St. Andrews Episcopal School in Sewanee, Tenn. He attended one year of college before enlisting in the U. S. Navy. He loved every minute of it, achieved the rank of Commander, and served 26 years. Highlights of his naval career: served four tours at Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego, attended Supply Corps School and Naval Postgraduate School, served on four aircraft carriers (USS America, USS Enterprise, USS Constellation and USS Kitty Hawk), and a destroyer (USS Kinkaid). After serving three years in Japan as XO of the Supply Center in Yokosuka, he and family retired and settled in Monterey in 1994. He enjoyed working and had several jobs since “retiring.” He was proud to be the first Program Manager of the Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and he particularly enjoyed working in the pro shop at the Monterey Pines Golf Course. Brooks was a good man, loving, generous, thoughtful and fun, and is sorely missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judy; his two children Michelle Schexneider (Will), and Michael Merritt; his grandson Brooks Schexneider; sisters Michelle Ascencio, Barbara Espinosa; and brothers Doug Merritt and George Merritt. A celebration of life will take place Saturday, November 16, 3:00 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Monterey, 501 El Dorado St., Monterey. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675.


  • Wounded Warriers Project


  • Memorial Service Saturday, 16 November , 2019


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Charlene Webber-Schuss

11 November 2019

Two memories: His appreciation of my Matzo Ball Soup. His huge smile and obvious pleasure when working at the Pro shop.

My prayers and love go to you, Judy, and your family.

Lynn Geisen

10 November 2019

"The experience of great loss, deep grief, dark darkness, can sometimes be beyond understanding. It can shatter every philosophical or theological construct. But an equally mind-shattering mystery is the zest of life that can flower forth, in and through the most bitter experience. A new presence, a new gratitude, a surprising, even unthinkable, and certainly un- reasonable love of life. It is all a billion light years beyond me. All we can do is hold hands when we tremble and reflect back the radiance of another's face." adapted from Brian Swimme
Sending heartfelt love and healing thoughts to my friend Judy

Michelle Ascencio

8 November 2019

As the eldest of the Merritt siblings I am the only person to have memories of Brooks as a child, a cute little face with wavy blonde hair and blue eyes. I’m sure mom and dad were ecstatic to have a son to follow their two daughters. As a teenager he was in to the Beach Boys, girls and parties, much like most teenagers of his time. When my husband and I wed, it was Brooks who donned a seersucker suit and chauffeured us in our grandfather’s Blue Cadillac to the church. He became a generous and kind adult, proud of his heritage and his family. Distance separated us for many years, but we always stayed in touch.Whether young or old, distant or near, on earth or above, he will always be in my heart.

Brooke Adame

8 November 2019

We send our heartfelt condolences to the Merritt Family 🙏🏼 Brooks had a very kind and gracious spirit and our hearts go out to you Judy, Michelle, Michael, and family, he is greatly loved and missed 💔
The Adame Family
Brooke, Sam, Ava, Emma, & Brenna

Bill Kivlehan

7 November 2019

I really enjoyed working with Brooks at Monterey Pines. Very nice man with a sly smile and great sense of humor. I liked his smile and laugh. He always laughed at my jokes, no matter how good or bad they were. Very happy I got to know him. Rest In Peace friend.

Dennis Allion

6 November 2019

Brooks was my best friend, a loving husband to Judy, loving father, and adored his grandson who has the honor of carrying his name forward. I loved him like a brother and miss him.
He loved to be with people which is why he enjoyed his retirement jobs at the Monterey Pines Golf Course and Monterey County Business Council. We carry with us many happy times with Brooks and Judy. Lots of laughter and now heartbreak. God blessed us with Brooks and has called him home.