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Merlin Darrell Bartlett

July 25, 1949May 8, 2020

Merlin Darrell Bartlett, known to friends as "Bart," passed away unexpectedly on Friday May 8, 2020, at the age of 70 in San Diego, California, where he has made his home for the past 26 years.

Merlin Bartlett was born on July 25, 1949, in Carroll, Iowa, to parents of Harold and Mavis (Lange) Bartlett. He grew up in Wall Lake, Iowa, and attended Wall Lake High School, where he graduated in 1967. Merlin attended CE School of Commerce in Omaha, Nebraska, and received his associate's degree in Business Administration. He then enlisted in the Navy in 1969, completed basic training in San Diego and Radioman A School in Bainbridge, Maryland. He was honored as a Senior Servicemember of the Quarter based on his outstanding job performance as a Tech Controller and a Leading Petty Officer. He enjoyed donating much off-duty time to Philippine Hope Mission, and was a member of the Subic Bay Softball Team, Horseshoe Team, and has been President of three Fil-Am Bowling Leagues. Chief Radioman Merlin D. Bartlett also received the Navy Commendation Medal.

After retiring as RMC Bartlett in 1994, he joined the U.S. Postal Service and worked there for more than 20 dedicated years where he was recognized as the Mail Handler of the Quarter. He retired in 2015 and volunteered for numerous organizations, including the San Diego Padres, Father Joe's Villages, Olympic Training Center, and Farmers Insurance Golf Tournament, to keep himself busy and give back to the community.

Merlin had a passion for traveling and always had an itch to experience new things. When he was not visiting his dear close friends, he enjoyed spending most of his days, either gardening all day with his wife, going to a Padres game with family, or watching his grandchildren Johnny and Mila. Merlin was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed by all those that knew and loved him.

Merlin will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 38 years, Maria Luisa "Malou," and his children Mark, Michael, Maria Ashley, and Angela. Merlin will also be remembered by his six grandchildren, great grandchild, and his sister Marsha Bartlett Bornhorst and brother-in-law Rob Bornhorst.

A Celebration of Merlin's life will be held from 10 am to 2 pm, on Thursday, May 28, at El Cajon Mortuary and Cremation Service. The address is 684 South Mollison Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020.

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Ray & Joy Shepherd

May 28, 2020

Our condolences to the Bartlett Family.

What little time we had with Bart, it was memorable... from our NTCC days in the Philippines, to the rafting trip in Colorado.

Bart always seemed to be happy (note his broad smile in nearly every photo that you see of him).

Thanks for the memories.

RIP Shipmate... for we now have the watch.

Louis & Riverita Roybal

May 27, 2020

Marsha Bornhorst Bartlett

May 22, 2020

Marlou, Mark, Michael, Malia and Angela
It was always special when we got together whenever you we’re back in Iowa or when we lived in Colorado. Many great memories with Mom and Dad and our family. I’m so glad we again were together this January. I pray you will have healing as time goes on, always know that I’m here. Love Rob and Marsha

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Biography

Merlin Darrell Bartlett, known to friends as "Bart," passed away unexpectedly on Friday May 8, 2020, at the age of 70 in San Diego, California, where he has made his home for the past 26 years.

Merlin Bartlett was born on July 25, 1949, in Carroll, Iowa, to parents of Harold and Mavis (Lange) Bartlett. He grew up in Wall Lake, Iowa, and attended Wall Lake High School, where he graduated in 1967. Merlin attended CE School of Commerce in Omaha, Nebraska, and received his associates degree in Business Administration. He then enlisted in the Navy in 1969, completed basic training in San Diego and Radioman A School in Bainbridge, Maryland. He was honored as a Senior Servicemember of the Quarter based on his outstanding job performance as a Tech Controller and a Leading Petty Officer. He enjoyed donating much off-duty time to Philippine Hope Mission, and was a member of the Subic Bay Softball Team, Horseshoe Team, and has been President of three Fil-Am Bowling Leagues. Chief Radioman Merlin D. Bartlett also received the Navy Commendation Medal.

After retiring as RMC Bartlett in 1994, he joined the U.S. Postal Service and worked there for more than 20 dedicated years where he was recognized as the Mail Handler of the Quarter. He retired in 2015 and volunteered for numerous organizations, including the San Diego Padres, Father Joe's Villages, Olympic Training Center, and Farmers Insurance Golf Tournament, to keep himself busy and give back to the community.

Merlin had a passion for traveling and always had an itch to experience new things. When he was not visiting his dear close friends, he enjoyed spending most of his days, either gardening all day with his wife, going to a Padres game with family, or watching his grandchildren Johnny and Mila. Merlin was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed by all those that knew and loved him.

Merlin will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 38 years, Maria Luisa "Malou," and his children Mark, Michael, Maria Ashley, and Angela. Merlin will also be remembered by his six grandchildren, great grandchild, and his sister Marsha Bartlett Bornhorst and brother-in-law Rob Bornhorst.

A Celebration of Merlin's life will be held from 10 am to 2 pm, on Thursday, May 28, at El Cajon Mortuary and Cremation Service. The address is 684 South Mollison Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020.

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