Garth Pierce Merrick


Garth Pierce Merrick
Garth Pierce Merrick

In Proverbs, it says, “Those who are gracious to the poor lend to the Lord, and the Lord will fully repay them.” Garth Merrick loved giving and helping those in need. He had a passion for growing the kingdom of God and put everything he had into that.

Garth Pierce Merrick, 75, went to be with Jesus on March 1st, 2022.

A service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, March 4, 2022, at Trinity Fellowship Church. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

He was born August 30, 1946, in Nashville Tennessee to Lee and Lucille Merrick.

Garth graduated from Greeley Central High School class of 64’. Following graduation, he attended Colorado State University and then on to serve in the National Guard.

Garth married his amazing wife Susie Merrick of Fort Collins, Colorado on June 9th, 1977. The two of them met while Susie was performing with her band at a local supper club in Fort Collins, Colorado. This coming June they would have celebrated their 45th year of marriage. Garth was a creative person through and through. He started Hereford Bi-Products in 1968 and grew it into a worldwide brand of dog food. He used the success of the company to embark on his true passion, helping others. Garth had a heart for giving like no one else. He loved helping others and donated to ministries and organizations all over the country any chance he got. He was a faithful board member at Marriage Today Ministries, Church Loans International, and an elder at Trinity Fellowship Church. He was a lover of all kinds of animals going as far as owning everything from antelope to wallabies. He loved the city of Hereford, Texas, and loved investing in the community. He was a wonderful listener and enjoyed hearing other people’s stories.

Garth was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his sister, Jorja of Canton, Texas; his brother, Roger of Red Granite, Wisconsin; his wife, Susie of Amarillo, Texas; his son, Tyler and wife Taylor of Dana Point, California; his daughter, Noelle Kilgore and husband Ben of Tulsa, Oklahoma; his daughter, Sloane Merrick of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and his son, Teel and wife Kadee of Amarillo, Texas. Garth was an incredible grandfather to eight grandkids, Quinn, Harper, Liv, Lenox, Jude, Pierce, Rosie, and Merrick.

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60 Replies to “Garth Pierce Merrick”

  1. Susie & family so sorry to hear of Garth’s passing, but rejoice with you in life well lived. Garth has done so much for the Hereford community . We will never fooall your family prayers & encouragement for Marcus during our hard times . Now we pray for God’s comfort & peace for you & entire family. Love to all Ray,Nadine & Marcus.

  2. I had the pleasure to meet Garth and get to know him through several decades in the pet food business. He was always courteous, generous with his time, fair to deal with, and innovative in his approach. A real gentleman who lived the Christian beliefs that he held dear.

  3. I have never met any of Garth’s family but I enjoyed doing business with him the past 25 years. He was always friendly and gracious when I visited him. He was the firm businessman that he needed to be but was always fair and always willing to work with me to our mutual benefit. My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family – we have all lost a great friend much too soon.

  4. Condolences to the Merrick family. Praying for God’s care and comfort in the days ahead.

    Joe and Paula Innis

  5. Condolences to the Merrick family. Praying for God’s comfort and care for you.
    Joe and Paula Innis

  6. Susie, my heart hurts for you while I rejoice in Garth’s healing. I pray for peace and comfort for you and that you will continue to experience the joy of the Lord and His presence amidst your great loss. In His love.

  7. Garth was a good friend to me. We used to meet on the planes each going somewhere on a business deal.We see to laugh that all we did was run around flying everywhere. He as a good man. god bless Susie and the family. Neal Leven

  8. The Smith Family – particularly banker Craig greatly admired Garth’s many life accomplishments..sincere condolences to all the Merrick family.

  9. Susie And family so sorry to hear of Garths death, but rejoice with you in the life well lived.Garth has done so much for the Hereford community. We will never forget your families prayers and encouragement for Marcus in our hard times. We pray for God‘s comfort and peace for you and the entire family.Ray Nadine and Marcus Berend

  10. May the grace and peace of Jesus surround you all as you learn to navigate without your precious Garth.

  11. Susie, my heart is so broken for you & your family. You, Garth & your children were such an incredible blessing to not only me, you blessed Grey & Tas as well💖💙 Thank you for allowing me to share such fun times with you, Garth, Noelle, Sloane, Teel & Tyler. As so many have shared, Garth was truly kind, generous, & gave with the the true heart. I love you so much Susie!
    Sloane, you changed my world!💖 Teel, you were a delight from the moment I met you💙Noelle, I love you & your sweet family💖 Tyler, although I did not get to spend much time with you & Taylor, you had proud parents & siblings who sang your praises. My love & prayers will be with each of you🙏🏼❤️

  12. Prayers for your comfort and peace abound in your loss. I know the Father in His faithfulness will sustain you all in the coming days, but Susie and family please know that my heart aches for you. He was a kind man who loved well.

  13. We are sorry to hear that Garth has left this earth. He did fight the good fight and now is with Jesus, Whom he loved and served. Susie and children and grandchildren, we are praying for you all that you will be strengthened by the Lord’s comfort as the days go forward. May He keep you in His Holy Spirit bubble and help you in everything you do.

  14. We of Hereford have truly lost a pillar of this community in Garth.
    Being a Hereford Native, through Nazarene Church of Hereford, First Financial Bank, and now finally Merrick Pet Care, Garth and his dear family’s legacy has had a huge impact on my own life.
    May the Lord give peace and joy to Susie and the family as they celebrate a life of giving back!

    Logan Taylor

  15. My heart has ached for you all in this season. To echo the words above- Garth has always been a model of who God wants us all to be. I rejoice that He’s with Our Father who undoubtedly welcomed Him with wide open arms and a smile. May our Merciful God envelope you all in the peace and comfort only He can provide. You all are thought of and well-loved by many.

  16. What a great example of a Christian, Husband, Father, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, American
    So sorry for your loss, Suzie, Teel, Tyler, Noelle, and Sloane. Your husband and dad was a good man! God bless you all!

  17. What an honor to have met Garth and Susie. Where? Several times and ALWAYS at nonprofit events! Jesus taught us to serve others. Excellent examples of such. Thank you, Susie and family, for sharing your Garth with all of us!! With loving appreciation, DJ

  18. Susie I wish I could send you the biggest hug ever. Garth and you have always been such generous people. Not only with money , but with your time and talents. In my eyes, you and Garth were so blessed to have each other and let God’s light shine through y’all. Thank y’all for your great example! Love and hugs!

  19. Merrick family I am so deeply sorry for the loss of Garth. So many of my parents stories include Garth and Susie. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  20. Praying that comfort and peace surround your precious family at this time. I am so sorry for your loss.

  21. So very sorry to hear about Garth! What a great Christian example he was! I met him through a mutual love of art & always enjoyed our time together. Will certainly be praying for the family.

  22. My deepest condolences to the entire family. I had the privilege of working for Mr. Merrick for many years , I am thankful he gave me the chance to start from filing to growing inside the company. I got to be around his family and see how much he loved them. He did not have to say it but he showed how his family was his importance.
    Prayers for his family to have the strength in this time of their lives.

  23. Susie thank you for sharing and encouraging your partner in life to live out his passion of helping others. His and your discernment and guidance that you offered me in my last year of high school and my first year of college changed my life. Thank you for showing mercy as Jesus does! I will never forget what you told me the day I was with the kids and knocked over the beautiful carousel horse. Susie, you gently guided Teel to not tell his father. You pointed out to me that after he has had something to eat and had time to settle down then you would find the right time to tell him. Boy how that lesson has guided me through life with three boys of my own!! I am praying that the peace of God will wash over you and the kids these coming days.

  24. Susie, we are sorry for the loss of Garth. We will continue to pray for you and the entire family. We are thankful for God’s comfort at this time. We are blessed to have know You, Garth and your Family at the Hereford Nazarene Church.

  25. Susie, we are sorry for the loss of Garth. We will continue to pray for you and the entire family. We are thankful for God’s comfort at this time. We are blessed to have know You, Garth and your Family at the Hereford Nazarene Chrurch.

  26. Our deepest condolences to the Merrick family.. Our prayers of comfort & strength are with Susie & family. Garth was a man of God. It was both an honor and privilege to work with him. I have wonderful memories of our trip to Italy. Having dinner at your house with Mario and Francesca from Milan, Italy. Remember the cat.

  27. Susie, I am so sorry to hear this for you and children. I remember so well how hard it is. But I am praising God for Garth to be in the presence of his Savior and Friend. Oh, if only we could see death from Heaven’s perspective. We will all join him before we know it…. “what a day that will be, when we see our Jesus face to face!!”Love and prayers to you and family,
    Pam Louder

  28. Susie and family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs of comfort and peace to you now and the coming days.

  29. We are so sorry for the loss of this incredible man, one of the Lords great warriors!
    Your family has and will continue to be in our prayers during this time. But praise be to heaven Garth is standing beside our Lord and savior Jesus Christ!
    We love your precious family!
    Bill and Dona Cherry

  30. Well done good and faithful servant. What an incredible family y’all are. The lives touched I’m sure are immeasurable. Susie my heart and prayers are with you.

  31. Our love and prayers to you and your family. Your family has touched Hereford in so many ways. Thank you!

  32. Susie and family, I am so sorry for the profound loss in your lives. I pray comfort and peace during the hard time. Love to all!
    Robin and Ben Leeah

  33. Susie, our prayers go out to you and to the entire Merrick family. We share in your loss, but we rejoice with you for an incredible life well lived. May God give you peace and comfort. You are all in our prayers.

  34. So sorry Susie! He was a wonderful man, as I’m sure u know. Our deepest condolences! But even though he’s in a better place I know you’ll miss him every day. God be with u!!!

  35. Our deepest condolences to the Merrick family. Our hearts are broken for your loss of Garth. Our prayers of comfort & strength are with Susie & family.

  36. What a wonderful life Garth used to glorify God and bless his wonderful family! He was a great example to follow.
    We are so sorry for your loss and are praying for you Susie and all of your family. May our Lord and Savior continue to bring you peace and understanding knowing that your love for Him will rest in you.

  37. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Garth was such a kind, generous man and will be remembered for his faithful service to all. Sending prayers of comfort to the family.

  38. Garth was a true servant of God. Kind and generous. What a blessing to know him. Our condolences to Susie and the family. Our days at Hereford Nazarene Church are cherished memories. ❤️💋🙏

    1. Susie, my love and prayers are with you and your family. I know what a great friend you and Garth have always been to Becky and Keith, I appreciate your love for them, they’re there for you always. Love and prayers, Ellen Thames

  39. Susie, you will be in my prayers always. I truly understand where you are and what you are going through. Would love to see you face to face. Love you

  40. Susie sorry for your loss. Sylvia and I are praying for you and your family. We will see Garth again maybe sooner than we think. He walking the golden streets of Heaven right now.

  41. I will never forget the kindness and generosity of Garth Merrick. Sending so much love to Susie, Noelle, Sloane, Teel, and Tyler and family

  42. My deepest condolences to Susie and the family. May God hold you all in the palm of His hand.

  43. So sorry for this huge loss. He was the most compassionate man, helping more people (and kids) than anyone I know. Will always cherish our friendship and hope the family can find some comfort in so many wonderful memories.

  44. Our most sincere condolences, to the family. Susie I know that we were one of the recipients of his giving, the way Andrew was helped with tuition to go to TFCA, and many other things you’ll did for him, we thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, we pray Gods sweet peace be over all your family! You’ll will continue to be in our prayers,
    Love from Andrew & Leticia De La Cruz ❤️❤️

  45. Garth was one of the kindest and most generous men I have ever met.
    He was a wonderful friend of my brother, Billy Diggs.
    Garth visited Billy in the hospital and prayed with him every day until his death.
    I know your hearts are breaking.
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  46. Ohh Suzie…I’m so sorry for your loss. But I know that all of you know he is whole, healed, joyful and has met his Lord and Savior. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Much love dear sister. Jesus is coming soon. It won’t be long now. I love you.

  47. Susie and family! My deepest condolences to each of you and your family! Garth was nothing short of amazing. He impacted so many of us in so many ways! He will be missed

  48. I am so sorry to hear of this news. I never met Garth, but knowing Susie and the precious woman she is, reflected the type of person he was. He must have been a wonderful man of God who loved and cherished his wife and family. We grieve with you here and rejoice with him that he is in the presence of Almighty God. I pray for overwhelming peace and healing for you all.

  49. Our thoughts & prayers for Susie & entire family. May God give you strength & faith. God Bless. Lisa Valdez Martinez & Family (Maria & Manuel Valdez daughter)

  50. Our hearts are broken but assured there was an incredible celebration in Heaven when Garth arrived face to face with Him!

  51. Susie and family, our prayers and comforting thoughts are with you at this time.
    Susan and Garland Coleman

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