James Elliott Merrill was born in Phoenix Arizona on May 11, 1964. He is the son of Glen Eugene Merrill and Lorina Goodman Merrill of St. David, Arizona.
He was a graduate of St. David High School. After High School he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Argentina and Chicago Illinois. After his mission he moved to Chicago, Ill where He graduated from Lincoln Tech and worked as a heavy duty truck mechanic most of his adult life. He worked in Illinois, Texas and most recently for Freeport McMoran in Clifton, Arizona.
He is survived by his wife, Michelle Grigas Merrill of Clifton, Az, his mother, Lorina Goodman Merrill of St. David, his sons Matthew Merrill (Elizabeth Merrill) of Chicago, Ill, Christopher Watkins (Joanna Rigby-Jones) of Bangor Maine, Siblings Jeanie Hardwick (Russell Hardwick) of St. David, Az, Danny Merrill (Pennie Merrill) of Clifton, Az, Bobbi Johnson (Greer Johnson) of Colonia Juarez Mexico, Rodney Merrill (Jana Merrill) of Mesa, Az, and granddaughters Lily Watkins, Victoria Watkins, Gabriella Merrill and Makenzie Merrill with many nieces and nephews that loved him dearly.
Services will be held on June 9, 2021, at the LDS Church in Clifton, Arizona. 112 Riverside Dr, Clifton, Arizona.