Fred Meyer’s Gary Merrill retiring, served more than 40 years in the grocery produce businessJan 28th, 2016 | By vgrieve | Category: On the Move
Note: Following is the tribute from Gary Merrill’s family honoring him for his upcoming retirement:
After more than 40 years of dutifully providing the good people of Pocatello with juicy apples and crisp carrots, Gary Merrill is hanging up his produce manager’s apron and retiring. His friendly smile has been a customer favorite at Pocatello’s Fred Meyer for the past 14 years, and his aspiration of supplying his customers with the highest quality of fresh produce was well known.
Gary’s journey in the grocery produce business started in high school at Okays grocery store on Main Street, where he worked as a shelf stock boy before moving into produce. After graduating from ISU in ’74 with a dual degree in business management and marketing and organization, he briefly detoured into banking and sales with Campbells Soup. A few years later, he took a job as produce manager with Smith’s Food and Drug, where he moved from the Idaho Falls to Custer to Chubbuck to Pocatello locations until Kroger opened the new Fred Meyer location on Yellowstone Avenue.
Although Gary is stepping away from the produce business, his retirement is merely a door closing so a new one can open. Gary is excited to be joining the truck driving team at Winfield as a PT hauler and is looking forward to cruising the highways of southern Idaho and working with produce and farmers in the agriculture business. He will also spend his free time riding his Harley Road King with wife Shannon and the members of the Harley Group, traveling and camping, watching his 11 grandkids play sports and dance, volunteering at his church in various callings and maybe hitting a golf ball or two. Gary and Shannon are very excited to start this new season of their lives together.
Gary’s exemplary work ethic and dedication to his family and employer is something that his four daughters respect and deem as most admirable about him. Mecinna (Jared) Price, Jodi (Sean) McHugh, Cassia (William) Myers and Hailey Merrill would like to tell their father how proud they are of him and that they are very grateful for his hard work and example. Shannon would like to tell him her “Honey-Do” list is on the fridge.