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Merrill Creed Bylund

Dec. 5, 1941 - Jan. 4, 2023

Date of Service: Jan. 9, 2023

RUPERT – Merrill Creed Bylund, beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 4, 2023, surrounded by his family. He was 81 years old. He was born Dec. 5, 1941, THE son of Henry Creed and Ila Faye Law Bylund in Payson, Utah.

He married Cecil Bybee from Grantsville, Utah, Dec. 19, 1960. With her, they had five children, Tina (Robert) Miller, Launi (Clay) Rasmussen, Leisa Faye (who died in infancy), Shelly (David) Perkes, and Mike (Debby) Bylund. Sadly, Cecil passed away Oct. 28, 1996. He later met and married June Ann Catmull of Rupert, on May 8, 1997. They were the love of each other’s lives, they healed each other’s broken hearts and built a life of eternal happiness. With his marriage to June, his family grew by five more children, Gary (Kim) Tyler, Robin Johnson, Michelle (Jamie) Gilchrist, Brent (Hailey) Tyler, and Vicki (Rich) Parkin. He consistently stated, “I don’t do step this or step that. I have 9 children.” He demonstrated his love for all of them. They were his.

He proudly served as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps where he received the Good Conduct Medal. After serving his country, he spent the majority of his career in the sales industry. Following his retirement, he worked as a substitute teacher for Cassia School District and loved working at the Cassia Regional Technical Center.

He had a special connection to all the beauties of nature and spent as much time as he could in the mountains and desert with his wife, family and friends. He enjoyed the splendor of the sunrises and sunsets. He was an avid outdoorsman having a love for hunting, fishing, archery and camping/4-wheeling. As a young child, he raised and trained hawks, and later raised exotic birds and deer. He was an amazing craftsman, with talents for knife making, taxidermy, scrolled eggs and wood carvings. He had a beautiful singing voice, played guitar and occasionally wrote his own songs. He was particularly adept at sharing his talents and teaching others.

He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission with his wife at the Bishop’s Storehouse in Burley, and then as a temple worker in the Twin Falls Idaho Temple. He had a strong love for and testimony of the Savior. We know he had a joyous reunion with many loved ones who were anxiously waiting for him.

Through his unselfish love he was the perfect example of husband and father. He lived his life with a sense of humor, a contagious smile, integrity and passion. He taught us to work hard, play hard and, most of all, enjoy life! All who knew Merrill were richly blessed by his influence, friendship and most of all his love.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Cecil; a daughter, Leisa Faye Bylund; his father and mother-in-law, Robert Kenyon and Anna Catmull; as well as two brothers-in-law, Michael Reed and John Henry Catmull.

He is survived by his wife, June; nine children; one brother, Max (Laura) Bylund; two sisters, Maureen Bylund and Marilyn (Carla) Sanders-Phillapenis; as well as 25 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren – all of which filled his life with so much joy!

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, located at 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, where family and friends may call one hour prior to the service. Military rites will be provided by the Mini-Cassia Veterans Group. Burial will follow at Rupert Cemetery.

Condolences for Merrill Creed Bylund

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From DeAnn LowderDye:
June, I’m so very sorry to hear this sad news.
Condolences to you and your family.
From Idaho State Veterans Cemetery Blackfoot:
Rest in peace with honor and gratitude for your service.
From KAREN DILWORTH:
I knew Merrill and Cecil many years ago before I moved to Utah. I remember them both as good, fun people and thankful for the opportunity I had to get to know them. My condolences and love to the family.
From Kim Razee:
June, I am so sorry for your loss. Merrill was such a fun and happy man. I am very thankful and blessed for the privilege of knowing him. You two were so cute together!! My heart goes out to you in this time of sorrow. You are much loved June. Love you!!
From J David Burton:
Merrill was always present in my early life. We spent untold hours at out maternal grandparents I Stanton CA.
Tremendous loss of life well lived.
From Tina Powers :
I loved working with Merrill in the school system. He was an awesome substitute teacher. I will miss his sense of humor. Love you June
From Sharon Hatch:
June, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Merrill was one of the kindest, sweetest men I have even known. I know he left you with many wonderful memories to keep him alive in your heart.
Sending comforting prayers for you.
From Gale and Beth Wrigley:
Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. You are in our thought. He will be greatly missed.
From Linda Nay:
So sorry for your loss. My thought and prayers are with you.
From Tim/Andrea Jolley:
What a wonderful legacy Merrill made.
A fun, happy, talented, and resourceful guy. A great neighbor once a upon a time our heart felt sympathy to you June and both families.
From Pam Teeter:
What a great and good man! He was loved by those he worked with as well as the students he taught. Goldie and I love you, Merrill.
From Debbie Wilcox:
May you feel comforted and peace . You are in my thoughts and prayers. May beautiful memories carry you through difficult days.
From Candace:
RIP Merrill. We will miss you! Love your neighbors Brian and Candace Jones!
From Brenda Olsen:
I am so sorry for your loss . I could see how much he was loved when Robin spoke about him. May he rest in peace.
From Dawn Hymas:
Truly a joyful man. Loved him! The greatest sub ever!
From Diana and Dennis Warburton:
Thinking of you and your family, sorry for your loss.
From Shanna Legault:
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort to you and your families during this difficult time. If you need anything please reach out.
From Russell Bair:
I loved Merrill, he was a great sales manager at Goode Motor and cared about people

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