Merlyn A. Brusven

March 23, 1937-Aug. 6, 2014

Merlyn Brusven, of Genesee, Idaho, passed peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. He was surrounded by his loved ones at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle.

Merlyn and his surviving, beloved wife, Glenna, were married for 55 years. Their children are Laura Lynn of Colorado, Marcie (Gary) Gonser of Washington, and Paul (Annette) Brusven of Idaho. Their grandchildren are Hayden (James), Cheyanne (Eric), Zachary, and Jamie of Colorado, Nathan and Erica of Washington, Tessa and Cole of Idaho; and their great-grandchildren are Josiah and Kirra of Colorado.

Merlyn grew up in Columbus. Born on March 23, 1937, he was the oldest son of John and Dorothy Brusven (now deceased). He was very close to his brother, Lavern Brusven, of Bozeman, Mont., and sister, Luanna Peters, of Sausalito, Calif. He had fond memories of flying his father’s Piper Cub airplane.

He graduated from Columbus High School in 1955 and went on to earn a master of science degree at North Dakota State University, Fargo. After teaching two years at Friend’s University in Wichita, Kan., he earned a PhD from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. He began his career at the University of Idaho in 1965, as a professor of entomology. He enjoyed his many research projects, working with his graduate students and interaction with colleagues. After 33 years of service, he retired in 1998.

He launched into his retirement years passionately enjoying his many interests, including horses, gardening, fishing, hunting, lapidary work, playing piano and accordion, participation in church, family and maintaining many meaningful relationships.

“You will be missed here on earth but we celebrate your eternal presence in heaven with your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Merlyn’s memorial celebration will be hosted by the Moscow Church of the Nazarene (East 6th and Mountain View), in Idaho, at 11 a.m. on Aug. 30. A lunch reception will follow.