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Merrick Pet Care Founder Garth Pierce Merrick Passes Away at 75


Press release: Merrick Pet Care

Merrick Pet Care recently announced that company founder Garth Pierce Merrick, 75, died on March 1, 2022. 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 9, 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 the couple would have celebrated their 45th year of marriage.

Garth founded Merrick Pet Care in his family kitchen in Hereford, Texas, back in 1988. That’s when he began home-cooking food for his beloved pets, to make sure they were eating the most wholesome and nutritious food possible.

Known for his strong values, Garth always recognized the importance of building community and giving back. He instilled these values into the company.

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 loved the city of Hereford, Texas, and loved investing in the community.

He was a lover of all kinds of animals – including his beloved dog, Gracie (pictured with Garth).

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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