Mervin was born December 23, 1928 in Wasco, California to Julius & Martha (Spingath) Nerling. He passed away with his beloved spouse by his side and his care team from Hospice on March 30, 2020 at the age of 91.
After high school Mervin went to Pomona College and graduated in 1951, he then joined the United States Navy in March of 1952 being honorably discharged as Lieutenant after serving 6 years during which he graduated from San Diego State in 1954. He met Marcia Walkey and they were married in San Diego, CA May 8th, 1954 together having 3 children. During his career he was in elementary education and administration. Places of employment include San Diego Elementary Schools: Ocean Beach, Bayview Terrace, Stockton, Johnson, Eugene Field, Charles Lindburgh and Revere. He was also the coordinator of "Project Follow Through" in San Diego. Mervin was a member of the San Diego Sun Harbor Barbershop Chorus, he and Marcia were members of Brooklyn Heights & La Jolla Presbyterian Churches. He enjoyed vintage books and newspaper collecting.
Left to mourn is his spouse of nearly 66 years, Marcia (Walkey) Nerling of Oregon, their daughter Diane and her spouse Greg Hewitt of Maine, their sons, David Nerling of Florida and Richard (Rick) of California along with 2 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and other family members and friends.
Services for Mervin are being delayed due to the COVID-19 virus and will be scheduled at a later date.
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