JOPLIN, Mo. – Brian D. Merrill, age 47, of Joplin, Missouri, died April 1, 2014. In the last few days of his life, he was surrounded by family and friends.

Brian was born April 1, 1967. He grew up in Fort Dodge and graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High in 1985. Brian was married to Nancy Hanson from 1988 to 2007. They had one son, Nicholas. Brian married Julie Davitt in 2011. He was a very devoted husband and father. He lifted the spirits of everyone around him with his smile and his humor.

Brian is survived by his wife, Julie, of Joplin, MO; his son, Nicholas of Omaha, NE; his parents, Richard (Maureen) Merrill of Fort Dodge and Sue (Rod) Porter of Monroe, Iowa; his brothers, Mike (Alicia) Merrill of Wichita, KS; Matthew (Kim) of Lake Crystal, MN; his nieces and nephews; his grandparents, Tom and Lee Merrill of Fort Dodge. He was preceded in death by his brother, Steven.

A memorial service will be held in Joplin, MO on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm.