Pioneering diver Ron Merker dies at 82

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Pioneering diver Ron Merker dies at 82

Postby spineshot » October 12th, 2014, 8:21 pm

It's with great sadness to report that my father, Ron Merker, has passed away. For those who didn't know him, here's what the papers wrote:

http://www.dailypilot.com/news/tn-dpt-me-1010-merker-20141009,0,1112800.story

For those who did know him, I can tell you he passed away at home with my mom (his wife for 59 years). Mom is fine, and the family celebrated his life this weekend as we laid him to rest forever in the ocean.

He was indeed a great husband, father, and grandfather, but to thousands of divers he was know mostly as an instructor. He taught diving (scuba, freediving, and spearfishing) for 35 years in Los Angeles and Orange County. Dad lived a wonderful life!

Below are a few of my favorite photos. Some of these you may have seen in articles over the last 60 years -- some even on the covers of magazines from back in the day (when there were diving magazines). Note the photos of the 16mm motion picture camera mounted to the long tom Sampson Speargun -- 60 years before the GoPro it was a lot harder to get those shots we all take for granted now!

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Re: Pioneering diver Ron Merker dies at 82

Postby Westbury » October 12th, 2014, 10:15 pm

Lance,
So sorry for your loss.
Your Father truly was a legend and pioneer.

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Re: Pioneering diver Ron Merker dies at 82

Postby dam » October 13th, 2014, 12:12 am

Lance, my condolences to you and your family. Although I'm a newcomer, I've heard a lot of cool stories about your dad. Those picture are amazing, by the way. Do you have any more to share?
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Re: Pioneering diver Ron Merker dies at 82

Postby Donzi Paul » October 13th, 2014, 2:01 am

The best....simply the best, so sad. He helped me in so many ways to be a better diver, never would have found the Neptune s without him.

Love to Lance and the family.

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Re: Pioneering diver Ron Merker dies at 82

Postby LandAndSeaKahuna » October 13th, 2014, 11:44 am

My condolences to you and your family.
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Re: Pioneering diver Ron Merker dies at 82

Postby Oscar » October 13th, 2014, 4:12 pm

My condolances to the family. Great photos/memories to remember him.
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Re: Pioneering diver Ron Merker dies at 82

Postby Bamz » October 13th, 2014, 7:48 pm

My families prayers are with you and your family Lance. I bought my first wetsuit from your dad when I was just 16. He was selling off the rental suits from the Newport store. I am sorry for your loss.
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Re: Pioneering diver Ron Merker dies at 82

Postby chris oak » October 14th, 2014, 7:25 pm

Lance I still remember seeing your pops in books. Your dad passed down more than history to you and your son, I'm very very sorry for your loss.
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Re: Pioneering diver Ron Merker dies at 82

Postby Hookin » October 14th, 2014, 9:58 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers go out to you and your family. Those are some amazing pictures of your father and family.
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Re: Pioneering diver Ron Merker dies at 82

Postby AJP » October 16th, 2014, 12:48 pm

Sorry to hear about the loss of your father, sir.

Thank you for sharing these awesome photos. It seems that your father was indeed a legend.
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Re: Pioneering diver Ron Merker dies at 82

Postby jimikinz » April 15th, 2015, 5:02 pm

My Condolences. Prayers to you and yours. Your dad was a legend indeed.
Thanks,
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