Merle has a commitment to people and his community. Although retired from the Fire Service, he is active in the Emergency Management arena in preparing people to be assets, and not liabilities, during times of major emergencies and disasters. In his many years in the fire service, he saw first hand the horrific results of lighting candles during power outages. Knowing that there was a better way, he has worked tirelessly to increase awareness and to provide products and services to minimize the dangers and risks during an emergency event.
Merle graduated from the Evans School of Management at the University of Washington. Merle resides in Puyallup, Washington with his wife of 47 years. He and his wife enjoy boating and spending time with their grandchildren.