John Dalton Merchant

June 25, 2013 • Obituaries


Funeral services will be held [auth] for John Dalton Merchant, 40, of Roswell, at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Anderson- Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Reception to follow at the Roswell Elks Club Lodge. John passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2013.

John was born June 24, 1972, to John D. Merchant III and Mary Sanford Merchant in Phoenix, Ariz.

He loved water and snow skiing, rock climbing, and repelling. He was a wonderful person who loved helping others and did volunteer work for the Boy Scouts of America, the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, the Boys & Girls Club and sat on the Public Relations and the Academic Institute committees while working for Roswell Job Corps. He was a member of Chamber of Commerce Red Coats, the Southeastern Community Development Workforce board and Lion’s Club. He was a former member of Boy Scouts Troop 86 where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1987. He was an active member of Keep Roswell Beautiful board, and Elks Lodge #969.

John is survived by his wife Charlee Merchant; his daughter Paige Merchant; his son Dalton Merchant; father Dick Merchant, of Carlsbad; sister Carolyn Kehrman and her husband Bobby, of Tenn., and nieces Alexandra, Kylie and Sandy Kehrman, of Tenn.; nephews Steve, Isaac, Caleb and Zeke Kehrman, of Tenn.; father- and mother-in-law John and Pam Ranson, of Capitan; brother-in-law John Ranson and his wife Tammy, of Carlsbad; nephews Elijah Davis and Jonathon Ranson, of Carlsbad; niece Brianna Ranson, of Carlsbad and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

John is preceded in death by his mother Mary Sanford Merchant.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to; Conquistador Council Boy Scouts of America, 2603 N. Aspen, Roswell, NM 88201 or Commemorative Air Force, PO Box 62000, Midland, TX 79711-2000.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online registry book at

Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

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