Entered into Rest : December 12, 2012
Mervin “Merv” Royal Mack passed away peacefully, with his loving wife at his side, in the early morning hours on 12/12/12 at the age of 69 after a brief battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Nikki (Totten) Mack, daughter Karen (Mack) Trumbo, son-in-law Matthew Trumbo, step-sons Mark and Mike Barrett, step-daughter Michelle (Barrett) Weiss, step-son David Wilson, step-son Matthew Shrable and step-daughter Katy (Shrable) Munoz. He had a total of 17 grandchildren and step-grandchildren and a large extension of family and friends.
Merv was born on July 20, 1943 in Campbell, CA to Leon Floyd and Gertrude (Harris) Mack. He was the youngest of 7 children and a twin. Merv was proud of the fact that his father Leon served in the U.S. Army as a linesman for the Signal Corp in France during WWI and was awarded the Croix de Guerre medal. Later his father used what he learned in the Signal Corp to support his large family as an electrician.
After graduating Campbell High School in 1961, he attended San Jose City College. Merv then embarked on what would become a life-long career at Hewlett-Packard. He began in the packaging department in Palo Alto and worked his way to becoming a successful and well-respected Supply Chain Analyst. He had the privilege of meeting both Mr. Hewlett and Mr. Packard. He took an early retirement in 1986 to start a window business in Watsonville, CA. In 1994 he returned to HP in Roseville, CA until his second retirement in 2005. He continued working as a contractor for HP off and on until his death. He was respected throughout his career for his commitment to quality and his dedication to doing things “The HP Way.”
His greatest enjoyment in life was golfing. He especially liked playing at Turkey Creek Golf Course in Lincoln, and Black Oak Golf Course in Auburn. He was a fan of the Sacramento Kings and the San Francisco 49r’s. He also loved cooking, vintage cars and deep-sea fishing. In 1995 Merv enjoyed participating in creating and developing the Auburn Old Town Gallery in Auburn, CA with his wife and several local artists.
A private gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. He will be missed dearly.