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Big Bend National Park Q&A => From the Administrator... => Topic started by: Casa Grande on July 06, 2019, 08:01:32 PM

Title: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: Casa Grande on July 06, 2019, 08:01:32 PM
As many of you already know, Richard Merrill, the long-serving Global Moderator of Big Bend Chat died while hiking in Big Bend National Park on July 2. The cause of death is unknown at this time. Richard, a single father, is survived by his 15-year-old daughter. Weíve reached out through intermediaries to Richardís family about setting up a GoFundMe campaign to benefit Richardís daughter, and when the time is right and they are ready, we will begin the campaign. Weíll post details here on BBC. Meanwhile, please keep Richard and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

-House Made of Dawn

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Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: dprather on July 06, 2019, 08:51:34 PM
Thank you for working on this.
Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: lhdvries on July 08, 2019, 01:57:57 PM
Thks for working on this!!  I've been away for  long time, but was completely shocked o hear this.
Prayers for his  Daughter! & family.
Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: Vince T on July 09, 2019, 09:29:51 AM
Thanks for coordinating this.  Great honesty on the interview as well.  You are a good man and you've pulled a bunch of people together over the years.  I've been away for a while but will be checking back for information.
Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: jtemples on July 10, 2019, 05:59:33 PM
I haven't been on this site for a few months so I just learned of this.  My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.  I learned a great deal about BBNP from Richard's posting on this site.  Yes, please post the benefit details when available.  God Bless.
Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: Casa Grande on July 11, 2019, 05:39:20 PM
Richard Merrill's memorial service will be held at Clear Lake United Methodist Church at 2:00pm on Saturday, July 27th. The address is 16335 El Camino Real, Houston TX 77062.

Our family would like to send out a huge "Thank You" to everyone. We're truly grateful to know and hear about Richard's impact on your respective lives. At present, we welcome any and all sentiments via richard_merrill@yahoo.com.

In lieu of flowers, Richard's Big Bend Chat friends ask that donations for Jennifer's college fund be made via GoFundMe
 http://www.gofundme.com/richardmerrill

Or if you prefer, donations may also be made to the CLUMC Music Fund.

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Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: mule ears on July 11, 2019, 05:43:03 PM
I just donated, every bit will hep Jennifer's future.
Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: House Made of Dawn on July 11, 2019, 06:02:26 PM
The GoFundMe campaign appeal, written by Richardís brother Gordon, is a beautiful tribute to both Richard and his daughter Jennifer. I urge everyone to read it and contribute to the campaign. We all owe Richard a huge debt, and there was never a nicer guy or a more deserving daughter.

https://www.gofundme.com/richardmerrill


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Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: wotantx on July 11, 2019, 06:36:54 PM
I just donated.

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Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: jtemples on July 11, 2019, 08:22:41 PM
Can't agree more HMOD.  Thanks Casa.  God bless.
Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: House Made of Dawn on July 11, 2019, 09:02:38 PM
Can't agree more HMOD.  Thanks Casa.  God bless.

Yep. Ever since discovering BBC in 2016 and being inspired to return - after a long hiatus - to Big Bend as a solo off-trail hiker, every time Iíve read a BBC post introducing me to some place or aspect or bit of history of the park Iíve never heard of, and every time I connect with a fellow lover of Big Bend that I would never otherwise have known, or every time I walk back out of the park alive because of someone elseís spring report or bit of expert trail advice, I think of David and Richard and what theyíve built here, and Iím profoundly grateful. Giving a little to the memorial fund to honor Richard and his daughter is the least I can do.

https://www.gofundme.com/richardmerrill






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Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: wotantx on July 11, 2019, 09:32:41 PM
I shared the GoFundMe to a couple of Facebook groups. At least two people from them have donated.

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Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: jtemples on July 11, 2019, 09:50:19 PM
Can't agree more HMOD.  Thanks Casa.  God bless.

Yep. Ever since discovering BBC in 2016 and being inspired to return - after a long hiatus - to Big Bend as a solo off-trail hiker, every time Iíve read a BBC post introducing me to some place or aspect or bit of history of the park Iíve never heard of, and every time I connect with a fellow lover of Big Bend that I would never otherwise have known, or every time I walk back out of the park alive because of someone elseís spring report or bit of expert trail advice, I think of David and Richard and what theyíve built here, and Iím profoundly grateful. Giving a little to the memorial fund to honor Richard and his daughter is the least I can do.  Amen Brother. "LEAVE A TRACE - but only if it positively encourages, inspires, educates, and loves those in your God-given circle of influence".  That's my quote.  No patent needed.

https://www.gofundme.com/richardmerrill






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Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: TexasAggieHiker on July 11, 2019, 10:14:21 PM
Almost 3K so far.
Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: TheWildWestGuy on July 11, 2019, 10:57:43 PM
I just tried to donate but AX flagged my donation as a possible fraud alert with the company name "Emerging Market Transact"   seems unlikely paypal is using this name, anyone know?    I just want to make sure my donation goes to Jennifer not to fraudsters who may have hacked it.    TWWG
Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: PacingTheCage on July 12, 2019, 09:08:05 AM
This is what I received after donating earlier today:

ďYour donation will appear on your statement as WPY*DONATIONS FOR RICHARDĒ


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Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: TheWildWestGuy on July 12, 2019, 10:25:53 AM
I went ahead and donated, AX sent me a text alert with the main donation being billed as "EMERGING MARKET TRANSACTIONS" and the "tip" being billed as  " WPY WEPAY"  which is probably paypals %.   Casa Grande said his was billed the same way.  Seems a bit confusing but paypal is targeting India and other emerging markets.    Anyone else get this result?  This was as of 7/11-7/12.
Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: TheWildWestGuy on July 12, 2019, 10:35:29 AM
OK I figured it out,  it's the payment processor for my AX Card, also known as First USA Paymentech located in Salem NH.   So it's legit.
Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: Casa Grande on July 12, 2019, 10:47:51 AM
OK I figured it out,  it's the payment processor for my AX Card, also known as First USA Paymentech located in Salem NH.   So it's legit.

👍
Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: badknees on July 12, 2019, 01:09:33 PM
OK I figured it out,  it's the payment processor for my AX Card, also known as First USA Paymentech located in Salem NH.   So it's legit.

👍

Mine came back like this -  WPY*DONATIONS FOR RICHARD
Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: SA Bill on July 12, 2019, 09:54:04 PM
I just donated and the total is over $6000.00 now.
   Bill
Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: House Made of Dawn on July 12, 2019, 10:58:23 PM
I just donated and the total is over $6000.00 now.
   Bill




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Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: wotantx on July 13, 2019, 06:46:33 AM
Closing in on $6300 this morning.

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Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: GaryF on July 13, 2019, 04:54:41 PM
Donated.  Itís approaching $7000 now.
Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: mule ears on July 13, 2019, 05:50:29 PM
This is awesome, let's keep it up!   :You_Rock_Emoticon:
Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: rocketman on July 14, 2019, 10:56:31 AM
Just wow. I've been absent from the forum for a while, and was shocked and saddened to hear of Richard's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jennifer, as well as a small donation for her future.
Title: Re: Benefit to Richard Merrill's Daughter
Post by: sandersmr on July 15, 2019, 12:24:43 PM
Over $10,000 at this point!