LaDonna Jacobson Merkley

LaDonna Jacobson Merkley passed away peacefully on Monday, October 8, 2018, in Gilbert Arizona. LaDonna was born in Vernal Utah, on May 2, 1931. When she was 15 months old her mother passed away and LaDonna was taken in and raised by her loving Grandparents, Charles and Annie May Anderson.

She grew up in Vernal where she met the love of her life, Nyle, in 4th grade. They became sweethearts in high school and were married in 1951. Nyle and LaDonna were sealed for Time and All Eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. LaDonna loved and treasured her husband and sons. Nyle worked in various locations in the oil business. As a newlywed, she lovingly followed him all over Utah, Wyoming and Montana while they welcomed the arrival of their 3 sons. In 1967 Nyle took a job as a Drilling Foreman in Benghazi Libya and she joyfully followed him again, across the ocean, making their home first on the Island of Malta, then later in Libya. She found great joy raising her sons.

Nyle and LaDonna returned to the United States in 1982, where they lived in Utah, New Mexico and Texas. Then in 1997 Nyle and LaDonna settled in Mesa Arizona and were quick to make many new friends! LaDonna never met a person she didn’t like. She was always ready for a party, fun or lunch with her friends. She treasured her grandchildren and over the years had many of them live in her home, creating the most treasured memories. She will be missed immensely by her family and friends.

LaDonna was preceded in death by her husband Nyle, and son Monty J Merkley. She is survived by her sons, Bart N Merkley (Tiffany) of Warrenton, VA and Russell G Merkley (Luane) of Mesa, AZ. She also leaves behind her treasured grandchildren, Damy Buck, Annie Merkley, Bart Nyle Merkley Jr., Kristen Wilkerson, Charlotte Bleaking, Alexandra Merkley, Leilani Tetteh, Melissa Cotter, Maria Merkley, Jenni Cage, Spencer Jenkins, Amanda Gaede & MaKenna Andreopoulos and 14 wonderful great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her half-sisters, Jackie Loyola & Grace Jerman.

Her funeral will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Lindsay Ward building, 2618 Lindsay Rd, Mesa AZ, on Saturday October 13, 2018 at 11:00am. Viewing at 10:00am, with luncheon following. There will be another funeral to be held at Ashley Valley Funeral Home, 410 800 W. St. Vernal Utah, on Friday October 19, 2018 at 11:00am. Viewing for family at 10:30am. Interment will be at the Vernal City Cemetery in Vernal Utah.


Steve Evans

Steve’s Broadcast Career began in 1985. He has experience working in markets such as Salt Lake City, Springfield Mo, Albuquerque N.M., Wichita Ks, and Saint George, Utah. Since 1994 Steve has raised a family and lived in Vernal and is proud to call North Eastern Utah home. A Regan Republican since 1980, Steve is a champion of conservative values both social and political. Holding firm to these values in business has been a philosophy that has served KVEL, and the communities it serves, well. He writes human interest stories about local community members  on "Round the Town."