Jay Merkley

Profile Updated: December 22, 2015
Jay Merkley
Residing In: Pocatello, ID USA
Spouse/Partner: Ann
Occupation: Health and Kinesiology, Faculty, Texas A&M,Retired
Children: Jennifer, born 1972,
Rhondi, born 1974,
Kimberly, born 1976,
Michael, born 1986,
Yes! Attending Reunion

First, I need to clear up something. My father's name is Jay, so I have always gone by the name my grandfather gave me, which is Smokey.
I Served a mission for my church from 1964 to 1966.
Lived in Madrid, Spain while attending the University of Madrid, and visited most of the European countries during the Fall of 1968 and the Winter and Spring of 1969.
Attended Ricks College and BYU, graduating in 1970
Certified as NAUI Scuba Instructor, Summer, 1970
Married Ann Wilson 1971
Terminal degree earned 1974,Health and Kinesiology, Kanas State University
Joined the Faculty of Heath and Kinisiology at Texas A&M University, 1975.
Designed Self Defense class at Texas A&M University, and wrote the text.
Served as Boxing coach for the Texas A&M University Intramural Boxing club.
Volunteer Patrolman for College Station, Texas Police Dept. 1995-2000.
Texas DPS CCW Instuctor, 1996-2000.
Retired August 2000.
Returned to Pocatello, September, 2000.
Started Health and Nutrition home business upon arrival back in Pocatello.
Spend most of my time skiing, mountain biking, hunting and soaking in the hot pots at Lava Hot Springs.
I now write a weekly column for the outdoor section of the Idaho State Journal.

School Story:

I missed most of the first nine weeks of my Junior year due to a motorcycle accident in Ross park. Spent several weeks at Holy Cross Hospital in SLC after neuro-surgery. Returned to school first part of December 1962.
My father repaired the bike and sold it.
I finally bought another one after graduate school, and had to hide it whenever my parents came to Texas to visit us.
I no longer ride motorcycles. When my son wanted a motorcycle, I said no, and sold mine.

Bucket List

I have been fortunate enough to have done and seen most of what I would include on a bucket list.
Right now I'm working on Annie's wish to see New Zealand.
Once Annie's wish is fulfilled, I would like to return to Spain, and show her Iberia.
I have hunted most of the places I wanted to hunt, but my son and I both would like to do a twenty day safari in South Africa or the Okavango if we can swing it.
First, I need to take Annie to New Zealand, then I'll see about returning to old haunts.

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Apr 12, 2019 at 2:33 AM
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Posted on: Apr 05, 2019 at 11:01 AM

Have a fantastic & wonderful time on your '74 birthday hugs Bo--jangles

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Posted on: Mar 04, 2019 at 1:43 PM

Dr. Douglas Orchard passed away last Thursday. He was in our graduating class. Did you know him?

Mar 04, 2019 at 6:12 AM

Dr. Douglas Orchard, of Eagle, Passed away last Thursday. He was in our graduating class at Poky High. Did you know him?

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Mar 02, 2019 at 10:33 AM

I was sorry to hear of Doug's passing. We lived next door to each other on Purdue, for two years. before my family moved south of town.

We continued to be friends throuout high school but I lost track of him after high school.

He was was always upbeat and friendly and and a pleasure to be around.

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Oct 29, 2018 at 7:39 AM
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Apr 12, 2018 at 8:19 PM

Thanks for the birthday wish Eilene. It doesn't seem that long ago that we were growing up South of town, but when I sit long enough to think about it, a lot has happened since then.
I really need to sit more, but I don't think it will ever happen. Now that my wife has retired she keeps dragging me to Texas, North Dakota Spring Creek , Nevada, and Reedsport Oregon to see the kids.
I've been trying to get back to Spain and we might make it since Annie has been looking into a trip to Europe.

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Dec 22, 2015 at 8:32 AM
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Dec 22, 2014 at 6:35 AM

Congratulations Mark. I look foreword to hearing about your efforts in the legislature.