Merlin and Rayone met at Lagoon Amusement Park where Merlin was a ride operator. They also attended Davis High School together. They were married in Bountiful on June 29, 1944. Merlin entered the Army Aircorps on July 1, 1944 and spent the rest of the war in the SouthPacific. On January 29, 1951 they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.
After they retired they did some traveling, but spent most of their summers at Sourdough Wilderness Ranch enjoying the wildlife.
They are the parents of five children: Tracy, Dwight, Nina, Leslie (deceased) and Wesley; 22 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.