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Passing of Captain Merrill Bone (LODD)

November 3, 2021

Captain Merrill Bone

End of Watch – October 31, 2021

Gone, but not forgotten.

View obituary: Merrill Lloyd Bone – Larkin Mortuary

Unified Fire Authority | November 3, 2021:

UFA and the family of Captain Merrill Bone announce that Captain Bone’s funeral service – which is open to the public – will be held this Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 at Olympus High School (located at 4055 S. 2300 East in Holladay) at 11:00 AM. We ask that attendees come early and be seated by 10:45 AM.

A procession of family and fire apparatus will depart Larkin Mortuary (3688 W. 12600 South in Riverton) at 7:30 AM that morning and are expected to arrive at Olympus High School around 8:30 AM.

More details regarding the route and parking at the funeral service will be released as they are developed.

Unified Fire Authority | October 31, 2021:

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Unified Fire, Captain Merrill Bone.

Captain Bone passed away this evening due to complications with COVID-19. His passing will be recognized as a LODD (Line of Duty Death).

Captain Bone started his career with Salt Lake City Fire where he held the ranks of Firefighter and Paramedic. He was also a member of the Heavy Rescue Program and an active member of UTTF1 where he was deployed multiple times including NYC following the events of September 11, 2001.

Captain Bone retired from SLCFD, after 20 years, in 2006 and joined Unified Fire Authority shortly after as a Paramedic in August of 2006. During his career at Unified Fire, Captain Bone held the ranks of Paramedic and most recently Promoted to Captain, in 2013, and called Station 111 A in Magna, home.

While at Unified Fire, Merrill was a member of the Heavy Rescue Program and continued as an active member of the UTTF1 team.

Captain Bone has been a very influential member of the Fire Service not only to those in the Salt Lake Valley but Nationally. Merrill’s legacy will live on in the lives of those he helped mentor in his 35 years of dedication to the service of others.

Captain Bone, although you may be gone you will never be forgotten.

We ask that you keep his family in your thoughts at this difficult time.