Merrill Wayne Smith

Merrill Wayne Smith

November 27, 1951 - September 29, 2023

Merrill Wayne Smith

November 27, 1951 - September 29, 2023


Merrill Wayne Smith
November 27, 1951 – September 29, 2023
Orange, CA


Merrill Smith was born on November 27, 1951 in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania to parents Wayne and Olive Smith. He passed away in Orange, California on September 29, 2023. In 1994, he and his partner, Joanne Knoblock, moved from New Jersey to Pinewood Street in Orange. Merrill is preceded in death by his partner Joanne after 30 years together. He is survived by his daughter, step-daughter, step-son, sister and four step-grandchildren.

Merrill was a proud Michigan State alum, avid Angels and Ducks fan, adept Poker and Black Jack player and a licensed pilot. Throughout his life, he was fascinated with wildlife and animals and renowned by his friends and family as a marvelous griller.

His memorial service will be held at O’Connor Mortuary’s Laguna Hills Chapel, 25301 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 on Tuesday, October 17th at 10:00am.


Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: October 17, 2023 (10:00 AM)
  • Venue: O'Connor Mortuary Chapel

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3 responses to Merrill Wayne Smith

  1. Gary knoblock jr says:

    So sorry for the lost for the man who loved my mother dearly. And Casey so sorry about dyour dad me and karie are here for you.

  2. Christine Laptosh/ Larry Krainski says:

    I am at a loss for words. I am deeply saddened for this loss. Merrill was a special guy. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  3. Peggy Walters says:

    Worked with great guy for several years; he was a fabulous client. Also was his guest a Ducks game. Loved good wine and that was always a topic. So sorry for this loss.

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