Name: Merle James MARCEAU
_AKA: Aa-so-ta-ko (Comes Around in a Good Way)
Birth: 4 JUN 1953
Death: 2 MAR 2005 of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Burial: Willow Creek Cemetery, Browning, Glacier, Montana
Reference Number: Taf:50+>211>2931
!OBITUARY: From the Glacier Reporter Wednesday, March 9, 2005 3:03 PM MST
Change Date: 18 MAR 2013 at 18:32:16 1
Merle James Marceau
Merle James Marceau, 51, a licensed chemical dependency counselor and Marine veteran, died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis early Wednesday morning, March 2, at his home in Browning. Merle's Indian name was Aa-so-ta-ko (Comes Around in a Good Way). Merle was very proud of his Indian heritage and actively participated in sweats and other traditional ceremonies. He was very proud of his sobriety and his desire to further his education, and he turned his life completely around by accomplishing both.
Merle is survived by his wife, Liz Sherman; his mother, Bonnie Lytle; his brothers, Alan Edward Marceau and Brian Marceau; his sisters, Marla Augare, Noma Lee and Wanda Marie Marceau; his uncle and aunt DeMerle and Jan Fitzpatrick; and numerous nieces and nephews. His father, Merlin "Dutch" Marceau, preceded him in death.
Merle earned his Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology/addictions from Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Ore. in June 2001. He specialized in mental health/addiction counseling. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Marylhurst University, Portland, Ore. in 1998, and earned his Associate of Applied Science in chemical dependency counseling from Clark College, Vancouver, Washington in 1996.
Merle's professional experience includes student wellness/character education/visions coordinator at Browning Public Schools from Feb. 28, 2002, to November 2003, when he had to resign due to his health; mental health/substance abuse counselor at the Native American Rehabilitative Association (NARA), Portland, Ore., from Aug. 2001 to Feb. 15, 2002; mental health intern at Department of Veterans Affairs, Career Experience Program, Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash.; and intern, substance abuse counselor at the John Owens Recovery House, Vancouver, from March to June, 1996.
A few of his many academic achievements include the dean's list at both Clark College (3.7 GPA) and Marylhurst University (3.7 GPA); Alaskan Indians Native American Scholarship, 1996; Philip and Penny Knight Opportunity Fund Scholarship 1997-98; Veteran's Administration Multicultural Diversity Award, 2002; Good Conduct Medal; Expert Rifle Badge; and Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps.
He served on the advisory committee to the Chemical Addiction Rehabilitation Services (CARS) Program located at the Veterans Administration, Vancouver; a color guard with the Northwest Indian Veterans Association; and also the vice-chairman of the Native American Association at Clark College, Vancouver.
Merle James Marceau was a very outgoing, people person. He was cordial and friendly to everyone he met; both young and old people like him. He was an advocate for the children, the elderly and for preserving the Blackfeet language and culture. Every program that Merle James worked for benefited greatly from his ability to treat individuals from different backgrounds with great dignity and respect. Merle James always maintained professionalism and fairness in his dealings with students, parents and people in the community. Merle was an avid bingo player, and he traveled to all of the various Indian casinos just to play. Merle attended car shows and entered his 1966 Ford Fairmont. He liked to read and travel. He will be missed by all of those who knew him.
Rosary was held Friday, March 4, at the Old Eagle Senior Citizens Center. Mass was held Saturday, March 5, at the Little Flower Catholic Church. Burial followed in the Willow Creek Cemetery. Day Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Father: Merlin Edward "Dutch" MARCEAU b: 5 JAN 1932
Mother: Bonnie J. LYTLE b: 27 FEB 1934
- Title: Terry D. Smith
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