Robert John Merlo, DVM

Robert John Merlo, DVM. Courtesy photo.
Robert John Merlo, DVM. Courtesy photo.

Robert John Merlo, DVM, was born November 7, 1941 and died August 14, 2015.

“Dr. Bob,” son of Esther & John Merlo, was San Mateo High School’s senior class president and distinguished himself as a fiercely competitive football and track athlete. Aka “Big Horse,” he set the SMHS Bearcat shot-put record in 1960 finishing second in the state of California. In 1962 he set the College of San Mateo record which stood for over 40 years. He was an inspiring volunteer coach in Illinois and Wyoming.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, his masters in microbiology & his doctor of veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He cared for family and large farm animals, comforted their owners and adopted countless abandoned/disabled pets in his homes in Oregon, California, Illinois and Wyoming before assisting his daughter Dr. Rebecca Black establish her veterinary practice in Murrieta, Calif.

His athletic, academic, professional and civic achievements paled in comparison to the ferocity of his charismatic warmth and compassion. He was uniquely inclusive, making close friends as easily as breathing.

He is dearly loved by the family he leaves behind: sisters Judy Grosey and Tina Brenner; sons Scott, Bert and Michael; daughter Becky Black, and grandchildren James, Reilly, Charlie, Liam, Kaylee, Brooklyn and Addalyn.


2 Responses to "Robert John Merlo, DVM"

  1. Patricia Pempek   August 22, 2017 at 9:04 am

    It saddens me greatly to know I did not keep in touch with this man I worked for and considered a friend.
    I have thought of him often and life continued without a goodbye.
    Goodbye Dr. Bob Merlo ….. I will continue to remember you fondly, may you forever watch over your family and Rest In Peace .


  2. Beth Ratkowski   October 21, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Dr Merlo was an amazing man and vet. He took wonderful care of my golden retrievers. Dr Merlo explain thing well and gave choices for your dogs care and had a wonderful perspective. He will be missed.


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