Steven Dean Merrell


Steven Dean Merrell

Steven Dean Merrell came into this word calmly on Sept. 27, 1982, in Las Cruces, N.M. He left this world on Jan. 3, 2023, in Las Cruces.

He was raised in Belen, and was a graduate of Belen High School class of 2001. He loved video games and he loved learning new things. By the time he was 15, he had built his own computer and would host marathon computer “LAN games” with his friends, showcasing his engineering abilities.

He moved to Las Cruces to attend NMSU, where he studied writing and literature. He traveled to many places and lived in Japan for semester to teach English and learned to love the Japanese culture.

He made Las Cruces his home, and quickly adopted many dogs to give them a home. Steve was quirky, smart and a sweet soul. He was an avid writer and loved reading.

Steve was an interesting man, had a great sense of humor, and he sure loved his family and his dogs.

He is a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend. Our hearts are broken now, and his family’s fervent hope is that he asked Jesus to be with him at the end. We miss him, we love him, and there will never be anyone like our Stevie Wonderful.

Steve is survived by his parents, Michael and Mary Merrell, of Albuquerque; his brother, Kyle Merrell, of Albuquerque; his sister, Michelle Berry and her husband, Dante Berry, and children, Johnye, Logan and Santino, of Los Lunas; his brother, Michael Merrell Jr. and his wife, Laura Merrell and son, John, of Albuquerque; his sister, Meredith Schupp and her husband, Eric Schupp and children, Samantha and Cooper, of Chicago, Ill. Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

All services were held at the Legacy Church East Campus, 4701 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 505-864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

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