March 18, 1960 - October 31, 2021
David Alan Merriweather, 61, passed away on October 31, 2021 at home in Eden Prairie, MN, surrounded by his loving family. David was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2016 and received excellent care from the Mayo Clinic and the Fraeunshuh Cancer Center. He withstood many rounds of treatment, bouncing back each time with courage and humor, and grateful to have more time with his wife Mariela and their wonderful daughters Brenda and Isabella. David was adored by his family and friends and we are heartbroken that he is now taken from them. David was born on March 18, 1960 in Lawrence, KS. He was a life-long devoted University of Kansas fan and often wore a Jayhawk on his jacket or shirt. Few things made him happier than hearing a fellow KU fan call out 'Rock Chalk' as they passed in an airport or on the street. He visited the campus and attended games while growing up and as a student years later, lived in a dormitory that his grandfather helped to build. He earned a BS in Chemistry from KU, an MBA from the University of Minnesota and an MS in Food Safety from Michigan State University, where he later became an instructor of Fundamentals of Animal Food Safety. David and Mariela met while working for Cargill and married on the beach in Maui, HI. David's greatest joy was his time with Mariela, Brenda, and Isabella. For many years they traveled to different locations in Europe every Spring, and also returned many times to Mariela's home city of Lima, Peru. These trips often included extended family, who now have countless stories of David's knowledge of places and history, funny travel mix-ups, and always good food and wine. David started his career at Cargill, Inc. in Hutchinson, KS in 1985, later moving to Watkins Glen, NY and then Minneapolis, MN. He was Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety and traveled extensively for his work, to Latin America, Europe, and Asia. He fully embraced the international aspects of his work. Following his career at Cargill, David was Director of Quality Assurance for Chobani Yogurt and most recently was the Director of Global Supply Chain for Ciranda, Inc. David was much loved by his colleagues, and known for his kindness, intelligence, grace, and humor. His family is grateful for the enormous kindness and support shown by David's colleagues and friends during his illness. David's interests and loves were diverse and deep. There were no details that did not interest him and he developed a storehouse of knowledge, not just about his work and business, but about music, literature, science, politics, and history. His family all benefited; he was their walking, talking Google search. David dabbled in ham radio most of his life and earned his Extra Class License from the Federal Communications Commission in 2020, with the handle N2RSC. His favorite book was The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and his favorite author was Earnest Hemingway. He loved the jazz music he learned in high school and at KU, playing tuba and sousaphone in the band and bass bugle in the Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps. He also loved classical music and was introduced by Mariela to Latin artists, attending concerts all over the country and in Peru. David quickly embraced any interests shown by his family and friends. We remember his quick wit, his infectious laugh, and his avid attention to the needs of others. He was the smartest, kindest, funniest man we knew. David was preceded in death by his father Terry L. Merriweather. He is survived by his wife Mariela Ampuero and daughters Brenda (Peter) Brinkhaus and Isabella Merriweather; mother Nita Cleveland Merriweather; sisters Ruth Ann Dorrill, Sue (Roger) Parks, and Sarah (Patrice Lyke) Merriweather; family-in-law Maximo and Rosario Ampuero, Ivon (Luis Perales) Ampuero, and Gina Ampuero; nieces Valerie and Natalie Parks, Tenley (Ryan) Dickey; nephews Ethan and Hank Young, and Lucas and Mateo Perales Ampuero and Penner and Ben Lyke. Visitation will take place at St. Therese of Deephaven, 18325 Minnetonka Blvd., Wayzata, MN 55391 on Friday, November 12th at 10AM CST followed by a funeral service at 11AM CST, which will also be livestreamed via www.st-therese.org. Burial will follow the funeral service at the Groveland Cemetery, 3300 Woodlawn Ave, Wayzata, MN 55391. Donations in David's remembrance may be made to the American Cancer Society online at www.cancer.org or by phone 1-800-227-2345.
David Alan Merriweather, 61, passed away on October 31, 2021 at home in Eden Prairie, MN, surrounded by his loving family. David was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2016 and received excellent care from the Mayo Clinic and the Fraeunshuh Cancer... View Obituary & Service Information
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