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Merlin M. Machut

May 2, 1950 — January 18, 2024

Highland Ranch, CO



Merlin M. Machut, 73, passed away unexpectedly on January 18, 2024, from natural causes at his home in Highlands Ranch, CO.   Merlin was born May 2, 1950, in Algoma, WI, to the late Melvin and Eleanor (Bitzan) Machut.  He lived in Alaska, WI, graduating from Kewaunee High School in 1968. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the Marines and began his 23 year military career with two tours in Vietnam and deployment in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  He was stationed at various bases including Camp Pendleton, Cherry Point, 29 Palms and Point Mugu. After an Honorable Discharge with the rank of Gunnery Sergeant, Merlin continued his career with employment at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics working on military projects until his retirement. We thank him for his service to our country.

Cars were his passion.  Merlin was gifted with the ability to restore vintage vehicles, especially Corvettes. He participated in trips with his buddies to Red River and Sturgis on his Harley. The owners and regulars at his favorite bar, Alibi’s, were happy to call him a friend and part of their family for many years. His wife, Diane, introduced him to a shared love of having Pomeranian dogs as pets.

Surviving Merlin are his partner Annette Fernandez, brother Mark (Cindy) Machut, Luxemburg, WI, sister Margery (Bob) Hintzke, Franklin, WI, and sister, Marlene Machut, Kewaunee, WI, son Hao (Thao) and granddaughter, Sophia, stepdaughter Nichole, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Merlin was preceded in death by his wife, Diane Machut, his stepson, Paul, and sister, Miki Machut Greaves. 

A Military Service with Honors is pending with the assistance of All Veteran’s Funeral and Cremation, Centennial, CO. 

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