Aug. 28, 1947 — Dec. 23, 2017

Scott Randall Merkley passed away on Dec. 23, 2017, in the comfort of his home, and in the company of his devoted and loving partner, Nick Poepping.

Scott was born Thomas Scott Randall on Aug. 28, 1947, in Longview, Washington. His father was Melvin Randall and his beloved mother was Joy Jamieson Merkley. Scott was raised in the towns of Eureka and Terra Linda, California, where he graduated from high school in 1965.

He went on to serve in the Navy for four years, which took him to Spain, Cyprus and Israel.

After his service, Scott served in the San Francisco Police Department before a long and varied career in hospitality. Scott lived in Gearhart and Seaside, Oregon, since the late 1990s. He was a man of wide and diverse knowledge, with a particular interest in history and politics.

He is survived by his longtime partner, Nick Poepping, of Seaside, Oregon. He is also survived by a brother and his sister, Cynthia Ayat, as well as his three nephews, Jason, Daniel and Michael Ayat, who always admired him and thought the world of him.

Plans to have a celebration of Scott’s life will be announced and posted to the living tribute at Hughes-Ransom Mortuaries website once the details have been arranged. For now, you may visit the site to sign the online guest book, share a treasured memory or upload pictures or videos at and

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