Merrick Everett Betterton

2020 ~ 2022


3688 West 12600 South, Riverton, Utah
Jun 14, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


3688 West 12600 South Riverton, Utah
Jun 15, 2022 10:00 AM

Funeral Service

3688 West 12600 South, Riverton, Utah
Jun 15, 2022 11:00 AM

Funeral Service - Virtual Attendance

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Jun 15, 2022 11:00 AM

Graveside Service

Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery

Merrick Everett Betterton passed away on Thursday, June 9th, 2022, at the age of two, surrounded by loved ones at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Merrick was born to parents Gavin Tanner and Breanne Emily Miller Betterton on Saturday, March 14th, 2020. Carrying on the family tradition, Merrick’s name came from Irish roots meaning Ruler of the Sea. Just as his name suggests, from the very second Merrick entered this world he was a fighter, born prematurely at 34 weeks gestation, while only measuring at the gestational development of 29 weeks. With his parents by his side, Merrick progressed quickly and after sixteen days in the NICU, he was able to go home. Due to the pandemic, this was the first time that Merrick was able to meet his big brother, Liam, who had eagerly awaited the arrival of his built-in best friend. The brothers have been inseparable ever since, spending every moment of the day playing together. Liam was the first person Merrick asked for each morning, just as Merrick was the first person Liam wanted. They were always so excited to begin their playful adventures each day.

The world has not known a happier or more loving child than Merrick. It was a rare occasion that Merrick did not have a large, contagious smile on his face. He absolutely loved mac & cheese, playing outside, dancing to music, shoes, and dressing up as knights, dragons, and superheroes with his brother, Liam. He loved tending to his two pet dogs, Oliver and Fenrir “Fenny,” by helping to hold their leash on walks, giving them treats, and extra snuggles. More than anything, Merrick loved his mom and dad. He was not shy to express this as he gave a hundred spontaneous hugs and kisses to them throughout the day.

There are no words to express the pain so many will feel from Merrick’s loss. We wish we had many more years to get to know his sweet soul, but we are so grateful for the time we had with him. The joy he has brought to the lives of his family and friends was immeasurable. While we are saddened deeply by the short time we had with Merrick, we find comfort in knowing that he will forever be in our hearts.

Merrick was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Larry H. Miller; great-grandparents, Michael and Marilyn Betterton; grandfather, Roger L. Miller; cousin, Jaxon Rollins; great-grandmother, Carolyn Grange Arnold; and grandfather, Mark Lewis.

Merrick is survived by his parents, Breanne and Gavin; brother, Liam; grandparents Cami, Connie (Rick), Kevin, Cheri; and his great-grandparents, Barry, and Gail (Kim). Merrick has twenty aunts and uncles, fourteen cousins, and numerous extended family members.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 15th, 2022, at Larkin Mortuary – Riverton, 3688 West 12600 South in Riverton, UT. A visitation will be held at the same location on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, from 6-8 PM as well as Wednesday prior to the funeral services beginning at 10 AM. Interment will follow services at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery located at 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, UT.

To watch the previously held funeral services, please click the "Watch Services" link above.


Sweet little angel Merrick has returned to the Kingdom of God.
My sincere condolences, love, and prayers to Gavin, Breanne, Liam, Gail, and the entire family. May the Lord give you peace and comfort in your hearts.
Mireya Saxton

- Mireya Saxton

Gavin, Breanne, and Liam. Our hearts go out to you. You are in our prayers. May you feel the love, peace and comfort of our Savior during this difficult time. Becci and Dave Scott

- Becci and Dave Scott

On behalf of myself and family, we are sending you all our Love, thought and prayers. May you be comforted in God’s Love’ Strength and Peace during this most difficult time.

- Laurie Valmonte (Duane Hochberger’s daughter)

I’m so very sorry for this loss. I was the chaplain on call when he was brought in to the Salt Lake City hospital. One thing I know for sure, that precious little boy was surrounded with love

- Terresa Newport

Sending you my deepest condolences upon the passing of your beautiful little boy. I’m sorry for your loss. May the angels stand with you at this time.

- Lora Chisholm and children


We love you! We miss you so much and hope that you find peace. We will always remember and cherish the wonderful playdates and vacations we had together. Rest in peace ❤️

- Tyson, Bree, and Mila Miller

So sorry to hear about Merrick. It is so hard to go through loosing a child. His memory will always linger on. Our only comfort comes from knowing that he is in Heaven with his Loving Heavenly Father who also gave His Son.
You will see him again and be able to raise him in the next world.
May Lord's Blessings be with you
Ela Dee Alcorn

- Ela Dee Alcorn

Gavin, Breanne, and Liam. My heart goes out to you. I am keeping you all in my prayers. My hope is you find comfort during this difficult time. All our love, Kristi & Darin

- Kristi Atkinson

Dear Gavin, Breanne, and Liam,

All of you have been in our thoughts and prayers since learning of Merrick's tragic accident. I know words cannot ease the grief you are experiencing, so we will pray that you will feel Merrick's presence and find joy as a family as you cherish happy memories of him!

Sending the love of our entire family your way!

- Kaye Parrish

Kevin and family I am so sorry to hear of this little boy. 2 years old I can’t imagine how precious they are

- Betty young

We want you to know of our deepest sympathies to each of you. We understand that words can’t take away the pain that you feel at this time but words with love and care can help alleviate that pain. Remember that through the plan of salvation Merrick is guaranteed exaltation in.the Celestial Kingdom. He will be there waiting for you, when the time comes for you to join him. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with each of you

- Brent and JoAnn Arnold

We send you our deepest Condolences to your family at this time. Merrick always had a precious smile that warmed everyones hearts. We are holding your family in our hearts and sending prayers and love during this time.

- Emilee and Adrian Florea

May God bless each of you as you go through this unimaginable loss. That Child was a bright star and a joy to everyone he met he will be well loved by his family in heaven. If you need anything please know we are there for you both!!! All our family’s love and comfort and blessings to each of you… xoxo

- Sue Carbonell