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Taylor Hyde Merrill, 85, an assistant manager of Zions Securities Corp. for many years and a former officer manager for the Presiding Bishop's Office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died March 1, 1992, in a Salt Lake hospital.

While at Zions Securities, real estate arm of the church, he proposed construction of the Kennecott Building and was instrumental in the purchase of property for what is now known as the ZCMI Center.He worked closely with three church leaders, Presidents Heber J. Grant, David O. McKay and Joseph Fielding Smith.

Mr. Merrill was born in Salt Lake City, a son of Elder Joseph F. Merrill, a member of the Council of the Twelve, and Annie Laura Hyde Merrill, who helped establish what is now known as LDS Business College. Mr. Merrill was a great-grandson of LDS Church President John Taylor.

At the PBO, one of his responsibilities was to oversee development of a new membership record-keeping system for the church. Also, he helped establish insurance and retirement programs for church employees. He was treasurer of the Orson Hyde Foundation, president of the Building Owners and Managers Association, an international group, and vice president of the Sons of Utah Pioneers.

In the church, he served as leader in many church organizations, including the Bonneville Stake Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association and the High Priests Group of the Grant 4th Ward, Grant Stake.

Funeral will be at noon Friday in the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary chapel, 3401 S. Highland Drive, where friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour before services Friday. Burial will be in Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.