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Merill Eugene Pittman

September 6, 1934 — April 17, 2024

Visalia, California

Merill Eugene “Gene” Pittman, 89, was called home to Heaven on April 17, 2024. He passed in peace at home in Visalia, with loved ones by his side.  

Gene is survived by his loving wife, Norma Jo Pittman of Visalia, CA; his son, Craig Pittman (Sylvia), daughter-in law Kerrylea Pittman, grandchildren Bryce Pittman, Maggie Bratcher, Emily Desiderio, Megan Pittman, Hadley Pittman, Samantha McNeil and twelve great grandchildren; his brother Raymond Pittman (Veda), and his sister Wanda Hayes (Herb). He is preceded in death by his parents Bernice and John Merrill Pittman; son Randy Pittman; brother George Pittman, and sister Juanita McPhetridge (Bob). 

Gene is beloved and missed by many. 

Gene was born on September 6, 1934, in Wynona, OK. He graduated from Delano High School and then continued his education with an Associate’s degree from Compton College. He married the love of his life, Norma Jo, on February 25,1957; then proceeded to build a loving home with her and their two wonderful boys Randy and Craig, in Downey, CA. During the early years of his career, Gene held multiple positions within Ford Motor Company, before pursuing his life’s passion with a position in law enforcement. He proudly retired as a Sergeant, after over 20 years of exceptional service from the Los Angeles Police Department. After retirement, Gene and Norma expanded on an unforgettable antique business that brought them many travels, friends, and treasures. Gene approached every situation and every person he encountered with a gentle spirit and a strong resolve, characteristics that earned him the deep respect and admiration of colleagues, family, and friends alike.


Gene's can-do outlook on life was not confined to just his professional and familial achievements. He was a man of immense talent and artistic flair, particularly when it came to his love for music and wood working. As an enthusiastic band member and saxophonist in a local band, Gene brought joy and rhythm to numerous performances across Central California in the1950s.

Gene’s impact on those around him cannot be overstated. He was a beacon of class, intelligence, and kindness—a true gentleman in every sense of the word. His devotion as a devoted father, loving son, brother, uncle, a playful (great)grandfather, and a dedicated husband was evident to all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

While we may no longer have him with us in this world, his legacy will continue to guide and inspire us for generations to come. His spirit has returned to God who gave it. 

A graveside service is scheduled for May 1, 2024, 10:00 a.m. at Tipton & Pixley Cemetary in Pixley, CA with a private reception to follow at home in Visalia. Reverend Michael Trimble will officiate. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Gene’s life. 

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Service Schedule

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Pacific time)

Tipton & Pixley Cemetery District

10395 Avenue 144, Tipton, CA 93272

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