Getting to know Suzanne & Dave Merrick

Dave and Suzanne Merrick bring a wealth of experience to your real estate team. Both grew up in Eugene and have long family ties to Central Oregon. Dave’s family enjoyed camping, fishing, skiing and exploring the abundant outdoor activities throughout Central Oregon. Suzanne’s family purchased a home in Sunriver in 1976 and enjoyed the Resort Base Camp as a jumping off point for their Central Oregon adventures.

After graduating from the University of Oregon with a Leisure Studies degree, Suzanne started her career as a Tennis Professional teaching in Florida at Amelia Island Plantation, then spending 15 years on Maui teaching at the Kapalua Tennis Garden, Maui Marriott and The Hyatt Regency Maui in Kaanapali. In 2002 she moved to Bend and began her career as a real estate agent. She spent 9 years working at Sunriver Realty with her parents, learning from their years of experience as Financial Advisors, Escrow Officers and Real Estate Brokers. In 2011, after her parents retired, Suzanne joined The Garner Group.

In 1987 Dave began his career as a Ski Coach in the winter and a Fly Fishing Guide in the summer. First throughout Central Oregon, then summering for years in a 9 X 9 cabin at Kulik Lodge, a Fly-Out only Fishing Lodge in the middle of Katmai Nation Forest in Alaska. In the winters he would come home to Bend and coach with the Mt. Bachelor Ski Education Foundation. In 2007 Dave decided to hang up his Alaska Fly Fishing Guide hat, moving to Bend full time, taking a job as the Retail Manager for Fly and Field Outfitters on Century Drive. In 2020, Dave joined Suzanne at The Garner Group and has enjoyed his new career in Real Estate as her partner.

In 2014, having lived blocks away from each other for years and not knowing it, Suzanne and Dave ran into each other while skiing at Mt. Bachelor. They rekindled their friendship from High School and in August of 2015 got married along the Deschutes River, just outside of Maupin. They currently live in Valhalla Heights, an older neighborhood in NW Bend with large lots and lots of pine trees. They enjoy skiing, fly fishing, e-biking to their favorite Breweries, Outdoor Concerts and Farmer’s Markets, camping in their trailer, playing Pickleball with friends and neighbors on their backyard court and any activity that allows them to bring their dog, a Golden Retriever/ Husky mix named Bette Davis Merrick.

Dave and Suzanne’s successful career as real estate agents stems from the vast life experiences that they both bring to the table. They understand the very personal nature of this business and help their clients navigate through transactions as stress-free as possible, while negotiating the best price possible. The Merrick’s would love to work with you to help you find your next home or help you sell the home you’re currently in so you can move onto your next adventure!


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