Craig Nicholas Mertens

Mechanicsville, Maryland

October 31, 2015

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
22 Air Force Airman

Luke Air Force Base


 Died in vehicle accident.

Formerly of Mechanicsville, MD, who was stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona was killed as a result of a motorcycle accident when a SUV pulled out in front of him on October 31, 2015. 

He was born May 29, 1993 in Silver Spring, MD. The son of Deborah Buchanan Mertens-Marzi and Eric Clinton Mertens. He is also survived by step-parents, Bill Marzi and Lisa Mertens. 

Craig was a graduate of Chopticon High School and shortly after graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force. 

He loved snowboarding in Colorado with his family, playing basketball, sports and four wheeling with his friends. He was a Redskins fan. His most enjoyable pleasure was riding his motorcycle and being with his new friend Becca Sean and their new rescue dog Precious (Presh). 

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one brother at home, Brad Marzi; maternal grandmother, Virginia Luciano (Jim) Comilla; paternal grandparents, Robert and Joan Mertens; two aunts, Bonnie (Tom) Eaton and Brenda (Don) Stephenson; and one uncle, Daryl (Phyllis) Mertens. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to an animal rescue/shelter or charity of your choice. Visitation, Monday, November 9, 2015 from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a Full Military Service at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. 30195 Three Notch Rd, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622.

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Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 8, 2015.

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