New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2012
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
T. Greg Merrion
Thomas Greg Merrion is well known as the president of Merrion Oil & Gas in Farmington – and as a man with a strong commitment to public service, both for the benefit of his community and the state of New Mexico. T. Greg began his career with Merrion in 1985 as a production engineer, after having served in the same capacity with Superior/Mobil for five years. He has a B.S. in petroleum engineering from Colorado School of Mines, and an M.A. in business from New Mexico State University. T. Greg was named Merrion’s vice president in 1990, and has served as president since 1992.

Mr. Merrion’s list of professional affiliations is lengthy, as are the number and diversity of community activities on behalf of himself as an individual, and through the Merrion Family Foundation. For example, T. Greg created a program called FACE (Financial Aid and College Entrance) that works with Farmington Municipal Schools to fund full-time college and career advisors in each public high school to provide college and career counseling to students. He developed the program concept, proposed it to the school district, and is funding the grant for all three Farmington-area high schools.

T. Greg also established the Four Corners Economic Development Service, Inc. to grow and diversify the economic base in San Juan County. He serves on the foundation boards for San Juan Regional Medical Center and San Juan College, and is a part of the New Mexico Community Capital and the New Mexico Prosperity projects. T. Greg is a member of the board of directors of the San Juan Safe Communities Initiative and has served on the boards for San Juan United Way, Presbyterian Medical Services Foundation, Leadership New Mexico and Leadership San Juan. He also answered the call to serve on two critical planning boards – the City of Farmington Planning and Zoning Commission, and the San Juan County Blue Ribbon Planning Task Force.

“T. Greg Merrion is a visionary,” wrote Natalie I. Stark, FACE advisor at Piedra Vista High School in Farmington. “He is proud of his hometown and New Mexican heritage, shared his enthusiasm and love for his community with others, and is dedicated toward public service in so many areas of his life.

“He is also one of the most humble men I know.”