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Our hero, our Rock of Gibraltar, our dad Edward Thomas Murdock passed through the happy hunting ground on Saturday May 28, 2022 at 11:10 p.m. to find his sweetheart who died 11 years earlier. Dad was born October 10, 1925 to Edward Teancum Murdock and Bertha Mayho Jeffs Murdock in Heber City, UT.

He was their first child but he had many older half-siblings. Both of her parents were widowed. When dad was 4, he was joined by a little brother, Bert. Being born to older parents, they often left him with his older siblings to watch. His father rode his horse to the reservation and stayed for weeks at a time. We are all so proud of our Native American heritage. Dad’s mother was born in England and came to the United States in 1898 as a teenager. With parents like his, there were plenty of stories to tell and dad was a fabulous storyteller with an explicit memory to remember the smallest details.

Dad played the clarinet and in 7th grade he was part of the high school orchestra. He remarked that it was a challenge with his young legs and that he had never learned to walk while playing an instrument. With that experience, he was able to travel across the state to attend competitions and he loved it. At age 17, he joined the Army Air Corp. He was stationed at many different bases while he learned to fly. The war ended before he was sent into battle.

Dad attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. While in college, he was introduced to a beautiful young nursing student with golden blonde locks. It was a match made in heaven, and on March 17, 1948, he married Gloria Palfreyman in the Salt Lake Temple. They made Springville their home and were blessed with four children. Steven Ed, Nancy Gloria, Patricia Ann and Richard Dean.

Dad supported his family by drawing custom house plans and then building these beautiful homes. Springville is dotted with houses dad built. Dad was instrumental in bringing the Springville Industrial Park to fruition. Dad spent many years on the Springville Planning Board and then served as a Springville City Councilman for many years. In the early 70s, my father built Murdock Industries, specializing in custom cabinetry. They have delivered cabinets all over the state and even as far away as Washington DC. His grandsons had the opportunity to learn from the best. They were all allowed to work under the care of their father. I know this job has helped many of them to work while pursuing their university studies.

Dad loved two sports, downhill skiing and golf. He and mum started skiing in their thirties and went skiing every Wednesday with a couple of friends. He used to take the family on winter ski trips to Vail, Colorado. As the grandchildren learned to ski, he took them skiing. He and mom learned to golf when the Hobble Creek Golf Course opened. This was before there was a clubhouse. Dad took a break from golf while Mom was ill, but with her passing golf came back into her life. The last game he played was the Monday before he passed away. He had a few close friends he would go with. Reed passed and that leaves Don playing golf alone. Dad really enjoyed his games with these two. Dad managed to hole-in-one on all three normal holes except 16. On Monday, his ball missed a hole-in-one by just inches. Dad had the opportunity to golf at many famous courses around the world while he and Mom traveled.

Dad was an artist. He painted oil paintings throughout his life. When mom passed away, dad took out his paintings. Each of us children received two or more paintings. He painted each grandchild a painting of their choice. These paintings are such a treasure for each of us. Dad taught himself to play the piano and was an avid reader. He liked to read books dealing with the Second World War.

Dad was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many capacities throughout his life. He served for decades as a financial clerk. Mom and Dad raised us in a very loving, Christ-like home. Dad never left the house without kissing Mom. They showed such love for each other. When Mom was injured in the car accident, Dad took over all of her nursing care for the next 16 years.

Dad is the last of all his brothers and sisters. His father predeceased him when he was 13 in the year 1938. His mum passed away in January 1982 and mum preceded dad in 2011. What a joyous reunion they have. Dad is survived by his four children; Steven (Janine) Murdock and Nancy (Rick) Newton, Springville. Pat (Mike) Spencer, Mapleton. Dick (Kathy) Murdock, West Haven, Utah. 14 grandchildren; Brian, Creed, Miranda, Todd, Tyler, McKell, Paul, Greg, Mike, Wendy, Crystal, Jaycee, Zachary and Rebecca. He is survived by 35 great-grandchildren.

A private visitation and funeral services with full military rites were held on June 4, 2022. Interment took place at Evergreen Cemetery. A memorial service will be held June 18, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at the LDS Chapel located at 245 S. 600 E. Springville.

Dad, we will miss you every day until we are reunited with you. We will try to live our lives in honor of you and mom and pray that you are happy with us. Until we meet again, we will hold you in our hearts.



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