Murlyn Lamar Brown

1 Jun 1915 - 11 Sep 2007


Murlyn Lamar Brown

1 Jun 1915 - 11 Sep 2007
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Murlyn Lamar Brown

Married: 11 Nov 1941

Orem Cemetery

770 Murdock Canal Trail
Orem, Utah, Utah
United States




May 31, 2011


May 30, 2011

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He said: "I don't remember this part."

Contributor: Holle.Boykin Created: 11 months ago Updated: 11 months ago

When I was 14 Uncle Murl was the Bishop of our English Speaking Ward in Mexico City. He told us Young Men about an underground river, near the "Grutas de Cacahuamilpa" which, come to find out, is one of the largest cave systems in the world. He had been down the river "some time" before and offered to guide us down the river. We were thrilled! Knowing that we would be in the water a lot, to protect our stuff from getting soaked, we took rectangular 5 gallon cans (tin cans) and tied straps around them so we could carry our lunch and dry clothes, first aid kit, spare batteries, etc. We used a candle to melt wax around the edge of the lid to keep it sealed. On a Friday after school we loaded up in the orange Combi (Volkswagen Van) and drove south of Mexico City, through Cuernavaca towards the silver mining town of Taxco. The mountains in this part of Mexico are not very tall but they are very steep. The roads twist and turn a lot, so we didn't get there until after dark. We camped in a friendly farmers field just off that twisting, winding road. The next morning, in the light we could see how the terrain is really rough. After a quick breakfast we loaded up with our tin containers and started hiking through the small fields and then along the mountain side in the jungle. Eventually, we came to a ravine with a river at the bottom. To get down the edge of the ravine, we had to use a rope. Once we were all at the bottom of the ravine, we followed the river down stream. Normally, when you walk along a river, you can tell where it's going by the shape of the terrain ahead. Well, in this case, it was the strangest site to see the river running right into the mountain. But, oh what an entrance. It was HUGE! It seemed like you could fit a 7 story building in the entrance of the cavern where the river went underground. There was a ledge about 40 yards up inside the cavern near the entrance. Extending over the edge of the ledge was a long tree trunk. How did it get there? We concluded that at some point in the not-too-distant past, the river had been blocked and the cavern filled up to the point that the log floated onto the ledge and was jammed there when the water receded. We pondered on that as we walked along the river, following it's twists and turns in the cavern. After two or three bends in the river it was so dark we could not distinguish a hand in front of our face when all the flashlights were turned off. When it came time for lunch, we found a section where the cavern opened up and we were able to sit in a relatively flat area to eat. After lunch, we sealed our cans with wax again, loaded up and set off again. For most of the hike we had been walking along the edge of the river, but now the walls were coming closer together and we found ourselves walking in the water. As we moved along, almost imperceptibly, the water started getting deeper. The sides of the cavern became steeper - no longer sloping to the intersection with the ceiling - but eventually becoming vertical walls. There had always been rocks protruding from the water... but as we moved down the river, these were submerged and we were walking in water up to our waist that extended from wall to wall. The water got deeper and deeper, coming to the chest and then we were floating - appreciating our sealed tin cans. This could and should have been really nice, you know, floating quietly down a tropical river, not a care in the world. But there WAS a nagging care. Something didn't seem right. Why wasn't it silent? There was a sound where there should not be sound. It was low in volume and low in pitch, but when everyone was silenced we could hear a low rumble. What? As we floated down the river, the mossy walls getting closer, the water flowing faster and the rumble getting louder we recognized the sound of a water fall. All flashlights are turned to Uncle Murl. How long ago did you come down this river? After some mumbling, it finally came out clear. He said: "I don't remember this part." You can imagine that someday, when that river is dry, archaeologists will explore that cave and wonder about the long grooves, in sets of five that match the size of a human hand high on the wall of the cave just before the big drop-off. They may even find portions of our fingernails embedded in that rock. But our fingernails were to no avail as we attempted to stop the river from carrying us to our doom over the water fall. Caverns are formed by water, and it doesn't take much imagination to see how the river had eroded a passage into a larger cavern below it. Maybe the river got clogged and backed up far enough to leave the log on a ledge 40 yards up the side of the cavern, and the pressure forced a passage into the cavern below and now we'll be going over the edge. These are the kind of thoughts bouncing around in our heads when the tallest guy in our group said: "Hey, I felt something!" Naturally, we knew it was a snake or eel or some other dark-loving creature that would take care of us before the water fall. (Fortunately, I did not yet know about Gollum.) "No" he said. "I felt a rock. I think I can touch the floor." Bob is a verb. And bob is what short boys do when they are about to float over a water fall and a tall boy says he can touch bottom. We reached the conclusion that the river was getting shallower and the cavern walls were further apart. The water level continued to drop. What a relief it was to be able to walk again. The water dropped until it was at our knees, and then our ankles and we were walking through shallow rapids. And the rapids made a lot of noise, particularly when the sound seems amplified, bouncing off the box canyon walls. Nope. There was no waterfall. We all lived another day. But on that day we confirmed that the concern about cave-ins was a valid one. Because eventually we go to a point where it seemed like we could see some light ahead, and as we came around another bend, it definitely got lighter and then we saw sunlight reflecting of the rocks of a massive cave in. So much had caved in that we were able to follow a trail up through the jumble of rocks and out onto a field, not too far from where the orange combi was waiting to take us home. Somewhere Uncle Murl has a twinkle in his eye as he remembers taking the Young Men down the underground river... except for the part that HE DOESN'T REMEMBER!!

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Murlyn Lamar Brown was born on 1 Jun 1915
Murlyn Lamar Brown was 13 years old when Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, "Plane Crazy". Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
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Murlyn Lamar Brown was 24 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
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Murlyn Lamar Brown was 27 years old when World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy made a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, intending to neutralize the United States Pacific Fleet from influencing the war Japan was planning to wage in Southeast Asia. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
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Murlyn Lamar Brown was 42 years old when Space Race: Launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. The Space Race refers to the 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), for dominance in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations that occurred following World War II, aided by captured German missile technology and personnel from the Aggregat program. The technological superiority required for such dominance was seen as necessary for national security, and symbolic of ideological superiority. The Space Race spawned pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon.
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Murlyn Lamar Brown was 54 years old when During the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface before rejoining Columbia in lunar orbit.
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Murlyn Lamar Brown was 62 years old when Star Wars is released in theaters. Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy and the beginning of the Star Wars franchise. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew, the film focuses on the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia (Fisher), and its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire's space station, the Death Star.
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Murlyn Lamar Brown was 68 years old when Michael Jackson's Thriller, the best-selling album of all time, was released. Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he was one of the most popular entertainers in the world, and was the best-selling music artist during the year of his death. Jackson's contributions to music, dance, and fashion along with his publicized personal life made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.
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Murlyn Lamar Brown was 76 years old when The World Wide Web is opened to the public. The World Wide Web (WWW), also called the Web, is an information space where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), interlinked by hypertext links, and accessible via the Internet. English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He wrote the first web browser in 1990 while employed at CERN in Switzerland. The browser was released outside CERN in 1991, first to other research institutions starting in January 1991 and to the general public on the Internet in August 1991.
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Murlyn Lamar Brown died on 11 Sep 2007 at the age of 92
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