Orrice 'Murt' Stratford Murdock

6 May 1933 - 3 Aug 2014

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6 May 1933 - 3 Aug 2014
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Obituary for Orrice Stratford Murdock composed by deceased: St. George, Utah- Orrice 'Murt' Stratford Murdock, 81, 'bought the farm' on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 of natural causes. Born to Orrice Lott Murdock and Glorus Ruth Stratford in Washington, D.C. along with twin, Wayne S. Murdock in 1933. Mur

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Orrice 'Murt' Stratford Murdock


Georgetown Cemetery

about 3 miles south of Cannonville on Kodacrome Way (a few hundred yards to the west)
Cannonville, Garfield, Utah
United States


May 1, 2019


April 24, 2019

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Obituary for Orrice Stratford "Murt" Murdock

Contributor: vcorn49 Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Obituary for Orrice Stratford Murdock composed by deceased: St. George, Utah- Orrice "Murt" Stratford Murdock, 81, "bought the farm" on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 of natural causes. Born to Orrice Lott Murdock and Glorus Ruth Stratford in Washington, D.C. along with twin, Wayne S. Murdock in 1933. Murt's life was enriched by the many talents and love of his wife and four children, spouses and grandchildren. Murt graduated from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, Bethesda, MD in 1951 and was an active alumnus. After brief attendance at BYU, he saw Army service (along with Wayne) during the Korean conflict, and later continued his education at Weber State University, and attained an MS at Utah State University in 1960. Murt married wife Marilyn Ott October 31, 1958 in the Salt Lake Temple. Murt enjoyed his employment as a Utah Parks Tour Bus Operator (a "gear jammer") and he met his wife at the North Rim Grand Canyon Lodge, a special place to them. He joined the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission as an intern, GS-6-f in June, 1960 at the Idaho Operations Office. He served at the AEC Richland, WA, Albuquerque, NM and Chicago, IL Field Offices, and the balance of his career at Headquarters, Washington, D.C. He retired in November 1990 as a GM-15 and was recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy Distinguished Career Service Award upon his retirement. Murt enjoyed private flying as a hobby, as well as reading and travel. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held several responsible positions wherever he lived. Orrice is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children, Michelle Harrast, twins Ray W. and Rex F., and Dr. Cabot S.; four brothers Wayne S., Dr. David S., Egbert S. and Lowell F., son-in-law Dr. Steve Harrast, daughter-in-law Marianne Sandberg Murdock; and 8 grandchildren: Terrell (Erin Haynes Harrast), Heather Harrast Spiel (Steven Spiel), Mary Ruth, Andrew Harrast; Weston, Paeton, Amber and Zaniel Murdock; and one great granddaughter, Olivia June Spiel. Orrice is preceded in death by his parents. Immediately after death his body was donated to the U. of Utah School of Medicine. After a year his remains will be returned for military honors at the Georgetown, Utah Cemetery. Open House Thursday, Aug. 7th, 2-4 pm at the Murdock home. Memorial Service 7-8 pm that evening Bloomington Hills 6th Ward chapel 750 E. Ft. Pierce Rd, St. George, UT.

The Remarks of Rex Murdock, son of “Murt” Murdock at his Father’s Memorial

Contributor: vcorn49 Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

“Giving a talk is like giving blood for me, if I pass out, someone at least make an attempt to catch me, please. Let’s face it, with a name like Orrice Stratford Murdock, there was bound to be some fireworks and excitement along the way. With a name like Orrice, there was also bound to be some fashion issues. And once again, with a name like Orrice, well, he didn’t like his name, so he went to change it, and the best he could come up with is, “Murt.” Priceless. Oricce S. did things in a way that most people wouldn’t think of – he managed to find a way to get married on Halloween. Orrice S. – How is it that a man with two left thumbs, no real home improvement skills, no known sports abilities, etc. manages to father a surgeon, a dancer and two contractors that own every power tool known to mankind and actually know how to use ‘em. Orrice S. – the great orator is the only man I know that can somehow slip a comment about F-16 fighter jets into a baptismal or wedding reception speech and almost make it work – and while giving the Christmas dinner blessing at Cabot and Marianne’s home in Biloxi, he attempted to name every guest in the room – he lost track of names somewhere between the turkey and gravy. Orrice S. the great organizer kept his enemies close, namely the (IRS) and his receipts closer. Orrice S. the fine food connoisseur in his younger years put grape jelly on everything, always enjoyed Vanilla Wafers and milk, and had an affinity for Coca-cola. And how can we forget his famous phrase in the morning, “how bout some eggs?” Orrice S. the Top Gun wannabe managed to take flying lessons before my mom had a proper washer and dryer. Orrice S. the arborist – managed to bring a tree down onto his own house with his lovely wife standing in the window shaking her head in disbelief while it was happening. One part of the tree destroyed the deck and another part destroyed the shed. Orrice S. the car enthusiast – managed to buy every odd vehicle out there when most people avoided them: an ugly green Saab, a Vega, an IH, a 48 horsepower Diesel Rabbit, an Olds88 with Hybrid gas/diesel engine, another IH that was a lemon from the start, and a Toyota minivan that looked more like a moon rover. Orrice S. The cheerleader – screamed louder than anyone else at swim meets, softball and football games, wrestling matches, weightlifting competitions, etc. – and to his credit, he managed to muffle the cheering at piano recitals and ballet performances. Orrice S. the teacher wanted us to see what it was like to be blind, so he made Ray and I wear eye patches over both eyes for a day (I guess we were having too many dirt clod battles or bb-gun fights that week) Orrice S. the protector went down the street to take on the local bully because he was roughing Ray and I up a bit too much (Tom Blazek). I’m sure if Tom decided to take the challenger on, we’d be rescuing my dad – and Orrice S. the protector literally kicked Ray and I in our hindquarters for leaving Cabot to walk home from school by himself one day. Orrice S. the adventurer took us on numerous summer trips to Tropic, to Maine, and a summer trip to Cape Canaveral, Florida to see the Apollo 17 rocket go up. Orrice S. the poor man’s Warren Buffet managed to empty his retirement coffer (and our inheritance) in an unfortunate Ponzi scheme, and yet, in the end, he filled up his children’s coffers with love, confidence, security, humor and peace of mind – things that money can’t buy. The best laugh we ever had – someone kicked the leg out from the breakfast table in our trailer after all of the food was prepared and ready to be eaten. It went all over the floor and we had a gut-busting laugh for 15 minutes. And last but not least, Orrice S. the finisher – As his boss succinctly put many years ago, “Murt, you get the job done, but you break a lot of glass along the way.” Dad. I love you.”

Murt Murdock’s Memorial Service – talk by his son Cabot

Contributor: vcorn49 Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

I am Cabot, the youngest of four of Murt and Marilyn’s children. I have lived in South Jordan just outside of Salt Lake City for the past 5 years. I have made the homage to St. George countless times to spend time with my parents. I have met many of you and I deeply appreciate the love and friendship shown to my parents over the years. I have spent the past 22 years of my life in the study of medicine and could give you a detailed discussion on the ailments of my father now which ended his life but I will avoid the temptation. I will say that over the past 4 years when he was battling the ill effects of cancer, I was able to grow closer to my father, so the experience was bitter sweet. We are here to celebrate the life of a great man and his passing into a new phase of his life. We are not mourning the end of him. He has many wonderful traits that he has handed down to his children and will also use in his next phase of existence. My Father was dedicated and devoted to his family. He was faithful to us and my mother to the end. This is a trait I want to emulate. Now he can use this trait in reuniting with his parents and help us from the other side to stay close as a family. He was a generous man and always involved in the service of others. Countless times I was dragged along with him to help a person move. And guess what! I drag my kids along to help people move. He was the example. Dad was generous with Mom’s ability to cook a fine meal. I can remember Dad inviting people over for dinner while at Church and then telling Mom about it on the way home. She could whip up a great home cooked meal from scratch. Dad had his moments to shine in his own way when it came to cooking – I can remember vividly a pot of spaghetti he made for the kids while Mom was in Germany doing some genealogy work. He used Velveeta cheese and threw it in a pot of water and he would reheat it over again until the sides were getting black. We ate it because that’s all we had. Dad, through the years, made sure no one left the house hungry. Dad was a sharp dresser even up until the end. He is the only Bishopric member I have ever seen that wore a pink pastel sport coat with white pants and white leather shoes. He was distinguishable. That’s what made Murt, Murt. Sandra was so sweet she dressed him in a dress shirt with the tail cut off so he could look sharp and at the same time accommodate his condition those last few days of his life. Dad was encouraging. He was supportive of his children’s events and milestones. He was there for the sporting events, the music recitals, the dance recitals, the graduations and extended that to his grandchildren. He was present at all my children’s baptisms – even in Germany Dad did his supporting in his own way. I did some wrestling in high school. Dad never would show up until my match started. He would bring in his big gov’t briefcase and you could hear him open the clasps. He would then start working on worksheets. When my match started, you could hear a distinct yell from the crowd – “Double dessert tonight if you win, Cadby!” Dad managed to support and embarrass at the same time. When the match was over, he would latch his briefcase and exit the gym. Mission accomplished. Dad was faithful to his priesthood and in his own way. While he was in the bishopric with Bro. Hemming, he asked him to organize the saints to help finish the chapel which was behind schedule. Dad loved the military so he gave you a rank depending on how much time you spent working. A unique way to organize and motivate the saints. He even had hard hats for each one of us with our rank on it. He was the Lt Colonel as he spent the most time working on the chapel. I’m sure he is now following policies and procedures and implementing his own style to organize the spirit world. Well, I thank everyone who has come to pay their respect to a wonderful man.

Life timeline of Orrice 'Murt' Stratford Murdock

Orrice 'Murt' Stratford Murdock was born on 6 May 1933
Orrice 'Murt' Stratford Murdock was 12 years old when World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning. 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.
Orrice 'Murt' Stratford Murdock was 24 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.
Orrice 'Murt' Stratford Murdock was 31 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.
Orrice 'Murt' Stratford Murdock was 39 years old when Munich massacre: Nine Israeli athletes die (along with a German policeman) at the hands of the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group after being taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games. Two other Israeli athletes were slain in the initial attack the previous day. The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, in which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took eleven Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them along with a West German police officer.
Orrice 'Murt' Stratford Murdock was 56 years old when The tanker Exxon Valdez spilled 10.8 million US gallons (260,000 bbl; 41,000 m3) of oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska, causing one of the most devastating man-made maritime environmental disasters. A tanker is a ship designed to transport or store liquids or gases in bulk. Major types of tankship include the oil tanker, the chemical tanker, and gas carrier. Tankers also carry commodities such as vegetable oils, molasses and wine. In the United States Navy and Military Sealift Command, a tanker used to refuel other ships is called an oiler but many other navies use the terms tanker and replenishment tanker.
Orrice 'Murt' Stratford Murdock was 57 years old when Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.
Orrice 'Murt' Stratford Murdock was 68 years old when The September 11 attacks, a series of coordinated suicide attacks killing 2,996 people using four aircraft hijacked by 19 members of al-Qaeda. Two aircraft crash into the World Trade Center in New York City, a third crashes into The Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, and a fourth into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. Additional people died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks.
Orrice 'Murt' Stratford Murdock died on 3 Aug 2014 at the age of 81
Grave record for Orrice 'Murt' Stratford Murdock (6 May 1933 - 3 Aug 2014), BillionGraves Record 30815073 Cannonville, Garfield, Utah, United States