Orvil Lewis Murdock

18 Sep 1912 - 7 May 1999


Orvil Lewis Murdock

18 Sep 1912 - 7 May 1999
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Ancestral History: Orvil Lewis Murdock Orvil Lewis Murdock was born on September 18, 1912 in Thomas, Idaho to Daniel Lewis Murdock and Annie Pearl Jones. His mother, Annie Jones was born on April 22, 1891 in Ouray County, Colorado to Jacob Orlando Jones of Box Elder, Utah and Nilla Ellen (Nellie) Sa
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Orvil Lewis Murdock

Married: 30 Aug 1940

Riverside Thomas Cemetery

939-949 State Highway 39
Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho
United States


September 23, 2013


July 22, 2013

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Ancestral History: Orvil Lewis Murdock Orvil Lewis Murdock was born on September 18, 1912 in Thomas, Idaho to Daniel Lewis Murdock and Annie Pearl Jones. His mother, Annie Jones was born on April 22, 1891 in Ouray County, Colorado to Jacob Orlando Jones of Box Elder, Utah and Nilla Ellen (Nellie) Sandberg who was from Sweden. His father, Daniel, was born in Riverside Idaho in 1888 to Daniel Jefferson Murdock and Martha Vilate Wilson, both from Ogden, Utah. Orvil was one of nine children. He had five brothers, Elwin Walrath, Quentin Chester, Dale Clarence, LaVar, and Fenoi. He had three sisters, Velda, Atha, and Danette (who died at age 2). He attended school in Thomas, Idaho and then later at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. He served an LDS mission in Michigan before he married Berniece Whiting on August 30, 1940 in the Salt Lake temple. After they were married they settled back in Thomas, Idaho where he worked as a potato and wheat farmer and also had a small dairy. He had a job for Rockford Farm Supply for awhile as well. Most of his brothers took after their father and stayed in the Riverside/Thomas area and continued to farm after their father passed away. Many of those farms are still in operation today and have been passed down to others in the family. Orvil and Berniece had 10 children, Bonnie Pearl (July 27, 1943), Shirley (January 8, 1945), Luanna, Wanda Marie (May 4, 1949), Jerry Lewis (August 20, 1954) Marlene Vilate (December 16, 1955), Merna Kay, Kent David (December 5, 1958), Lanette (November 29, 1960) and Darwin Ray (August 1, 1962). Orvil lost two of his daughters prior to his own death, Shirley passed away at age 21, shortly after marrying. His daughter Luanna died in 1989 from breast cancer. He also lost one son in law, Chad Blackburn (Marlene) in 1996 to a tragic car accident. During Orvil’s life he was a faithful member of the LDS church and served in many callings. One of his favorite callings was serving in the Idaho Falls temple during the time when they had a live cast instead of a film presentation. For many years he played the role of Lucifer and had many spiritual experiences. He also had two brothers that served in the temple for many years as temple sealers. He received many blessings from his service, including the blessing that 9 of his 10 children were married in the temple and all of his children are still active members of the LDS church. During his life he visited many places, he took his wife back to his mission area in Michigan and Iowa. They also took a trip of the church historical locations and went to the pageant in Palmyra and Nauvoo. They traveled to New York and the White House. They also went to Alaska for a month and a Caribbean cruise. When their son Jerry was finishing his mission they went to Venezuela, Peru and Guatemala where they went to an area conference which was presided over by Spencer W. Kimball. Later they spent three weeks in Oahu, Hawaii. They also went to the World’s Fair in Vancouver, British Columbia and to many Farm Bureau conventions all over the United States. After the children had grown, Orvil served a second mission, this one with his wife Berniece. They served in the Conventry England mission from 1982 to 1984. They served in a small branch and had many spiritual experiences during that service. Orvil passed away on May 7, 1999, shortly after his newest great grandson, Dekan Peterson, was born. He was a great man and left a huge posterity, most of whom are members of the LDS church and serve faithfully to be with him again someday. Currently that posterity consists of 52 grandchildren and 102 great grandchildren and some great-great grandchildren. Orvil kept a journal and impeccable financial records throughout his life. You could probably find out how much he spent on his tank of gas in September 1966 if you looked through his record books. His wife Berniece has these records and is currently still living in their family home. Four of Orvil’s brothers are still living today, all over age 90. His wife Berniece still lives in their family home, although much of the farm has been sold. Only 10 acres which they sold to their daughter Wanda and her husband still belong to the family, but the memories of all of the hard work and play lives on in the stories that his family tells.

Life timeline of Orvil Lewis Murdock

Orvil Lewis Murdock was born on 18 Sep 1912
Orvil Lewis Murdock was 16 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.
Orvil Lewis Murdock was 27 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.
Orvil Lewis Murdock was 33 years old when World War II: Combat ends in the Pacific Theater: The Japanese Instrument of Surrender is signed by Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and accepted aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. The Pacific War, sometimes called the Asia-Pacific War, was the theater of World War II that was fought in the Pacific and Asia. It was fought over a vast area that included the Pacific Ocean and islands, the South West Pacific, South-East Asia, and in China.
Orvil Lewis Murdock was 45 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.
Orvil Lewis Murdock was 51 years old when John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas; hours later, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force One as the 36th President of the United States. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his presidency dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union. As a member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate prior to becoming president.
Orvil Lewis Murdock was 60 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.
Orvil Lewis Murdock was 77 years old when Cold War: Fall of the Berlin Wall: East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin. The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic, starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall cut off West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and finished in 1992. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, accompanied by a wide area that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc portrayed the Wall as protecting its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a socialist state in East Germany.
Orvil Lewis Murdock died on 7 May 1999 at the age of 86
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