Robert Glenn Murdock 1928 ~ 2011Comment on this story
On September 13, 1928, in Heber City, Utah the gifted, loving, faithful, extraordinary, friend to all, Robert Glenn Murdock was born to Joseph Thomas and Marvel Lay Murdock.The love and influence of Heber City and its people, was an integral part of Bob's life. He enjoyed life with his family at their home in Heber City as well as on their beautiful ranch at the mouth of Wolf Creek. Bob lived a happy, successful and productive life. He achieved success early and it continually followed him throughout his life. He was an exceptionally skilled athlete. He had deep respect for those who taught him, especially his coaches. He played with and learned from the best. His respect for UCLA coach John Wooden inspired him to implement Coach Wooden's goals and principles in his own life, and he continually taught Coach Wooden's principles whenever he had an opportunity to influence the lives of others. Bob was proud of his basketball teams' two back to back state high school championships at Wasatch High School in 1945 and 1946. He was voted Senior Class president and was often master of ceremonies for class reunions. Bob graduated from Wasatch High in 1946 and went on to Utah State University where he was also on the varsity basketball team, competing with the team in the NIT where he proudly scored two points in Madison Square Garden. While at USU, Bob's innate creativity and flair for excellence were realized. Bob was an active member of Alpha Sigma Nu, president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, was a sports writer for the campus newspaper, commissioned officer of ROTC, and a member of Blue Key. He was also recognized as one of the university's top personalities. Bob graduated from USU with a degree in Journalism in 1950. It was during his years at college that he met the love of his life, Dorthea Lou Christiansen. Both enjoyed their college years together, were outstanding students, well-loved personalities on campus. Bob and Dorthea married on August 3, 1950 in the Logan Temple, by her father, President ElRay L. Christiansen. Bob was a sports staff writer for the Deseret News, then entered the Air Force where he served in the Air Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado as a lieutenant in the USAF. He attended Purdue special training, then served as a Public Information Officer to General Walter Todd at Hamilton Air Force Base in Marin County, California, where he received a high commendation from General Todd. Completing his military service, Bob and the family returned to Utah as Bob began his creative and successful employment career. He was Promotion Director for KSL Radio and TV, and received and won several national awards, had a radio sports show, sales and promotion director for Surety Life, sales director for Ideal National Insurance, branch manager for Occidental Life Insurance in Salt Lake City, and was president of the UHSAA Football Officials. One of his great joys was as a referee. His clarity, and masterful ability to control a game and know how to handle coaches, players and crowds made him well-known and well-respected as a top official in the State of Utah. Bob was a loving, devoted husband and father, spending time and continually teaching and supporting his family. Bob and Dorthea were blessed with five wonderful children. Bob was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served as counselor in a bishopric, high priests group leadership, elders' quorum president, Young Men president, Aaronic priesthood adviser, member of the Activities Committee, VA priesthood blessings coordinator, cubmaster, and received the Master M-Men's Award. He coached little league teams, refereed high school sports and received Volunteer of the Year award from the Boys' and Girls' Club. He was deep in character, sensitivity and unselfishness. He would do anything for anyone. He also had a remarkable sense of humor, and would immediately put people at ease in any circumstance with his humor and quick wit. Bob was a masterful storyteller. He could tell a story with flawless charm and accuracy completely captivating his audience. His ability to memorize and recite came from his exceptionally high intellect which he drew on often. He was articulate, and a masterful writer with a gifted sense for the written word. Anything Bob did was done with excellence and precision. His intellect, pure sense of right in reviewing a situation, unprecedented and masterful sense of creativity combined with his outgoing, friendly personality made him a success in work, church, community and with people. A natural in every aspect of his life, he remained humble and confident of the many gifts he had to draw upon that made him unique and extraordinary. On the beautiful Spring evening of Saturday, May 28, 2011, Bob peacefully passed from this life at the age of 82. Throughout the years, Bob often said to us, "When I die, tell everyone this: If you didn't know Bob Murdock, it wasn't his fault." To this outstanding, friendly, loving man, thank you for reaching out to us and for living an example of a full and happy life. Bob is survived by his wife, Dorthea, children, Marcia (Milton) Updegraff, John (Marjorie) Murdock, Marilyn (Gordon) Jones, Joseph (Rachel) Murdock, Steven Murdock, 15 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a brother, Harvey L. Murdock. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Audrey and Mary Frances, brothers Lovell, Don and Allen. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 6, 2011 at the Yalecrest Ward Meetinghouse, 1035 South 1800 East, Salt Lake City, Utah at 12:00 noon. Friends may call on the family on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and prior to services at the ward from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Interment will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. An on-line guest book is available at www.larkinmortuary.com.