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.