Thomas Verd Murdock, longtime resident of Carey, Idaho, was a faithful, loving husband, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He left this earth life at the age of 101 on July 3, 2019, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Funeral services for T. Verd Murdock will be Monday, July 8, at the Carey LDS Church. There will be a viewing beginning at 9:30 a.m., with services to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will follow the service at the Carey Cemetery.
Verd was born Feb. 5, 1918, in Heber City, Utah, the son of James Crawford Murdock and Sarah Elizabeth Giles. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, his parents, his seven siblings and two grandsons.
T. Verd, as he was known to his family and friends, attended elementary and high schools in Heber City. He was active in sports, and also student government where he was the Wasatch High School student body president.
Verd served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from January 1941 to February 1943. He served in New York state, Pennsylvania and then back to New York. It was during this time that he met a sister missionary, Margaret Barton. He was impressed with her beauty and her musical talent. He returned home Feb. 5, 1943, and he and Margaret were married on June 2, 1943, in the Salt Lake Temple.
World War II was on and Verd was drafted. He left Margaret and a newborn baby and answered the call of duty. After basic training in Kansas, he was transported to the South Pacific Theater; in particular, Manilla, Philippines.
Verd was involved in the occupation of Japan at the end of the war in 1945. He was able to go home in 1946 and reunite with his family. He received a Bronze Star Medal of Honor for valor and for conducting fire under difficult circumstances against the enemy, as well as being under attacks from the enemy.
After his military service, Verd worked several jobs. For a time he was a hard-rock miner in Park City, Utah, and a retail clerk for the Heber City Mercantile. He then moved to Carey, Idaho, where he was employed by Adamson Motor Co., where he worked until his retirement.
Verd and Margaret served as faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of their lives. Together they served a family history mission in 1987, at Salt Lake City, Utah. They also served together in the Boise, Idaho, Temple for many years.
T. Verd Murdock served in many callings in his church; in several bishoprics, as a councilor in the Blaine Stake Presidency and a bishop of the Carey Ward. One of his first duties as bishop was to get the new church building started.
Verd spent the last year and a half in Idaho Falls as a resident of Morning Star Senior Living Center. He quickly became friends with many of the residents and particularly the caregivers. He was cheerful, positive, happy and active until the last week of his life. The family wishes to express their deep gratitude and appreciation to those who cared for their father at Morning Star.
T. Verd Murdock is survived by his eight children, Dianne (Dar) Parke of Carey, Mary (Duane) Hansen of South Jordan, Utah, Jim (Claudia) Murdock of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Gary (Peggy) Murdock of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Bart (Karen) Murdock of Burley, Idaho, Peggy (Dean) Merrell of Mesa, Ariz., Cindy (Doug) Bennion of Billings, Mont., and Jolene (Mark) Maguire of Beaverton, Ore.
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