|Birth: ||Dec. 4, 1941|
|Death: ||Mar. 21, 2008|
Theo Milford Murdock Theo Milford Murdock passed away on March, 21, 2008, after a short battle with recurrent thyroid cancer. Theo was born on Dec. 4, 1941, in Dayton, Idaho, to Theodore and Myrtle Murdock. He graduated from West Side High School in 1960. On April 15, 1965, he married Suelyn Packer in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple. He graduated from Utah State University in 1965 with a degree in Sociology and began a life long career with the State of Idaho- Department of Health and Welfare. Theo started as a case worker in Idaho Falls. Over the next 36 years, he worked in Pocatello, Burley, Twin Falls and finally Boise, holding a number of positions including Region IV Director, Director of Welfare, and Medicaid Specialist. He retired in 2001. He spent many hours drafting legislation and working with the state legislature on several important issues. He was well liked by all who knew him and was known as a fair and honest employer with sound judgment. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in several leadership positions, including six and a half years as the Branch President at the Idaho State Prison. At the time of his illness, he served as Director of the Family History Unit. He enjoyed his time with those men. Beginning in 2003, he and Suelyn served a two year mission to the Arizona Phoenix Mission where they served in Cameron, Ariz. and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Theo loved the Navajo and Hopi Indians and fondly spoke about his time with them. Theo took joy in family, friends, work and service. He enjoyed gardening, dutch-oven cooking, reloading and traveling. Theo had a very caring positive attitude and always looked for the good in everyone. Theo was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be greatly missed. He is survived by Suelyn, his wife of 43 years; daughter and son-in-law, Shellie and Charles Martin (Boise); son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Darcie Murdock (Meridian); son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Rachel Murdock (Kuna/Jal, N.M); daughter and son-in-law, Mindie and Doug Whitten (Pittsburg, Kan.); his sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Lyman Merrill (Preston, Idaho); 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers (Suel and Roland Murdock). A viewing for family and friends will be held Tuesday, March 25, 2008 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the LDS Five Mile Chapel located at 2650 S. Five Mile Road, and on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral services beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will take place at the Dayton Cemetery in Dayton, Idaho at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 28, 2008. Services are under the direction of Hansen Mortuary.
Published in the Idaho Statesman on 3/23/2008.
Created by: David Mills
Record added: Mar 23, 2008
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