Joseph Richard "Dick" Murdock, age 69, died June 24, 1990 in a Provo hospital from complications following a stroke.
He was born April 25, 1921 in Provo, Utah to Royal Joseph and Zina A. Chipman Murdock. He married Maxine Baird November 25, 1947 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Graduated from Provo High School. Received his BS and MS from BYU. He also received his PhD in Botany and Range Management from Washington State University. He was a professor of Botany at BYU for 31 years. He was associate director of the Monte Bean Museum. Member of the BYU Environmental Research team at the atomic energy site in Nevada and at the Kaparowitz Power Plant in the Lake Powell area. He was an active member of the LDS Church and he served a mission to the North Central States. He also served as Elders Quorum president, High Priest group leader and served in the Bishopric of the Edgemont 1st Ward.
Survived by his wife of Provo; one son and three daughters, Evelyn Murdock, Salt Lake City; Allen Murdock, Jackson, Wyoming; Mrs. Peter (Deanne) Bodily, Richland, Washington; Mrs. Darrell (Deborah) Petersen, Pleasant Grove; seven grandchildren; brother, Steve Murdock; sister, Mrs. Preston G. (Maurine) Murdock Hughes.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 28, at 11 a.m., in the Edgemont 12th Ward Chapel, 2950 North Canyon Road, Provo. Friends may call Berg Mortuary, 185 E. Center, Provo, on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, at the Ward Chapel, one hour prior to services. Interment in the Provo City Cemetery with full military rites by the VFW District #4.
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