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Joel Poppleton Murray, 60, died February 22, 1996 at the Loma Linda University Medical Center in California. He had been hospitalized briefly with spinal meningitis and other complications from an extended illness.

He was born June 26, 1935 to the late Preston B. Murray and Valene S. Poppleton of Wellsville, Utah. Joel graduated from South Cache High School and the LDS Seminary in Hyrum, Utah. He completed coursework equivalent to a Bachelor's degree at various colleges and universities, mostly in California.After completing basic training in the U.S. Army, he transferred into the U.S. Air Force where he served four years with an honorable discharge and achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. Most of that service was rendered in England. Upon returing home he joined the U.S. Coast Guard, where he completed two more years of service.

Joel received military training as a dental laboratory technician. In his civilian life he became a Certified Dental Technician and owned and operated for over 35 years, the Murray Dental Laboratory in Hemet, California, the lab was affilated with both National and California Dental Laboratory Associations. Because of his skillful, artistic crown and bridge work, he was held in high esteem by several dentists who were faithful clients over all those years. Joel was a dedicated professional, and for several years he taught lab techniques to dental students at Loma Linda University and Riverside Community College.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he had served as Young Men's President and in a bishopric. He was well respected for work with youth and with Boy Scouts. Despite the adversity of illness in his later years, Joel was always optimistic and loved life. He was a handsome man, with a charismatic personality and a wonderful sense of humor that naturally attracted people to him. He will be long remembered and missed by family and friends.

His survivors include: wife, Michelle Murray; and his ex-wife, Carole Murray; 11 children and several grandchildren. Children: Michael, of Smithfield, Utah; Lori Cook, Murietta, Calif.; Scott, Douglas, Eric, Sean, Jason, Noelle Chesla, Shannon Covington, Erin Cooper, and Jennifer Hough, all of Hemet, California. His death was preceded by an infant son, Ryan Cory. His brothers and sisters are: Arlin, of Wellsville, Utah; Sandra, of Tremonton, Utah; DeAnna, of St. George; and Bruce, of Kaysville.

Funeral services will be held Monday, 2/26/96, 4 p.m. at the LDS Hemet Stake Center, on Kirby Avenue. Visitation is Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Miller-Jones Mortuary and Monday from 2-4 p.m. at the stake center. Interment will be in a local military veterans cemetery.

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