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Obituary: Murray Virgil McCarter

Murray Virgil McCarter, 82, beloved husband, father, "Bompa," brother, uncle and friend, passed away March 13, 2001 attended by his loving family.

Born November 22, 1918 in Talladega, Alabama to Gustave William McCarter and Edna Brogdon McCarter, Murray grew up in Utah and Alabama households he remembered as imbued with the love and wisdom of his beloved grandmother who lived with the family. Murray moved to Salt Lake City, Utah permanently with his family and later married Joan Gebhardt McCarter, with whom he established a family of four sons and a daughter.

Murray joined the Army during World War II in 1942, serving in the South Pacific until 1945. He went to work as a First Sergeant for the 115th Heavy Equipment Maintenance Company of the Utah National Guard and proudly served his country 37 years. During his time in the 115th, Murray was instrumental in assisting the unit in acquiring many awards during active and inactive duty. In 1973, Murray received the award of Outstanding First Sergeant. He led his men in the 115th with compassion and discipline, treating every man as an individual worthy of respect. Murray often told his family and friends stories of the men he commanded in this unit, making extended family members of them, and he fondly told stories of them long after he retired from the Utah National Guard in January 1979 as a Command Sergeant Major.

Murray suffered the loss of his wife "Jo," in 1965 and married Virginia "Gini" Mackintosh Haig in 1968. He dearly loved his family, those who joined it, and the children who became his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Many family members and friends learned to wield tools at his side, tell a good story, listen to his, and take notice of the "good things in life." He will be long be remembered as kind, loving, generous, and honorable.

Survivors include his wife, Gini; children Kim (Judy) McCarter, Gary (Joan) Gebhardt, Jan (Ted) Johnson, and Lyn McCarter; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; sister Lois (Tom) Hinkle; and beloved Yorkshire Terrier, Dusty. Preceded in death by his mother Edna McCarter and father Gustave McCarter; wife, Joan Gebhardt McCarter; sons Shaun McCarter and Scott McCarter.

A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 17, 2001 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A family gathering will also be held Saturday from 10:30-11 a.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple. Friends may visit the family at the mortuary from 11 a.m.-12 noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 250 East 300 South, Suite 110, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.