Marty Murdock

Profile Updated: August 23, 2016
Marty Murdock
Residing In: Santa Rosa, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Cheryl
Occupation: retired pastor, United Methodist Church, currently doing spiritual direction with individuals
Children: daughter Joy Kearns, born 1974, Rancho Cordova, CA
son Paul Murdock, born 1977, New York City
grandson More…Noah Kearns, born 2010
grandson Andrew Kearns, born 2013
Also raised our niece Stacey, born 1969
Military Service: only USAF ROTC  
Class Year: 1962
Yes! Attending Reunion

After Wasatch I returned home to Kensington, Maryland, where our family had moved in 1961. My first year of college was commuting to George Washington University in D.C., studying electrical engineering, as planned. It's a long story, but across the course of that year I discovered I was on the wrong path for me and turned toward pastoral ministry. That summer our college group at the church assisted in a neighborhood youth program at Vermont Avenue Baptist Church. At the end of August a couple of us were part of the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King made his "I have a dream..." speech. It was thrilling to be there. I transferred to Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, where I finished my BA in Psychology. I then headed west to do my Master of Divinity at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. That was a fascinating place to be in the late 60's. I was engaged for a year, but we broke it off. I later met my wife, Cheryl, at Juvenile Hall--where we both were working. She's a Registered Nurse. We married in June of 1970. I wasn't ready to settle into the demands of ministry yet, so we spent September 1970 through February 1971 in Europe, studying German during two of those months at a Goethe Institute in Murnau, in Bavaria. I had studied French in college. (Still haven't gotten around to Spanish, but that's on my bucket list.) I was appointed to the Fall River Mills church in northeast California in 1971. Our daughter Joy was born there in 1974. We then moved to Santa Cruz in 1977, where our son Paul was born. On to Santa Rosa in 1982, where we went through a church fire and rebuilding. We were also guardians for our niece, Stacey, for the last few of her teen years during this time. In 1989 we moved to Tulare, where both of the kids finished high school. Then 1996 to Bakersfield and 2004 to Redding. I retired at the end of June 2010, old enough for Medicare and willing to stop. Our first grandchild, Noah Kearns, was born 3 weeks later--hooray! We have been doing a good bit of travel while we still have good health and I also continue to be involved in some community agencies. I got to spend most of December in East Africa (and had lunch with George Mathu twice) on a Habitat for Humanity project. I continue to play tennis and do some flying and hiking. I have been taking training in spiritual direction and have a few directees with whom I meet monthly. I'm trying to get real about my book collection and how many of those that are unread will likely remain so, unless I live to be 150. I still play tuba in an ensemble and some guitar with the grand children. Cheryl and I are delighted with the privilege of retirement and the possibilities that it offers. It's amazing for a check to come without going off to work every day...God is good.

We moved to Santa Rosa in April, mainly to be closer to the grandchildren. We are also able to get on Kaiser here and save hundreds of dollars a month on health insurance. It's been a busy time getting the house refurbished so we can refinance, but we got it done in August. The new kitchen is lovely. You all come visit and we'll find some local wineries together.

School Story:

I thank you all for being my extended family at Wasatch and in the years since. You helped shape who I am and I am grateful.

I do remember the time John Patton and I put a toilet in the chemical closet in the physics and chemistry classroom. Miss Barber didn't think it was as funny as we did.

Also, who put Miss Frink's Volkswagen on the Sage porch? Was that folks from the class of 1961?

Maynard and I didn't get as fancy with a door switch for the radio, like Jack and Cliff did, but we enjoyed "Patterns in Music" on KNBR on the transistor radio during study hours and after. A blanket over the window and rug against the bottom of the door usually kept us from being discovered.

Did anyone else wear out their shoes in marching band besides me? I used to put a piece of composition roofing inside the shoe to cover the hole. Lots cheaper than buying new shoes...

That clothes line by Lincoln was a problem. Not only Jack, but Bill Buse' went down there after catching it under the chin while running...

Today, Jan 26,2015, we are in Bangkok, where we will shortly have lunch with Burin Kantabutra. Thank you MaryAnn, for this wonderful website! Burin sends his greetings to you all and welcomes more visits from Wasatch classmates in Thailand. Apparently Steve Poulson and family were there before me, and Claire Poulson on another occasion.

Now we have returned from a couple weeks on the Baltic and are helping our daughter and family move across California to where they can buy a house...

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Sep 30, 2019 at 3:01 PM

Hi Janet. I hope you have a happy birthday celebration today. I have decided it is a good thing to keep having birthdays as long as we can, so way to go! Of course, it makes us miss those others, like your late husband, who aren't with us any longer. May you find goodness in life and ways to keep moving forward. Will you be with us at Leslie's in Georgia later this month? I hope so.

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Sep 17, 2019 at 6:01 PM

Maynard--May you have another very happy birthday! It will be great to share time in Georgia next month! Thanks for planning on it.

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Aug 11, 2019 at 10:07 PM

MaryAnn-- A belated birthday wish. I will give you a call. We are in Estes Park for a couple of days with college classmates. Give Fred a hug from us.

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Aug 11, 2019 at 9:59 PM

Dear Burin, A very happy birthday to you! I still remember so happily that day we spent with you in Bangkok a few years ago. Do you go to that same restaurant you took us to, when it's a birthday celebration? And then driving us to the Golden Temple. It was all so lovely. We hope to see you again, in Thailand, or the US. Perhaps we can all meet at Wasatch one Founder's Day? Happy Birthday!

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Jan 20, 2019 at 10:13 PM

Oops, now it's past Christmas, past your birthday, and past New Year's. I trust they were all wonderful, as they should be for you...

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Posted on: Jan 17, 2019 at 11:19 AM

Happy belated birthday, Grace. I'm becoming convinced that it's important to continue having birthdays, so way to go! Hope to see you in March. Love and Blessings, Marty and Cheryl

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Dec 24, 2018 at 2:33 PM

Benjy was a gentleman among us, gracious, full of good humor, able to manage being at a school with three generations of his family present, and a superb athlete.  We remember him as quarterback in football and point guard in basket ball--always a leader.  I'm so glad we were able to have some of our reunions in Albuquerque, chosen for many reasons, but especially so that Benjy could be present, even while he was fighting the brain cancer.  How good that we did that.  It was also good to visit with him at the reunion, to hear what he had been doing, working to empower new generations of Hispanic students to high achievement and exemplary service.  Of course I also remember how much we both liked Lorree Gribble, and how happy I was when the had a fight, because I could then take her out for a time or two before they reconnected...  Ah, it all so seems long ago, but how blessed we are to have had some connection in the intervening decades


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Aug 28, 2018 at 10:43 AM

Dear Lorree--May you have a very happy birthday. I have decided that it's a really good thing to keep having them. They make us older, but we're still breathing! Maybe you and your son are planning another kayak trip. Are any of the grandchildren old enough to join in? We'll look forward to seeing you at the next reunion, or perhaps when we're in the DC area. Be well.

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Jun 26, 2018 at 11:16 PM

Hi MaryAnn--birthday's a coming. May it be yet another happy one. Thank you again for this lovely platform that keeps us all glued together. Greetings to Fred also!

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Posted on: Aug 11, 2017 at 1:24 PM

Hi Burin, I send you wishes for a very happy birthday, not only from me, but also from Gordon Glass and his wife, Martia. We are in Yosemite together this week (where Gordon and I grew up) and we are volunteering for the Sierra Club program. We have remembered you fondly in conversation. I told them of your wonderful hospitality when we visited you in Bangkok. I hope other Wasatch folks will get to do that as well. Thank you also for your wonderful words about Doc Reid, which I read below. Be well and live long, my friend. Hopefully you can visit us in the States again, perhaps for a reunion gathering?

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Sep 24, 2016 at 2:20 PM

Hey Maynard, a very happy birthday to you. It was sure good to be together again in Colorado Springs. Thanks for coming. You still have a little of summer/autumn left on the high country trails, yes? See you in Utah in April. Marty

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Sep 03, 2016 at 9:27 PM

Hi Lorree--May your birthday be another lovely celebration of your life. We missed you in Colorado Springs, but you did come up in the stories--appreciatively of course. Maybe you can make it to the next gathering in
April in Utah?

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Aug 18, 2016 at 3:02 PM

Hi Casey, I hope you are having a wonderful birthday (and birth month! Why settle for just one day of celebration?) Thank you for all your wonderful help for us. Will you be at the gathering in Colorado Springs? We hope so!

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Aug 20, 2016 at 9:58 PM

Posted on: Aug 18, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Hey, Bob--Hope it continues to be a good birthday month for you (I mean, why settle for just one day?) I look forward to seeing you in a couple weeks. Be well.

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Aug 19, 2016 at 9:14 PM

Posted on: Aug 18, 2016 at 2:58 PM

Dear Burin, We trust you are having a very happy birthday season. Will you be in Colorado Springs for the reunion later this month? Hope so. If not, perhaps we can Skype or do Facetime. Can you send me contact information for either to my e-mail please? I hope all our classmates get to visit you in Bangkok like Steve Poulson and Clare Poulson and I each got to do at different times. Enjoy those grandchildren next door. Blessings, Marty Murdock, Cheryl, and Donna

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Aug 09, 2016 at 9:46 PM

A very happy birthday MaryAnn. It will be great to be with you again in a few days. We're even coming to your home state. Fred coming too? Hope so.