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
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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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May 15, 2021 at 10:02 PM

Hi Paula. I hope you have a lovely Birthday celebration. My wife has changed our concept, so we now have a birthday month! So you could celebrate from now into the middle of June, yes? Hope to see you at the next reunion again, which I think should be on campus next April for Founder’s Day, right? Stay well and happy.

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Apr 19, 2021 at 2:33 AM
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Mar 07, 2021 at 6:42 PM

Posted on: Mar 07, 2021 at 5:54 PM

Hey Carl, a very happy birthday to you next week! Please keep having them.
By the way, I did finally find a photo of George Matthu and me together in Nairobi, which you were hoping we could post on our class website when I came up with it. Unfortunately, I don't have it in electronic form at this time. Can I scan it to you or MaryAnn to post? Or should I mail one of you the photo for you to find a way to post it? It was lovely to see him and learn of how he got to Wasatch. I should probably post that story one day also. So, happy birthday to you!

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Mar 13, 2021 at 11:11 AM

Posted on: Feb 23, 2021 at 9:02 AM

Happy Birthday, Wilma. We trust you are healthy and content, and still doing fun things. Is Warren's leg all better? I remember the little cart he was using when we were together at one of the reunions. Be well and get your shot!

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Feb 13, 2021 at 3:31 PM

Hi Dianne, I just wanted to thank you for your courage to write and publish your story. I just finished reading it . And thank you for bringing it to one of our reunions. I was fascinated and troubled by all that you went through. None of us really knew what family or lack thereof we had come from when we came to Wasatch, but we were siblings there together. Heck, we raised each other through our teen years--imagine! I told my sister Marsha (three years younger than me) that you didn't return to Wasatch for your senior year because you hoped to strengthen your family and help that be a healthier situation. Marsha said that I apparently came home from Wasatch with that goal every year--and my family situation was tame compared to yours. Anyway, I rejoice to think of you going on to raise three healthy and successful children and getting your doctorate so you could do university level teaching in music. Way to go! I'm thinking we were both in band my sophomore and your junior year, as I was switching from string bass to tuba, and you were playing bell lyre, yes? And I see that your first name was always misspelled in the yearbook, right? Anyway, I hope to see you at another reunion again. Thank you for your introspective and articulate writing.

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Dec 29, 2020 at 6:30 PM

Posted on: Dec 28, 2020 at 9:44 PM

Hey Ann, a very happy birthday to you. Probably you didn't have have a huge party planned at the fancy restaurant. Maybe next year, when we are all vaccinated and the Covid 19 is under control. Like Carl says, it will be great when we can gather again for a reunion with all our great people from Wasath. Hugs to you and John until then.

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Dec 22, 2020 at 8:47 PM

Posted on: Dec 21, 2020 at 9:04 AM

Hey there, Christmas Girl, a very Happy Birthday to you! Hopefully you are doing well. You had been practicing for Sheltering in Place for a while before it was official, yes?

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Oct 14, 2020 at 11:00 PM

Linda, I hope it was a lovely birthday. Keep havin them!

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Oct 14, 2020 at 10:58 PM

Oops. I'm late. Sorry. Hope it was a very happy birthday.

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Oct 04, 2020 at 4:55 PM

Robert, I hope it was a happy birthday. It's very cool that you are still having them after all the challenges across the years. Keep it up! It was sure good to chat with you and Eleanor in Albuquerque a few years ago. Hopefully again in Mt. Pleasant in 2022?

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Sep 26, 2020 at 2:12 PM

Posted on: Sep 26, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Rats. I was going to be early, but I missed the day. Sorry. I trust it was a good one and that you are happy to still be having birthdays. The year numbers do get larger, but it turns out that having birthdays is a really important thing. Please keep having them as long as possible. I hope you got some time on the PCT this summer as well, You may be at the point where you are now having to repeat sections of it by this time, or maybe go to the Tetons again... Happy birthday, old friend.

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Sep 05, 2020 at 11:44 AM

Oops. It was yesterday. I trust it was a very happy birthday, likely with a small circle of your many special people. We all send love and prayers for a healthy and happy life, especially in these worrisome times. Thanks for the wonderful memories you have given us. Keep it up! May kayaking in Canada again when they will let us in.

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Aug 16, 2020 at 9:57 PM

Burin, a very happy birthday to you. It should already be the 17th there, but it's not your birthday here until tomorrow! From what I have followed on the international statistics, Thailand has done a great job in dealing with the Covid 19, compared to the US. Well, actually everyone else has done better than we have. So, stay safe and healthy and keep having birthdays!

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Jul 29, 2020 at 8:56 AM

Hi Linda. A very happy birthday to you. I should always remember the day, because it is just one day after my Dad's (of course he would have been 108 this year...). Be well and be happy.

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Jul 07, 2020 at 10:24 AM

In the midst of sheltering in place, one of our neighbors reminded me of the wildfire evacuations we have gone through the past few years here in Santa Rosa. He said to notice that with the Coronavirus, we didn't have to leave home and go to a shelter, and we still have electricity! Counting our blessings.

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Jul 07, 2020 at 10:22 AM

Happy Birthday, John. May you and yours be healthy and strong. Hopefully we manage this whole virus thing sooner rather than later.

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May 21, 2020 at 2:50 PM

Posted on: May 19, 2020 at 4:32 PM

Leslie and Gordon, Jack and Joe have said it all. Thank you for hosting us for a very lovely reunion. It was the perfect setting. You invited and we showed up! Have a very happy birthday, and keep having them. Love and blessings to you both, Marty

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Apr 19, 2020 at 2:35 AM
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Mar 21, 2020 at 11:18 AM

Claire--what a memorable birthday this will be--not just the number of years that have passed, but the unusual worldwide situation. We only have 11 diagnosed cases in our city so far, but we are sheltering in place as instructed. I still visualize you sitting on your front porch reading, as you described. Is it warm enough to do that at this time? Take care and stay healthy. Marty

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Mar 09, 2020 at 7:10 PM

Posted on: Mar 09, 2020 at 2:09 PM

Dear Carl, Have a very happy birthday. And I see that your March 13th even comes on a Friday this year, for added charm. It was good to be with you in Atlanta.