1947 ~ 2013
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Eric Minoru Muramoto passed away fighting a brave battle against cancer. He joins his father, his mother and his son in heaven. He was 66-years old.
Eric was born July 6, 1947 in Los Angeles, California to Kate and Jack Muramoto. He was the oldest of eight children, all of whom survive - Allison, Gary, Curtis, Mark, Pam, and the twins, Jackie and Becky. He was a responsible young man, assisting his mother in raising his brothers and sisters. He graduated from Granger High School, where he played tennis competitively. After high school, he fulfilled his civic duty and joined the United States Army, serving two years in the Vietnam War. He was awarded a service accommodation medal.
In Salt Lake City he met his partner for life, Nancy Ihle. They were married July 24, 1969. This was his second marriage. He had two children, Jodie and Justin, and raised a step-daughter Sherrie, all of whom he loved deeply. His greatest joys in life were coaching his kids in sports, the outdoors and riding his motorcycle. He worked at Chevron Salt Lake Refinery for 30 years. After retiring from the refinery, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona to be with his family and accepted his dream job with Saudi Chevron. He worked in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia for 13 years. He is remembered as happy, gentle, generous, warm, friendly, and quiet.
Eric enjoyed his life in Phoenix. He and his wife adored each other. He loved spoiling his daughter-in-law, Amie, and his granddaughters, Aubrey and Jessica. He enjoyed long bike rides with his close friend, Kirk Tinsley. He always had a camping or fishing trip planned with his son Justin and his son-in-law Marcello Caputi. He and his family lived an idyllic life. He will be missed.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, Arizona.
Published in Deseret News on July 14, 2013