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Joan Packham Murdock


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Joan Packham Murdock Obituary
Blackfoot - Joan Packham Murdock, quietly and peacefully passed away on October 24, 2017 in Blackfoot, Idaho at the age of 88. Joan was born February 15, 1929, to Charles Orson and Catherine Elvessie Inskeep Packham. She grew up in Groveland where the family raised award winning horses and her love for horses (riding English saddle style) and dogs began. Her parents also founded Packham Real Estate & Insurance in downtown Blackfoot.
Joan loved to dance and as a young child performed in several of the Snake River valley theaters during intermission and at other social gatherings or competitions. Tap dancing was her favorite, next to performing ballroom dances with her older brother Bud Packham. She graduated from Blackfoot High School, met and married Clinton "Nick" Murdock on June 19, 1947. They started farming, raising potatoes, grain, hay, beets and registered Herefords on Hoff Road in Rockford. She often said they had seven children so there was plenty of help with the chores. She worked alongside Nick on the farm, driving trucks & tractors, working the cattle, even leading 2-year old bulls inside the auction ring to demonstrate their gentleness and encourage a higher value during the bidding. She enjoyed snow skiing with the entire family and later with several of her grandchildren. She was an active member in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, some of her favorite callings were leading the singing during meetings, and as a troop leader, while her boys progressed through the scouting programs. She loved music, teaching her children to sing and perform many of the Hollywood musical scores of the day. She learned to fly the family planes and established lifelong friendships through the Flying Farmers, Idaho Young Farmers Association, the local Parent Teacher Association, and a variety of church study groups. She was a great fundraiser, enjoyed entertaining, and was famous for her "hobo" sandwiches and "Murdock's Tacos," which have become family a tradition. She was very creative in making a home and helping her children with their projects.
In the fall of 1980, Joan and Nick moved to Hurricane, Utah for Nick's health, where Joan discovered another talent - aerial photography and they started a new business, Murdock Aero Photo. Joan would take pictures while Nick flew the plane. Their pictures were often featured on the cover of the St. George Magazine (Utah). Together they took over 22,000 pictures of Southern Utah, donating the negatives to Dixie College. She served a mission for the church with Nick at the various visitor centers in Southern Utah and worked in the St. George temple (26 years) prior to returning to Rockford in the fall of 2008. A few years after Nick passed away, Joan married the family's closest neighbor - George Katseanes, who conveniently still lived just across the road from the house.
Joan was preceded in death by Nick, her parents and brothers (Bud and John), a granddaughter Tysi Murdock and George Katseanes.
She is survived by her children, Andrea (Gene) Priday - Saratoga Springs, Utah; Patricia Williams – Orem, Utah; Douglas (Sharon) Murdock- Rockford, Idaho; Holly (Merrel) Ashley – Blackfoot, Idaho; Bruce (Melody) Murdock – Pocatello, Idaho; Robert (Teresa) Murdock – Rockford, Idaho; Brian (Joddi) Murdock – Rockford, Idaho; and 29 grandchildren and 83 great/great-great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Blackfoot West Stake Center, 101 North 900 West, Blackfoot. Family will meet with friends and relatives from 7-9 p.m. Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Avenue and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow the service at Riverside-Thomas Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Nov. 1, 2017
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