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Robert Gale McMurtrey


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Robert Gale McMurtrey Obituary
Robert Gale McMurtrey, age 91, of Blackfoot passed away at his home on Feb. 7, 2017 in Blackfoot, Idaho.
Robert Gale McMurtrey, known as Gale, was born Nov. 25, 1925, in Ririe, Jefferson, Idaho. Gale was the son of Lawrence J and Annie Eliza Forsyth McMurtrey and the second child of seven. 
He attended school in Granite, Idaho and Shelley, Idaho where he graduated from high school in 1943. He served honorably in World War II. He attended college at ISU and the University of Idaho. 
He worked for Water Resources Division of the US Geological Survey, living in Idaho, Montana, and Iowa. On Oct. 12, 1951, he married Ardath Viola Fell in the Idaho Falls Temple. Six children were born to this union. Ardath was called home in December 2013, just after their 62nd wedding anniversary.
Thanks to great friends, Gale was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many church callings including: temple worker in the Idaho Falls Temple, stake clerk, in the Young Men's, Bishop, and High Counselor. 
He was also served in the Elders Quorum, Sunday School, and on scout committees. He was able to organize the extraction program in Missoula, Montana Stake and filled temple assignments in his ward. After they moved to Shelley and then Blackfoot, he attended the Idaho Falls Temple every week. 
His greatest love was his family. He liked to hike with his sons. The family spent time in the summer camping in the Flathead, Montana area while Gale worked and then spent weekends going to Glacier National Park and Canada.
Gale and Ardath enjoyed traveling and were able to travel to many parts of the world and all trips were planned with a temple in mind, attending 42 temples before Ardath's health kept them from traveling. Gale also enjoyed reading and collected Louis Lamour books and the Readers Digest Condensed Books.
He is survived by two daughters: Lynne Gail (Ron) Ellis of Blackfoot, Idaho and Carey Viola(Darwin) Swapp of Henderson, Nevada and four sons: Michael Fell (Leslie) McMurtrey of Farmington, Minnesota, Ron Verlin (Tammy) McMurtrey of Las Vegas, Nevada, Galen Roy (Jackie) McMurtrey of South Jordan, Utah, and Gene Horace (Terri) McMurtrey of American Fork, Utah; 45 grandchildren and 53 great- grandchildren; one brother: Lowell (Narva) McMurtrey, and two sisters: Carley (Clive) Arave, and Roxie Cooper Beck.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ardath, of Blackfoot, his parents, Jay and Annie McMurtrey; brother and sister-in-law Larry and Dolly McMurtrey; sister and brother-in-law, Lyda and Rulon Pickett, a stillborn brother, grandson, Jeffrey Ron Ellis and brothers-in-law: Raymond Cooper and Wayne Beck.
A funeral service will be held at Friday, Feb. 11 at the Blackfoot 6th Ward building, 600 Teton Road, Blackfoot East Stake.
The family will meet with friends Thursday evening, Feb. 10 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Avenue, Blackfoot, and for one hour prior to services at the church.
A very special thanks to Celeste Ortiz and her family for the special care they gave our father this last year. She is our special angel and Dad loved and appreciated all they did for him. The family would also like to thank Hands of Hope for their loving care of our father.
Interment will be at 3 p.m. in the Little Butte Cemetery in Annis, Jefferson, Idaho.
Military rites will be presented by piper David S. R. Clark, along with Jefferson Veterans Team and Idaho Honor Guard.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Feb. 11, 2017
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