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Harold G. Murdock, Jr. (Bud)
July 29, 1935 - September 12, 2013
Bud passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, on September 12, 2013. Born in Detroit, MI, to Edna and Harold G. Murdock, Sr., Bud was the second of four children. The family moved to CA in the early 1940's, where, along with his partners, Harold, Sr. founded Arrowsmith Tool and Die Co.
Bud attended Dorsey High School and graduated from USC with a BS in Accounting. He was a proud member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, an affiliation which he treasured for the remainder of his life. Following graduation, and his marriage to Jody (Joanne) Priebe, Bud served three years in the Naval Reserve. Upon his discharge, the couple returned to CA, where Bud joined the family business, which was to become Murdock, Inc., an aerospace manufacturing company. Bud took over running the business when his father had to retire due to poor health, and remained at the helm until it was sold in 1997.
Bud and Jody have been long-time residents of Rolling Hills, where they raised their three children, Jennifer Rooney, Christine Arbuckle (John), and Harold G., III (Sheryl). A loving and devoted family man, Bud nurtured and inspired his children and his grandchildren, Sarah Rooney Brooks (Chris), Shannon Rooney, Ruairi Rooney, Cody Arbuckle, Kylee Arbuckle, Makenzie Murdock and Delaney Murdock. He leaves behind a legacy that will never be forgotten.
Bud also nurtured and inspired an extended family - Peninsula Committee Children's Hospital, to which he donated many hours in support of the Portuguese Bend National Horse Show and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
In addition to his wife, Jody and their children and grandchildren, Bud is survived by a sister, Margaret Hupp, of Hailey, ID and a brother, Roy Murdock (Judi), of Bainbridge Island, WA. His sister, Barbara McMillan, predeceased him.
Burial will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 13th at 2:00 p.m., at Palos Verdes Golf Club, 3301 Via Campesina, in Palos Verdes Estates. Please sign the guest book at
Published in Daily Breeze on Sept. 20, 2013
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"What a loss to the community and his many friends! We extend our love and sympathy to Jody and the..."
"Dear Jody and all of the extended Murdock clan, We are so sorry for your loss and are holding you all..."
- Laurie Hanley
"We are so sorry to lose you Bud. Jody, our sympathy and thoughts are with you and your family."
- Clark & Lockie Leonard
"From a couple of old Indians we will miss you, a true Trojan."
- Carole & Dave Diestel
"May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow."
- Arlene & Jim Stansfield
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