Sunday, November 11, 2007

Jeff

This has been a rough couple of days, and they are not going to get any easier in the near future, but I think that this obituary says everything beautifully:

Jeffrey Steven McMurray Layton, Utah Jeffrey Steven McMurray, our beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle and good friend, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Fri. afternoon, November 9, 2007 from a heart attack while on his way home from work at NorthropGrumman. Jeff was born on July 11, 1968 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the eldest child of Steven R. McMurray and Lorna T. McMurray, now of Bountiful, Utah. Jeff was married for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on September 9, 1992 to Liesl Margret' McMurray, the eldest daughter of Ed and Lois Masters, now of Layton, Utah. Jeff and Liesl have three children, Brynn (age 10), Ryan (age 7) and Daniel (age 4). Jeff was deeply faithful and involved in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout his life. He served as a missionary for the Church in the Rochester New York Mission from 1987 to 1989. He was a great and dedicated missionary, and many lives were touched for good by his life and who he was. He graduated from the University of Utah with BS degrees in electrical engineering and physics and with a PhD in physics. He and Liesl lived in Kaysville, Utah during most of the time Jeff was in school. Following completion of his education, Jeff and Liesl moved to New York where he worked for IBM for almost seven years. A little less than a year ago, Jeff and Liesl moved back to Utah to work for Northrop Grumman. Jeff was always highly respected and loved at work. Jeff was a devoted husband and father and had deep love for his family. They always enjoyed outdoor activities. Summers were for camping and hiking, and winters were for cross country skiing. And everyday was for hugs. Working with young men was where he served most. The youth loved him and he loved them. There are many young men whose lives have been richly blessed by Jeff and his love for them and his example. Jeff was genuinely a good person who loved life and everyone. He was an example wherever he was. He always had a smile, a helping hand and sound judgment. Jeff is survived by his wife Liesl and his three children, Brynn, Ryan and Daniel, and by his parents, Steven and Lorna McMurray, and his eight brothers and sisters, Laura (Ted) Knowlton, Janean (Dave) McBride, Maureen (Christian) Hyde, Deanne (Richard) Eggett, Gregory (Heather) McMurray, Justin (Janelle) McMurray, Shannon (Brigham) Stoker, Megan (Richard) Wells. Funeral Services will be held Wed., November 14, 2007 at 12:00 Noon at the Kaysville Tabernacle, 198 West Center Street, Kaysville, Utah. Viewings will be held Tuesday, November 13th at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 North Main, Bountiful, Utah from 6 to 8 p.m., and before the service from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the Kaysville Tabernacle. Interment Lakeview Cemetary. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com Jeff, you are greatly missed and we love you always.

3 comments:

Aimee Barber said...

We just heard the news today in church. Jim has tried to call Greg but his phone must be turned off.

We want you to know that our hearts, prayers and sympathy are with you. Most people could say, "I can't imagine what you are going through." Unfortunately, I can. The feelings of shock and loss are something I wouldn't wish on anyone. The only thing I could do to make it easier was to look for the blessings in the trials. How wonderful that we have a Heavenly Father the loves us enough to give us the beautiful Plan of Salvation. We will see our loved ones again! What a blessing that Jeff was able to move his family back to Utah to be closer to everyone.

How we long to embrace you, to let you know you have our love and support. Please let us know if there is anyting we can to to serve you or your family.

Mike said...

Greg and Heather, I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how hard it would be. Please let me know if there is anything Katie or I can do to help.

Michelle said...

Greg, Heather, and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm so sorry for your loss. Give yourself a great big hug from me, Heather.