Murlen “Murk” Robert Lancaster

of Wendell, Idaho
Born: September 1, 1924 in Wendell, Idaho
Died: January 28, 2013 in Wendell, Idaho
Age: 88 years old

Wendell, Idaho - Murlen “Murk” Robert Lancaster, 88, a resident of Wendell, passed away Monday, January 28, 2013 at his home in Wendell.

Murk was born on September 1, 1924, to George R. and Mary A. Gold Lancaster. He was raised and educated in Wendell.

Murk married Verla Christensen on October 24, 1946 in Wendell, Idaho.

Murk was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he especially enjoyed fishing trips at the Richfield Canal. He attended Wendell athletic events for 80 years, and even in poor health, he continued to support his grandchildren and the Wendell Athletic Program.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the American Legion, and the VFW.

A few of the significant events in Murk’s life were being sealed as a family in the Idaho Falls Temple; the birth of each of his children; the call to High Council at age 33, Bishop at age 37, and a member of the Stake Presidency at age 41.

Vacations and family home evenings were some of his fondest memories. Murlen was married to the love of his life, Verla, for 66 years, and they knew each other for over 80 years. They loved to dance with each other. They especially loved the Church, and spent countless hours together serving, including a Mission to the West Indies, and nearly 13 years as Temple workers in Boise and Twin Falls.

Murlen is survived by his loving wife, Verla, of Wendell, Idaho; 3 sons, Jack R. (Debbie) Lancaster, of Wendell, Idaho; Kevin R. (Laurie) Lancaster, of Wendell, Idaho; and Alan R. (Camille) Lancaster, of Jerome, Idaho; 2 daughters, Nancy L. (Rod) Hegi, of Rigby, Idaho; and Donna Clawson, of Wendell, Idaho; 1 sister, Beth Bengochea, of Cascade, Idaho; 11 grandchildren, Eric Lancaster; Angie (Nick) Kelsey; Brett (Eryn) Lancaster; Jysen (Leslie Tolle) Lancaster; Jessi (Kevin) Rogers; Jaci (Jake Rost) Lancaster; Johnny Lancaster; Jordan Lancaster; Hannah Lancaster; Audrey Hegi; and Dallas Clawson; and 5 great-grandchildren, Xavier; Cole; Zayden; MaqLynn; and Jack.

Murlen was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers; and 3 sisters.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, on Friday, February 1, 2013 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wendell. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wendell, with visitation at the church beginning at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at the Wendell Cemetery in Wendell.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service – Wendell Chapel.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the obituary link at

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Russ and Ardith Weaver said on Friday, Feb 1 at 11:55 PM

We are so sorry we can't be with you tomarrow. We appreciate all of our association with you through the years. Verla May God be with you at this time. Thanks for everything.

M. Wayne Loosli and Lucy Loosli said on Friday, Feb 1 at 11:09 AM

At age 64 I remember Mr. Lancaster as far back as I am able. He was always' extremely nice to my family, Merlin, Irene, Jean, Carol and myself. His son Jack was one of my best men with my marriage to Lucy. Yes, Mr. Lancaster be able to fish.

Michael & Melissa (Weaver) Gima said on Friday, Feb 1 at 10:32 AM

Our condolences go out to all of you. He had such a strong testimony of the gospel. Growing up I always appreciated that testimony. It is wonderful to know that one day you will be together again.May God be with you and keep you until you meet again.

Carolyn and LaMarBox said on Tuesday, Jan 29 at 6:05 PM

Verla and family our prayers are with you at this time. I have some very fond memories of you two when I lived in Wendell.

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