Murlen “Murk” Robert Lancaster
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 www.demarayfuneralservice.com.