John Richard Murray, “Jack”, returned peacefully home with his son and daughter-in-law by his side on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the Dixie Regional Medical Center in St George, Utah. He was born December 29, 1922 in Chandler Arizona to Mildred Lillian Davis and Joseph Smith Murray. He attended public schools and graduated there in Chandler, Arizona.\nJack enlisted in the US Navy in November 1942 and served in the Pacific-South East Asia Theater in WWII. He was a radioman on the merchant cargo ships. Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1946, he attended an electronics school in San Francisco, California. He worked in radio broadcasting in Arizona and California where he was a radio announcer, a technician and a transmitter operator. Jack left the broadcasting business and took employment with American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T). Eventually the family moved to Southern Utah, where he serviced sub stations throughout Southern Utah.\nHe met Virgie Marie Sjostrom in Sacramento and they were married February 15, 1948, and later sealed in the Los Angeles Temple on February 16, 1962. They were the parents of four sons; James Hilding (Machelle) Murray, John Richard Murray, William Bradley (Betty Ann) Murray, and Douglas Alan Murray.\nJack loved to garden and he had many beautiful flowers. At 96, he still planted a garden there in Parowan, Utah. He built several of his homes, both in California and Utah. He had an amazing talent for memorizing pages of poems and, in his advanced age, was still be able to recite them from memory. After his wife’s passing in 2003, he took up woodworking. He made several bedroom sets for himself and family, computer desk, book shelves, cedar chests, lots of clocks including grandfather clocks and many more. He always had a contagious, positive attitude.\nJack was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various callings throughout his life. He was an engaged citizen that served in formal positions of governance and in community committees.\nHe was preceded in death by his sweetheart, Virgie Marie, his son, Douglas, his parents and his siblings Florabelle, George Augustus, May Elizabeth, Reva Lillian, Wanda Marie and Donna. He is survived by his three sons, ten grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, as well as Tillie, his beloved dog who was his friend and companion.\nFuneral Services will be held Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Parowan 1st Ward Chapel (59 S 100 W, Parowan, UT).\nViewings will be on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm at Southern Utah Mortuary (15 E 100 N, Parowan, UT), and prior to the funeral on Thursday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 am at Parowan 1st Ward building. Interment will be in the Parowan City Cemetery (834 Canyon Road, Parowan, UT), under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent at www.sumortuary.com.