Clyde R. Murray, 87, died February 5, 1998 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Clyde was born February 24, 1910 in Wilson, now known as Ballard, Utah, on his father and mother's homestead. Clyde was the last of nine children born to Jeremiah "Jerry" Murray and Christine Elizabeth Nilson Murray, early homesteaders to the reservation in 1905. As a youth, Clyde worked many types of farming, mechanic and construction jobs. Clyde married Erna Estella Wall on November 7, 1931 in Price, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on June 6, 1985. Clyde and Erna had seven children, Gail Richard "Nick", Lois, Donna, Jerry, Don (stillborn), Larry, and Danny.
In 1936, Clyde started a business of his own. He leased a Utah Oil Company Service Station and added a used car lot. The business was known as the "UTOCO" Station, and was located where the Frontier Grill now stands. From here he leased a Sinclair Station and used car lot located on the corner where Robb's Sporting Goods currently is. In 1945, Clyde purchased the property, along with a Shell Station, where Murray Motor & Investment Corporation is now located at 157 South Main in Roosevelt. He sold used cars, gasoline, and did mechanical and service repairs. Later GMC and Pontiac franchises were added. Clyde was the President of this family-owned Corporation.
Clyde's love for cattle never let him leave the livestock business. In 1947, he purchased a ranch west of Neola and ran a Hereford cow and calf operation. The ranch is still run by the Murray family. Clyde loved the Uintah Basin, and felt that it is the greatest place on Earth to work and raise a family.Clyde was the last survivor of his brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Gail Richard "Nick" Murray. Survivors include wife, Erna; daughters, Lois (Fritz) Hansen of Boise, ID; and Donna (Venoy) Davies of Bountiful; sons, Jerry M. Murray of Heber City; Larry (Cheryl) Murray of Roosevelt; and Danny (Nada) Murray of Neola, UT. Clyde's posterity continues with 24 grandchildren, 57 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Clyde will be missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services will be Monday, 2 p.m. at the Roosevelt LDS Stake Center, 447 East Lagoon Street. A viewing will be held at the Hullinger Olpin Mortuary Sunday from 6-8 p.m. and Monday at the church from 1-1:45 p.m. Interment in the Roosevelt Memorial Park.