Donald H. Murdock, 69, of Woodgate, died June 11, 2017 following a struggle with glioblastoma.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. June 17 at the Forestport Presbyterian Church at 11298 Woodhull St., Forestport. A second memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24 at the Benton United Methodist Church at 2395 Havens Corners Rd., Penn Yan.
He was born in Penn Yan, the eldest son of Harold and Lu (Stratton) Murdock. He was married to Jean (Hammond) Murdock in 1967. They were married for 49 years and have two children, Julie (Murdock) Voak and Shawn Murdock.
Don graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1967 and received his degree at Finger Lakes Community College. Don worked in the field of agriculture for most of his career. After relocating to the Adirondacks in 1999 he worked for building contractors and then began his own business, White Lake Creations, constructing custom rustic furniture.
Don was a member and supporter of the Penn Yan Academy FFA. He was a past member of the Benton Fire Department in Benton. More recently he was a member of the Woodgate Fire Department where he served as a firefighter and EMT for 15 years. He was also the EMS captain and president during that time. While his children were growing up he was involved in the 4-H program in Yates County. Don was the president of the Yates County Farm Bureau. He acted as the president of the Accounting Club at the community college. More recently, he served Boy Scout Troup 68 as a certified merit badge counselor for first aid and woodworking. Don was endeared to many due to his quick smile, sense of humor and willingness to help others.
He is survived by his beloved wife Jean; his daughter, Julie (Frank) Voak; and grandsons Alexander and Aaron Voak of Penn Yan; a brother, Robert (Jeanne) Murdock and sister Mary Ellen (Larry) Allen of Penn Yan; his in-laws, Amos and Laura Hammond of Penn Yan; a sister-in-law, Joan (Russ) Giesy of Leesburg, Fla.,; brothers-in-law, Wade Hammond of Penn Yan, and Glenn (Val) Hammond of Summerville, S.C.; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews as well as many friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Lu Murdock, and son Shawn Murdock.
Memorial gifts in Don’s memory can be made to the National Brain Tumor Society. Donate on line at www.braintumor.org. Arrangements are being handled by the Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post St., Boonville, N.Y. For an online message of sympathy please go to www.millsfuneralhomes.com.