South Jordan, Utah -

After fighting for a long time, Jeff lost the battle with his health on February 12th, 2023.

Jeff was born on July 29th, 1963 in Price, UT to Dennis Glen and Janet Sue Murdock. He graduated from Timberline High School in Lacey, WA before going to Ricks College in Rexburg, ID. He took a 2-year break from school to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Thailand. He then transferred to Brigham Young University in Provo, UT where he met the love of his life.

On February 20th, 1988 Jeff married Dawna Michelle Briggs. They proceeded to have 5 children and lived a beautiful life together. Jeff’s family was the most important thing to him. He loved to brag about his children to all that would listen and made it a priority to spend time with his family.

Jeff began his career working with troubled youth in 1987 when he took a job as a live-in counselor at West Ridge Academy. At the time he was still attending school at BYU studying psychology and education. Once he graduated, he decided to continue working with the youth, instead of teaching, and began pursuing his Master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from Phillip’s Graduate Institute. Along the way, Jeff worked as a home parent, school teacher, school administrator, and clinical intern before becoming a clinical therapist. After Jeff became a full-time licensed therapist, he has also served as an assistant clinical director, campus administrator, and training director. He also loved announcing the boys’ basketball games.

Jeff was a man of many talents. He loved music. He loved to write songs, play the piano, and jam out with his son and brothers. He enjoyed acting in plays. He loved sports and was pretty much always watching, talking about, or playing them.

Jeff is survived by his wife, Dawna Michelle Murdock, his children, Tyler (Whitney) Murdock, Crystal (Trent) Ingersoll, Jacquelyn (Riley) Heywood, Kyle Murdock, Landyn Murdock, his 6 grandchildren, his parents, and his siblings, Steve (Laraine) Murdock, Chad (Janet) Murdock, Randy (Paula) Murdock, Launa (Travis) Simmons and Julie (Kelby) Stout. He is preceded in death by his brothers Christopher Todd Murdock and Daniel Keele Murdock.

A funeral service will be held in his honor on Friday, February 24th, 2023 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 4113 W 6200 S, West Jordan, UT 84084 with visitation starting at 9:00 a.m., followed by services at 10:00 a.m. Burial will take place at the West Jordan City Cemetery immediately following. An additional viewing will be held on Thursday, February 23rd, 2023 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the same church building.

Services are entrusted to the care of Affordable Funerals and Cremations, condolences may be left at www.afcfuneralhome.com

Services

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Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Westbrook Stake Center
4113 West 6200 South
West Jordan, UT 84084

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Friday, Feb. 24, 2023 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The Westbrook Stake Center
4113 West 6200 South
West Jordan, UT 84084

Funeral Service

Friday, Feb. 24, 2023 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The Westbrook Stake Center
4113 West 6200 South
West Jordan, UT 84084

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Affordable Funerals & Cremations - Salt Lake City
4387 South 500 West
Murray, UT

Life Story Info

Post Date

Feb 18, 2023

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I first met Jeff in 1989 at the Utah boys ranch. I was only 10 years old. I remember how nice he was too me the first night I was there. He showed me that he could play the Van Halen song "jump" on the keyboard. I was so impressed it sounded exactly like Van Halen. I kept in touch with Jeff throughout the years from time to time. I watched him advance his career from the bottom all the way to the top. He was very competitive. My heart goes out to his family, and wife Michelle. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Zachary Bellock Jan 16, 2024

I first met Jeff in 1989 at the Utah boys ranch. I was only 10 years old. I remember how nice he was too me the first night I was there. He showed me that he could play the Van Halen song "jump" on the keyboard. I was so impressed it sounded exactly like Van Halen. I kept in touch with Jeff throughout the years from time to time. I watched him advance his career from the bottom all the way to the top. He was very competitive. My heart goes out to his family, and wife Michelle. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Zachary Bellock Jan 16, 2024

Oh gosh, I'm so sorry about the repeated posts. A script on the page doesn't seam to be working. So sorry everyone!

Robert Jones , American Fork , UT, US Feb 20, 2023

I am so saddened to hear about Jeff's passing. He left us way too soon. He should have lived to a ripe old age of 90 before it was his time. I have so many memories of Jeff. So many of them, I can't pick just one to share. One of the sweetest memories I have of him stems from his endless compassion for others. Jeff was not only musically talented, but loved to speak his compassion through his music. He wrote songs that acted as tributes to others such as "fight the fight" and "what's in your eyes?" He also had some songs that incorporated humor such as "Bob, the cat" which he would play and sing to me. Years later I finally understood the humorous approach to that song, and although I can laugh about it now, I can't laugh with him about it in body. Only in spirit. Jeff fought a very difficult fight for many years, but he never fought alone. He fought the battle with many by his side, fighting along with him. Having many battles of my own, I never felt alone in fighting to be understood and to stay alive because I was well understood, more so than I realized at the time. Now that one of my truest friends has departed it is very difficult to say goodbye, even if only temporary. John Canaan, a mutual friend whom Jeff introduced me to in 1997 wrote a song called "The boy of yesterday" and in it he sings about letting go of yesterday's self and seeing the new man each day. Jeff was very good at helping people to do this, myself included. But now it is very difficult to say goodbye to the boy of yesterday, the man I knew that made such an enormous difference in my life. As I bid a temporary adieu, I shall simply say live on Jeff, and I'll see you by and by in the grand courts of heaven someday. Until then, keep your music playing, keep singing. Adieu my friend. Rest in peace in the loving arms of Jesus Christ.

Robert Jones , American Fork , UT, US Feb 20, 2023

I am so saddened to hear about Jeff's passing. He left us way too soon. He should have lived to a ripe old age of 90 before it was his time. I have so many memories of Jeff. So many of them, I can't pick just one to share. One of the sweetest memories I have of him stems from his endless compassion for others. Jeff was not only musically talented, but loved to speak his compassion through his music. He wrote songs that acted as tributes to others such as "fight the fight" and "what's in your eyes?" He also had some songs that incorporated humor such as "Bob, the cat" which he would play and sing to me. Years later I finally understood the humorous approach to that song, and although I can laugh about it now, I can't laugh with him about it in body. Only in spirit. Jeff fought a very difficult fight for many years, but he never fought alone. He fought the battle with many by his side, fighting along with him. Having many battles of my own, I never felt alone in fighting to be understood and to stay alive because I was well understood, more so than I realized at the time. Now that one of my truest friends has departed it is very difficult to say goodbye, even if only temporary. John Canaan, a mutual friend whom Jeff introduced me to in 1997 wrote a song called "The boy of yesterday" and in it he sings about letting go of yesterday's self and seeing the new man each day. Jeff was very good at helping people to do this, myself included. But now it is very difficult to say goodbye to the boy of yesterday, the man I knew that made such an enormous difference in my life. As I bid a temporary adieu, I shall simply say live on Jeff, and I'll see you by and by in the grand courts of heaven someday. Until then, keep your music playing, keep singing. Adieu my friend. Rest in peace in the loving arms of Jesus Christ.

Robert Jones , American Fork , UT, US Feb 20, 2023

I am so saddened to hear about Jeff's passing. He left us way too soon. He should have lived to a ripe old age of 90 before it was his time. I have so many memories of Jeff. So many of them, I can't pick just one to share. One of the sweetest memories I have of him stems from his endless compassion for others. Jeff was not only musically talented, but loved to speak his compassion through his music. He wrote songs that acted as tributes to others such as "fight the fight" and "what's in your eyes?" He also had some songs that incorporated humor such as "Bob, the cat" which he would play and sing to me. Years later I finally understood the humorous approach to that song, and although I can laugh about it now, I can't laugh with him about it in body. Only in spirit. Jeff fought a very difficult fight for many years, but he never fought alone. He fought the battle with many by his side, fighting along with him. Having many battles of my own, I never felt alone in fighting to be understood and to stay alive because I was well understood, more so than I realized at the time. Now that one of my truest friends has departed it is very difficult to say goodbye, even if only temporary. John Canaan, a mutual friend whom Jeff introduced me to in 1997 wrote a song called "The boy of yesterday" and in it he sings about letting go of yesterday's self and seeing the new man each day. Jeff was very good at helping people to do this, myself included. But now it is very difficult to say goodbye to the boy of yesterday, the man I knew that made such an enormous difference in my life. As I bid a temporary adieu, I shall simply say live on Jeff, and I'll see you by and by in the grand courts of heaven someday. Until then, keep your music playing, keep singing. Adieu my friend. Rest in peace in the loving arms of Jesus Christ.

Robert Jones , American Fork , UT, US Feb 20, 2023

I am so saddened to hear about Jeff's passing. He left us way too soon. He should have lived to a ripe old age of 90 before it was his time. I have so many memories of Jeff. So many of them, I can't pick just one to share. One of the sweetest memories I have of him stems from his endless compassion for others. Jeff was not only musically talented, but loved to speak his compassion through his music. He wrote songs that acted as tributes to others such as "fight the fight" and "what's in your eyes?" He also had some songs that incorporated humor such as "Bob, the cat" which he would play and sing to me. Years later I finally understood the humorous approach to that song, and although I can laugh about it now, I can't laugh with him about it in body. Only in spirit. Jeff fought a very difficult fight for many years, but he never fought alone. He fought the battle with many by his side, fighting along with him. Having many battles of my own, I never felt alone in fighting to be understood and to stay alive because I was well understood, more so than I realized at the time. Now that one of my truest friends has departed it is very difficult to say goodbye, even if only temporary. John Canaan, a mutual friend whom Jeff introduced me to in 1997 wrote a song called "The boy of yesterday" and in it he sings about letting go of yesterday's self and seeing the new man each day. Jeff was very good at helping people to do this, myself included. But now it is very difficult to say goodbye to the boy of yesterday, the man I knew that made such an enormous difference in my life. As I bid a temporary adieu, I shall simply say live on Jeff, and I'll see you by and by in the grand courts of heaven someday. Until then, keep your music playing, keep singing. Adieu my friend. Rest in peace in the loving arms of Jesus Christ.

Robert Jones , American Fork , UT, US Feb 20, 2023

I am so saddened to hear about Jeff's passing. He left us way too soon. He should have lived to a ripe old age of 90 before it was his time. I have so many memories of Jeff. So many of them, I can't pick just one to share. One of the sweetest memories I have of him stems from his endless compassion for others. Jeff was not only musically talented, but loved to speak his compassion through his music. He wrote songs that acted as tributes to others such as "fight the fight" and "what's in your eyes?" He also had some songs that incorporated humor such as "Bob, the cat" which he would play and sing to me. Years later I finally understood the humorous approach to that song, and although I can laugh about it now, I can't laugh with him about it in body. Only in spirit. Jeff fought a very difficult fight for many years, but he never fought alone. He fought the battle with many by his side, fighting along with him. Having many battles of my own, I never felt alone in fighting to be understood and to stay alive because I was well understood, more so than I realized at the time. Now that one of my truest friends has departed it is very difficult to say goodbye, even if only temporary. John Canaan, a mutual friend whom Jeff introduced me to in 1997 wrote a song called "The boy of yesterday" and in it he sings about letting go of yesterday's self and seeing the new man each day. Jeff was very good at helping people to do this, myself included. But now it is very difficult to say goodbye to the boy of yesterday, the man I knew that made such an enormous difference in my life. As I bid a temporary adieu, I shall simply say live on Jeff, and I'll see you by and by in the grand courts of heaven someday. Until then, keep your music playing, keep singing. Adieu my friend. Rest in peace in the loving arms of Jesus Christ.

Robert Jones , American Fork , UT, US Feb 20, 2023

I am so saddened to hear about Jeff's passing. He left us way too soon. He should have lived to a ripe old age of 90 before it was his time. I have so many memories of Jeff. So many of them, I can't pick just one to share. One of the sweetest memories I have of him stems from his endless compassion for others. Jeff was not only musically talented, but loved to speak his compassion through his music. He wrote songs that acted as tributes to others such as "fight the fight" and "what's in your eyes?" He also had some songs that incorporated humor such as "Bob, the cat" which he would play and sing to me. Years later I finally understood the humorous approach to that song, and although I can laugh about it now, I can't laugh with him about it in body. Only in spirit. Jeff fought a very difficult fight for many years, but he never fought alone. He fought the battle with many by his side, fighting along with him. Having many battles of my own, I never felt alone in fighting to be understood and to stay alive because I was well understood, more so than I realized at the time. Now that one of my truest friends has departed it is very difficult to say goodbye, even if only temporary. John Canaan, a mutual friend whom Jeff introduced me to in 1997 wrote a song called "The boy of yesterday" and in it he sings about letting go of yesterday's self and seeing the new man each day. Jeff was very good at helping people to do this, myself included. But now it is very difficult to say goodbye to the boy of yesterday, the man I knew that made such an enormous difference in my life. As I bid a temporary adieu, I shall simply say live on Jeff, and I'll see you by and by in the grand courts of heaven someday. Until then, keep your music playing, keep singing. Adieu my friend. Rest in peace in the loving arms of Jesus Christ.

Robert Jones , American Fork , UT, US Feb 20, 2023

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