Gordon Fred Murri, 84, passed away, March 10, 2022 at a local medical center surrounded by his loving family.
Gordon was born on September 22, 1937 in St. Anthony, Idaho, to William Fred Murri and Anna Harriet Johnson Murri. He was the second oldest of five children. He graduated from Pocatello High School in 1955. He attended Idaho State University before serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Northwestern States. Following his mission he graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.
In 1959 as Gordon was completing his mission he met Carol Lee Nelsen, who would later become his eternal sweetheart. Gordon traveled from Idaho to Olympia, Washington to ask Engvald Nelsen for his daughter, Carol’s hand in marriage. Engvald was stern but saw Gordon as a perfect match for his precious daughter. Actually, Engvald had no say in the matter Carol and her mother Ilene had arranged everything. On June 1, 1962 Gordon married his sweetheart for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. It was a true love story that lasted over 42 years until she passed in 2004. She was the rock of his life and held the family together. Following their marriage Gordon received his Master of Arts in Education at Idaho State University. Gordon taught school at School District #25 and Idaho State University College of Education – Lab School. He was the first principal at Indian Hills Elementary. Gordon later worked for School District #25 as the Elementary Consultant - Director of Curriculum then as the Assistant Principal at Indian Hills Elementary. Gordon also worked for Cornelison Funeral Home for 20 years. He loved helping people, even at the most difficult time. He wasn’t squeamish, the dead he had come to terms with… the living needed help that he could provide.
Gordon and Carol were blessed with three adopted children, Mitchell H., Lance Gordon and Jennie Lee. He loved the Lord and his family. He loved traveling the Oregon Coast with his sweetheart and family. Together Gordon and Carol traveled Europe, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii and the United States. He enjoyed classical music, football, basketball and collecting dolphins. Gordon was a soloist for many functions. He loved to cook and entertain family and friends. He loved flowers and having a beautiful yard. He was a member of the Friends of the Cemetery Committee.
Gordon was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, possessing a great love for his Savior, Jesus Christ. His knowledge of scripture was extensive, and he loved sharing the gospel in his teaching. He served in many positions in the Church including a Counselor in the Bishopric, Several Stake Missions, Ward Mission Leader, Stake Mission President, Young Men’s President, Stake High Council, Gospel Doctrine Teacher in Sunday School and as a Home Teacher. He also served as an Officiator in the Idaho Falls Temple.
Gordon is survived by his children, Mitchell H., Sacramento CA; Lance G., Pocatello; Jennie Lee, Pocatello; five grandchildren, Bradley K Ostler (Sara), Brittney Lee Ostler Kvasnicka (Tony), Brynn Nichole Ostler (Josh Elder), Aubrey Nycole Murri Wilson (Matt) and Braxtyn Mae Ostler. Six great grandchildren Tyce Bradley Ostler, Kynlee Nichole Stears, Ellet Michael Ostler, McCoy Nelsen Kvasnicka, Brexly Sawyer Kvasnicka and Karter Cavanaugh. He is also survived by one sister DeAnne. He was proceeded in death by his sweetheart Carol, his parents and his three brothers Bill, Richard, and Blair. As a patriarch in the family, he loved all of his siblings’ children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and gloried in their accomplishments.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 11 a.m. in the Gwen Street LDS Ward Chapel, 1433 Gwen Dr. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Tuesday evening at the Cornelison - Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello and at the Church Wednesday morning from 10-10:45 am. Interment will follow services in the Mountain View Cemetery. Donations may be given in Gordon’s memory to your favorite charity.