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George T. Murdock: 1917-2000.
George Thomas (Tom) Murdock, Sr., founder of one of America's largest herb companies, passed away January 4, 2000. He was born February 24, 1917, on an Indian reservation in Arcadia (Red Cap), Utah, now known as Ioka. He grew up in Utah and Phoenix, Arizona and married his sweetheart, Ellora Lalovi Fish, in 1940.

As a Stake Missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, he taught thousands over the years and wrote and distributed missionary literature sent all over the world. He loved music, had a beautiful voice and enjoyed singing at many occasions.

Tom had a great love for people evidenced by his greeting to everyone, "Howdy, Neighbor!" He also had tremendous compassion for those in need, reaching out daily to lend a helping hand wherever one was needed.

Tom was fearless as well as innovative. As an entrepreneur he started numerous businesses of various kinds. He pioneered air conditioning in Arizona during World War II. With his son Ken, he founded Nature's Way Products in 1969 as a result of his searching for a treatment to relieve his wife, Lalovi, who was suffering from cancer. During the 1970s and 1980s, Nature's Way became one of the largest and most innovative herb companies in the U.S. He has been acknowledged as a pioneer of the natural and holistic movement in America leading the renaissance of botanical medicines in the 1970's.

He is survived by his five children: Carolyn Hastings of Gilbert, AZ; George Thomas Murdock Jr. of Orem; Ken Murdock of Springville; Madelyn Mrykalo of Provo; Marlene Black of Springville; 30 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Alice Burton of Hemet, CA; Lurrene Childs of Littleton, CO.

Article copyright American Botanical Council.


By Barbara A. Johnston