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Edward Murdoch
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Edward Charles "Ted" Murdoch, 82, died Thursday, July 15 with his daughter by his side.

He was born April 15, 1928 to Robert Stuart Murdoch and Pearl Elizabeth Murdoch and was raised in Revere, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the army in March of 1947 and was honorably discharged in 1949. He then attended MIT in Massachusetts and soon began a career in computer programming in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary with a Masters Degree.

While living in Los Angeles in 1959, one of his friends introduced him to LaVonne Joy Dalrymple and in June of 1960 they married. He worked for several software companies as a technical writer and retired in 1995. He also drove a school bus for special needs children during retirement. He volunteered with the Veterans Association as well as Trinity Presbyterian Church in San Carlos.

In 2009, Mr. Murdoch was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and he and his wife moved from the Bay area to the Central Valley to be near their oldest daughter, Gwyneth.

He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.

Survivors include his wife, LaVonne; his devoted and loving children and grandchildren, daughters, Gwyneth (Troy) Fernandes of Escalon and Lorraine Murdoch; grandchildren, Raquel Fernandes of Modesto, Joey Fernandes of Great Lakes, Illinois, Brittany Best and Matt Best, and Zachary Fernandes, all of Escalon.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother and two brothers, Robert and John Murdoch.

A memorial service is planned for Thursday, July 22 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church in San Carlos, CA.

Arrangements by Deegan Funeral Chapel, Escalon with an online guest book at

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

July 21, 2010