PRICE - Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and longtime friend, Murry Worley Pierce, age 68, finished his courageous battle Jan. 7, 2012 under the excellent care of the Bone Marrow Transplant Team at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.
He was the 15th of 17 children born to Murry Elton and Thelma Ruth Worley Pierce in Wellington on March 10, 1943.
Murry grew up in Wellington in a very close and loving family who meant the world to him. In 1961, he graduated from Carbon High School and later served in the Army Reserves. Murry married the angel of his life, Joyce Jeanselme on March 6, 1965 and they made their home in Price for past 46 years.
Beginning in 1979 and running through 1994, Murry operated Murry's Center Texaco, a local landmark and "institution" on Main Street and Carbon Avenue in Price. Murry was always willing to fill your tank and boost your self esteem with his customary "goodbye" that those who knew him will never forget. A cup of coffee, cold drink or something with a little more "spirit" and good conversation could always be had.
Murry lived a very full and mischievous life. He was always doing the things that made him happy and he brought great joy to those around him. There was never a dull moment with Murry, even right to the very end. If Murry had something to say, he said it, if there was something that needed to be done, he did it. His motto was "If you can't have fun, don't show up".
Murry was a friend to everyone and he'll be greatly missed by his family and a community of friends.
Survived by his loving wife, Joyce Pierce; children, Richard (Leigh) Pierce, Joelle (Scott) Jones, and Robert "Rusty" Pierce; four brothers and four sisters, Ellis, Asay, Ward, Ben, Roberta, Elaine, Josephine and Rayma; four grandchildren, Austin Pierce, Kylie (Tristan) Tiller, Sam and Braxton Jones; great-grandson, Kysan; and hundreds of nieces and nephews who all had a special place in his heart.
Preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Klebe and Howard; sister, Leora; and five infant brothers and sisters.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the entire staff at LDS Hospital, especially the Bone Marrow Transplant Team for allowing Murry to make the best of his last years.
Funeral service, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, 11 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home (233 E. Main Street) in Price. Family will be at Mitchell's Tuesday evening from 6 - 8 p.m. and Wednesday one hour prior to service. Interment, Price City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home where friends are welcome to share memories of Murry at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions to Primary Children's Medical Center, Box 58249, Salt Lake City, Utah 84158.