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John McKay Murchison

November 14, 1926 ~ August 3, 2020 (age 93)


John McKay Murchison, son of Pauline (McKay) and Kenneth Hill Murchison, was born on November 14, 1926 in Lillington, North Carolina, peacefully passed away in his home in San Juan Capistrano, California on August 3, 2020.  John is survived by his wife of 69 years,  Liliette;  his son Neill and partner, Catherine; his grandsons Jason and Justin; his daughter Vanessa and husband, Bernard; his granddaughter, Serena; his sister, Elizabeth Brand; and brother K. Hill Murchison and wife Elizabeth.  John is pre-deceased by his sister, Kathryn M. Stewart; brothers-in-law, AG Stewart, and Robert Brand.

John spent his young years on his family’s farm in Lillington, NC, and joined the US Navy in 1944 as part of our “Greatest Generation”.  John witnessed WWII in the Pacific, specifically Okinawa, and went on to work with the Navy’s Sea Bees, in Greenland, and the reconstruction of North Africa where he met his wife in 1950, a refugee from war-torn Spain.  John continued his Naval career with the Sea Bees in posts throughout the Pacific, including Guam, the Marianna’s, the Philippines, and Hawaii.  He also spent time on the Kodiak Islands, and then deployed twice to Vietnam.  From a small farm in North Carolina, John traversed the Oceans far and wide.

Settling in Southern California in the 1960’s, John retired from the US Navy, joined the Department of Navy, until his retirement at the young age of 70.  In his retirement years, John was an avid golfer and a very accomplished gardener. 

John will be interned at the Summerville Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Lillington, NC in the near future where he will join his ancestors – the Murchisons and McKays; along with his parents Pauline (McKay) and Kenneth Hill Murchison; and his infant son, Stephen.

“God's finger touched him, and he slept.”  -- Alfred Lord Tennyson

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