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Douglas Wayne Murdock


Douglas Wayne Murdock, “Tí Įhpé’ic’ia,” “Throws Himself in the Lodge,” 68, died April 25, 2019, in the Billings Clinic in Billings. Dougal (as named by his Uncle Puss early in his childhood) was born in Poplar July 13, 1950, the second child of Albert “Bert” and Rosella (McConnell) Murdock. He grew up in Frazer and attended school there.
He worked on Jim Scott’s farm in his early years into high school until he decided to forgo college and joined the Marine Corps in 1968 at the age of 17. He served in Vietnam as a member of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division. As the smallest member of his squad, he served as a “tunnel rat.” He was in the Da Nang area for most of his tour.
He married Janice Wallette on June 9, 1973. Later that year, he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in October. They moved back to Montana where he started his career with the Corps of Engineers in 1974. His son, Jason, was born later that year.
He retired in 2007, with 37 years of federal service. He soon got bored with retirement and started working at the Silverwolf Casino. He later worked for the TERO office for four years and then retired again. Once again, he got bored and started working for the Frazer School. He eventually retired for health reasons from being an Assiniboine language teacher, a job he loved.
He had a great desire and love of coaching and sports in general. He coached alongside his father as an assistant for Frazer. He coached junior high and high school boys’ and girls’ teams throughout the years, as well as teams for youth tournaments. He followed all sports, except soccer. His favorites were the LA Angels, the KC Chiefs, the Washington Americans (Redskins) as he called them.
He danced fancy dance and later switched to grass dance. Traveling everywhere to attend many celebrations, he was active with the Red Bottom Committee from 1981 until 2016.
In 1998, he purchased his first Harley. That gave him a hobby that lasted the rest of his days. He attended Biker New Year (Sturgis Rally) every year from 1995 to 2018. He rode for cancer awareness, riding 1,700 miles across the state, stopping at all seven of the reservations in Montana in one week.
He is survived by his sisters, Deb Murdock and Barb Dumont; brother, Huber “Charlie” Wright; son, Jason Murdock; three grandchildren; adopted brothers, David Adams of Billings and Jeff Cappo of Canada; and his traveling partner, Colleen Birdsbill.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 29, in the Frazer School gymnasium. Burial was in the Oswego Catholic Cemetery.