Joseph Glenn Murray

September 14, 1934 — January 31, 2017

Joseph Glenn Murray

Joseph Glenn Murray was born September 14, 1934 to L. Glenn (Penny) Murray and Marinda Hall Murray. He was the second child of ten children born to Penny and Rin. When Joe was very young on his way to milk the cow his neighbors could hear him sing and always commented on his beautiful voice. He liked boxing, and was never beaten in the ring and tied once with Ken Huber who ended up being one of his best friends. He liked to play baseball and played the position of catcher. He played football and wrestled. He wrestled to a third place medal in state. That was the spark that started 40 plus years of Uintah High School Wrestling State Championships and 60 plus years of Wrestling State Champions. He won a Grand Champion Beef ribbon in the stock show. Joe had an eye for conformation wether it be in cattle or horses. Growing up there was two Joe Murray's, so before long being the youngest of the two, Joe became known as Little Joe. People would ask who is your father, and you would reply Joe Murray and they would say which Joe? And you would reply Little Joe, and most times they would grin and say have I got a story for you. Joe and his best friend Dave Rasmussen enjoyed chasing Mountain Lion and Bear. They constructed their own version of how to put a live lion in a barrel. If you can talk Dave into telling you the stories it is well worth your time. Joe tried his hand at farming and ranching. Then he started Hellanback Hot Oil Service which he later turned over to his son Glenn. People would ask Joe why he named his company Hellanback? He would reply "If you ran one of these S.O.Bin. hot oil trucks long enough you would know you have been to hell and back". He went to Hollywood Park in California and bought two of his first Thorobreds out of a sale. That started what was a very successful period for him and LaRaine's string of winning race horses. They would load up Lainey and off to the races they would go. Nobody had more fun than Joe and LaRaine. Joe made friends easily around the race track. He made lifetime friends from trainers and owners around the country. Joe is survived by his wife LaRaine of 46 years. Three sons Glenn, Randall, and Scott. One daughter Lainey. Sisters Meriel, Deanna, Saralyn, Marinda, and Mary. Brothers Robert and Bill. Graveside services will be Friday, February 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Dry Fork Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be at the Blackburn Vernal Mortuary from 12:45-1:45 prior to traveling to cemetery.
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