Irving Leonard Munford
March 2, 1936 ~ October 28, 2016
Viewing: Wednesday, November 2nd from 6:00-7:30 pm Gillies Funeral Chapel and Thursday, November 3rd from 10:00-10:45 am at the Box Elder North Stake Center, 620 North 300 East Brigham City
Funeral services: Thursday, November 3rd at 11:00 at the Box Elder North Stake Center, 620 North 300 East Brigham City, Utah
Interment: Brigham City Cemetery
On October 28, 2016, Irving Leonard Munford was released from his stroke-ridden body and returned to the loving arms of his wife. He passed away due to an injury from a fall at his home. On March 2, 1936 he was born to Robert Gunn Munford and Rowena Marie Irving Munford in Chester, Utah. He grew up in Hurricane, Utah and was the oldest of three children, followed by his brother Ronn B. Munford and his sister Sadie R. Humphries. He was a man of many talents and interests. He developed a love for music which included the violin, woodworking, and rebuilding cars. He dedicated many hours to the scouting program and served in multiple leadership positions. Irving graduated from Hurricane High School in 1954, he then turned his eyes upon The College of Southern Utah to pursue a career in Education. It was during that time he met Mary Carol Lemmon and on September 7, 1955 they were married and sealed in the St. George LDS Temple. Together they moved to Logan, Utah to continue his education at Utah State University. In 1960, he received a Bachelor degree in Secondary Education. He then pursued a career as an Industrial Arts Teacher. In 1975 he completed a Masters of Education degree from Utah State University. He taught for 18 years at Intermountain Indian School in Brigham City, Utah where he resided with his family. After the school closed its doors in 1984, Irving continued his civil service while working for DCAA at Thiokol Corporation. On February 9, 1985, Irving and his family suffered a great loss when his eternal companion, Mary Carol passed away from a battle with lung cancer. Then on May 27, 1994, Irving suffered a debilitating stroke which left him with limited mobility and loss of speech. This caused him to retire medically in 1994. Irving enjoyed riding his bicycle to and from the Brigham City Senior Center each day where he continued his artistic abilities and painted a number of ceramics. He was an avid outdoorsman, fisherman, and hunter. Irving took pride in taking care of his yard and garden. Irving enjoyed his time as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Box Elder Credit Union and loved going to the branch and saying hello to those who knew him. Irving leaves behind his daughter and four sons to carry on his legacy. His children Suzanne (Alan) Heiner Thatcher UT, Curtis (Shauna) Munford Perry UT, Michael (Jodie) Munford Cedar City UT, Dennis "Chip" (Angie) Munford Layton UT, and Tom (Kim) Munford Brigham City UT are grateful he is no longer imprisoned in his body. To Irving and Mary Carol, family mattered most. He leaves a posterity of 5 children, 26 grand children, and 26 great-grand children. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. Funeral services for Irving will be held at the Box Elder North Stake Center, 620 North 300 East Brigham City, Utah at 11:00 am with a viewing prior from 10:00-10:45 am. This is the stake center where Irving worked as a custodian for 10 years to be able to support his sons on missions. Friends and family may also gather at The Gillies Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, November 2nd from 6:00-7:30 pm. Interment at the Brigham City Cemetery.
Chip, so sorry for your loss. It's hard to loose your dad, even if his health was poor but find peace in families are forever. Condolences to you and yours.
Laura Ann Pipes
Gordon B Hinckley said, " Death is not the end, but a more glorified existence." Such comforting yet simple words...Sending our thoughts and comforting prayers to you and your family.
I'm so sorry for the loss of your father.