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Maurice McMurdo

Maurice Todd McMurdo was born March 4, 1963, in San Francisco, and died September 25, 2009 at his Davis home. Todd was and will remain a beloved hero to many of those who knew him. He was an outstanding age group swimmer for Redding Swim Team and continued swimming in high school and college. He received his BA in Business from Cal State at Bakersfield and worked summer breaks as lifeguard with Malibu Beach, his favorite. He worked as an asphalt estimator, heavy equipment hydraulics inspector and ran his own business.

He met the light of his life, Alysia Thomas, in Bakersfield where they first became friends. Todd and Alysia were to be married October 24th at Davis where they both lived. He is remembered for his gentle ways, his calming influence, his kindness, and generous care of people and animals. The tragic loss of Todd is only the more grave in leaving his loved ones, especially Alysia, at what is much too young an age. Todd died unexpectedly Friday morning from heart failure. Sutter Davis Hospital staff was unable to revive Todd. Alysia and the family are grateful for their efforts. Todd was a loving man whom Jesus will remember.

Todd was predeceased by his father, James Howard McMurdo, Professor Emeritus Shasta College; and survived by Alysia Thomas, Davis, California; his mother, Maurita McMurdo and his sister, Dawn Maurita McMurdo, Dixon, California; his brother, Thomas Trent McMurdo, Redding, California; his two nieces, Lindsay Dabney, Redding and Hailey Hartman, Hollywood; and an aunt, Neilann Autenrieth Martinez of Yountville, California.

A memorial service will be held Friday, October 2, 2009 at 11 AM at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 116 D Street, Davis, led by Mitch Darnell. Should anyone want to express their concern they might donate to one of Todds favorite charities, Heifer International, heifer.org or to one of the donors own favorite charities.

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I am so sorry to hear about Todd's death. I didn't know he died until I read his brother's obituary notice in today's paper (July 2012). I went to school with Todd in the seventh grade. He was so sweet then, and I am so happy he had such a wonderful life. I am praying for the McMurdo family at this time of sorrow.

Kim Moulton-Dorsey Jul 7 2010 12:00 AM

I had the pleasure of coaching Todd back in 1973 & 74 and was shocked and saddened to learn of his passing. To this day, I tell people about his competitive spirit and how much fun it was to work with him.

Curt Altschul May 8 2010 12:00 AM

Todd, you will always be a great friend, team-mate and person. I was blessed to have had the time to spend with you at California State University Bakersfield and in and around the Bakersfield area. You were an amazing person and athlete. "Waggy" (Todd's nickname given to him by his swim team buddies) will be missed. You were one of those rare breed of swimmers that the more we trained, the less sleep you needed. In '85 we would be trying to get some sleep for the next long laps in the pool and you'd be up and out pulling pranks on the guys, doing what Todd did. Todd was the most generous person, he would drop anything he was doing and help you out with moving or whatever. Todd was one of the only guys to make it across the "pool-tarps" as we used to have fun at the CSB pool, working and playing. I had the privilege to live with, as room-mates, and hang-out with my good friend who I considered a brother. I could go on and on with memorable stories of "Waggy", you will be missed my friend, RIP. Dick DeBoer

Dick DeBoer May 4 2010 12:00 AM

We are sorry about the unexpected loss for your family. We are thinking of you. Marcia and Bob McKenzie

Marcia McKenzie Oct 3 2009 12:00 AM

Marti and Dawn - I was so sad Tuesday morning when I read the newspaper and saw Todd's passing. I always remember 20 plus years ago when Todd would call at the Division Office for Jim. Todd had such a funny sense of humor -- he would always entertain me on the phone. My heart goes out to you both -- losing Jim, your Mom, and now Todd. I don't have your current address so please email me when you can. I'd like to keep in touch! Take Great Care - Chris

Chris Jones Oct 1 2009 12:00 AM

Trent, We are so sorry to read about the sudden loss of your brother. Please accept our deepest sympathies for you and your family. K & J

Kevin & JoAnn Oct 1 2009 12:00 AM

Todd McMurdo was a legend of my childhood, and I'm very sad to hear about his death. He was a great swimmer, and a very cool guy. I swam for Chico, he swam for Redding. The swimmers in Chico were really impressed by him, both his speed and his leadership. Whoever wrote that "he was an outstanding age group swimmer" got it right! He will remain a legend for everyone who saw him swim. Alysia, I'm very sorry for your loss.

Michael Sweeney Sep 30 2009 12:00 AM

Deepest sympathies, With love, Lani Rodgers

Lani Rodgers Sep 29 2009 12:00 AM