Melinda Ann Murphy

Hurricane, Utah – Melinda Ann Murphy, 55, passed away on Monday, June 21, 2021. Melinda was born September 12, 1965, in Henderson Nevada to Nancy Bloomquist and John Curtis. Melinda married Michael Murphy on June 27, 1983, in Mare Island California.

Melinda grew up in Hurricane, Utah, and enjoyed the outdoors. After marrying Michael, a career Navy man, she moved around a bunch, ultimately settling to raise her five kids in Hemet, CA. As a mother, Melinda had developed many abilities, like the ability to know a ball from a strike even all the way from the bleachers. She also could whistle, very loud- you could hear it across the neighborhood. Some might even say she was part daredevil, on family sledding trips, Mom was always the one who would slide the fastest and hit jumps the hardest regularly getting the most air.

Mom always loved being “home” which was Hurricane. We would, as a family, visit Grandma Nancy as often as we could manage. One day she was able to convince her husband to abandon California to move to Utah, to “take care of the family”, but we all knew it was so she can be “home”. Upon returning “home” she got work driving tour buses for Zion National Park, which, as luck would have it, was one of her favorite places on earth. Mom loved family and was loving and motherly to all. She especially enjoyed being a Grandma. Every new grandkid made her happier and happier, albeit more and more exhausted. She was so excited to meet her two new grandbabies in the fall. Looks like she gets to meet them sooner!

Melinda is survived by her husband: Michael, her children: Josh (Bethany), Shane (Lindsay), Kristin (Drew), Zach (Amber), and Amber (Matt), her grandchildren: Cub, Mac Mac, Mocha, Galilee Girl, Mooktwos #1, Hudson Boy, Mooktwos #2, Baby Roe (OJ), Bucket, Mooktwos #3, and pups, her siblings, Janine, Brandon, Geno, Susan, Cherie, Judith, Linda, John, and Jay, and her mother Nancy Chancellor. Melinda is preceded in death by her father Curtis Chancellor, while not related by blood, he was the father and grandfather we all cherished.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at 11:00 am at Spilsbury Hurricane Valley Mortuary, 25 N 2000 W, Hurricane, UT, 84737. The family will receive visitors beginning at 10:00 am prior to service. Immediately following the service, a graveside dedication will take place at the Hurricane City Cemetery.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Melinda’s online guestbook at




Second Visitation


11:00 am


Spilsbury Hurricane Valley
25 N 2000 W, Hurricane, UT 84737


Hurricane City Cemetery
225 E 600 N, Hurricane, UT 84737

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12 Responses

  1. My condolences to all. I am so sorry for your loss. Malinda was such a beautiful person! She always gave 100%+ to anything she was a part of. She went out of her way to help others reach their goals and never expected anything in return. May your sorrows be lessened each passing day. As you remember all the good times with her may your grief be lifted that you may feel hope for the future and find peace. Sincerely LuAnn White

  2. Mindy was my mother in law and the reason I fell in love with the family. She was never anything but sweet and kind to me from day one. The love she had for her family was immeasurable and she devoted her life to her kids. She truly was a blessing to have as a mother in law for the last 16 years. I’ll miss every day she’s not here and the sadness I feel is overwhelming. She left too soon and our children will miss their grandmother so much and without her we are forever changed. I love you Mindy and Thank you for accepting me and making me part of your family.

  3. So so sorry for your Loss Mindy was a very Sweet Person, havent seen her in a few yrs But knew her when she was younger & Her Sweet Mom, gone Too soon RIP Mindy you will Be sooo Missed, Sincerely Jenny & phil!!!!

  4. I am going to miss you, Mindy. Who would of thought that would be our last telephone call a couple weeks ago. I am sad but I am also glad you are not suffering from any pain anymore. You have family and friends, including me, who have to adjust that you are not longer here with us, but you will remain forever in our hearts, til we see each other again. RIP Mindy.❤️🙏

  5. I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother! She was such a beautiful sould and even a motherly person to me and my kids. She will be missed. I love you all and my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  6. I’ve been trying to find a way to put into words what I’ve been feeling since I learned of Melinda’s passing. My heart has been grieving and tonight it hurts a lot. I am so grateful for Melinda and for her immeasurable love and acceptance. I remember the first time that I met her, it was in the kitchen of the house on Buchanan. She greeted me with a hug and welcoming arms. She offered me a bowl of her famous chicken noodle soup and some extra crispy pieces to top it off. From that first meeting on, she showed not only me, but my entire family love and kindness and I am forever thankful for that. I am so blessed to have known her. I continually pray for her family and I know that she will continue to live on through each of them.

  7. Mindy and I played as little kids.Our moms were friends. Mindy left an impression on me…… I still think if her and Tanya and the moments we played.Thanks Mindy for being a childhood friend!- Laurie Ann

    1. Hi Laurie,
      Thank you for your sweet memories of Mindy. I remember the three of us playing. Hope you are doing great. Kurt Wilson just shared a fifth grade class picture I think you are in it.


  8. I am so terribly sorry for Melinda’s passing. She was a real nice person and I had the privilege of serving with her in church when she still lived in California. My prayers to her husband, kids and all the rest of her family. Too young to go…

  9. Josh, Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Melinda will be missed by all. Love, the Langston’s.

  10. I will greatly miss the opportunity to know Mindy in person. Having recently found my younger sister brought great joy to my life. I am saddened by her passing but I look forward to getting to know her children.

  11. Melinda I so going to miss you girl!
    I’ll miss our conversations and visits we had at work waiting for our shuttles to come in.
    I have already been to your grave twice on my way home from work. I still can not believe it!
    Just isn’t fair. You had so much to live for. Beautiful family and loving husband and grandkids.
    God had his reasons. We do not like it at all, but we have to accept this. You will always be remembered to me. I’ll never forget you melinda! Sad your gone and mad that you are gone. I’m so sorry this happened to you.
    Love you
    Your friend Ann fitch

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