Ian's friend, Wayne, emailed me this obituary today.
MCMURCHY, IAN ARCHIBALD-It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Ian Archibald McMurchy at the age of 64 years. Ian passed away on Friday, December 19, 2008 following a courageous battle with Vasculitis. Ian was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a great family man and he adored his wife, children and grandchildren. They were his pride and joy. His compassion, soft-spoken strength and generous spirit will be forever missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. Ian was born January 23, 1944 in the Town of Reston, Manitoba to Marjorie and Colin McMurchy.
He attended the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1968 he completed a diploma in Renewable Resources Technology at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. On January 29, 1966, he was united in marriage to Darlene Carolyn Dancy in Saskatoon, SK and January 2009 would have been their 43rd wedding anniversary. Ian worked for Saskatchewan Fisheries in Saskatoon and in 1969 they moved to Prince Albert where he worked for the Saskatchewan Department of Forestry. In 1974 they moved to Regina where Ian worked for the Department of Wildlife.
Upon retirement in 1996, Ian started his own business and was able to pursue his true passion; outdoor photography and writing. His photographs were featured on over 100 magazine covers and he published countless hunting and outdoor sporting articles as well as two books. Ian was a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and held various editorial positions for numerous outdoor magazines throughout North America. He spent a great deal of time developing unique methods of testing the various equipment that he wrote about and was an authority on long range and precision shooting. He served as a moderator for www.longrangehunting.com
where he touched many lives by sharing his vast knowledge and experience on his favorite subjects.
Ian is survived by his loving wife Darlene; children Heather (Robert) Collins and their daughters Mary and Gianna, Regina, SK; Katherine (Leonard) Frass, Saskatoon, SK; Glen (Chantelle) and their daughter Trinity, Regina, SK; Joanna (Trent) Fleece, Houston, TX; brother Malcolm (Myrna) McMurchy, Saskatoon, SK; mother Marjorie Robinson, Saskatoon, SK; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was predeceased by his father Colin McMurchy. The family would like to thank all the local pharmacists, medical specialists and nursing staff of the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region for their help and support.
A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK on Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. with Reverend Jim Balfour officiating. Interment will take place at Regina Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to sign the online book of condolences at Arbor Memorial Services Inc.