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Ian McMurchy Has Passed Away!

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Unread 12-23-2008, 02:37 PM
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Ian's Obituary

Ian's friend, Wayne, emailed me this obituary today.
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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. .
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    Unread 12-23-2008, 03:08 PM
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    The last 2 months we have been so busy out here at my work i havent been able to get on LRH much or talk to any of the shooting guys. i was happy this morning to check my email and see a mail from Ian in my inbox, he used to send me and Bill some of his articles to review for him. i was really hoping it was another of his articles he was wanting us to review for him but obviously it wasnt. i really wish i had spent more time on here recently to maybe catch some of his post. truly a sad day for everyone in the shooting community.

    about 3yrs ago me and Bill went to the Nikon BDC shoot down in north texas so our Nikon reo could teach us about their new BDC reticle. we were both amazed to see that Ian was one of the main designers of the reticle. both of us felt pretty cool to tell everyone that we new Ian McMurchy and our rep went on and on about how amazing of a shot Ian was and how great he was to meet in person.

    We're gonna miss ya Ian

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    Unread 12-23-2008, 07:02 PM
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    That is too bad he will be missed...
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    Unread 12-23-2008, 07:24 PM
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    A great loss.

    I got an email from his family earlier today.

    I only knew Ian in the cyber/email world, but he stepped up to the plate for me at a time I was having some bad Nikon CS issues. His intervention resulted in a brand new Nikon Tactical scope hitting my doorstep in 48 hours.....That kind of help to a relative stranger speaks volumes of his character.

    He is missed already.
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    Oh and Len, that story you posted the pic from on the front page of this, the pic from Ian's Copper River griz hunt. that is probably one of my favorite stories ever to read. that exciting of a hunt is just story buck, anyone who hasnt read it would be wise to look it up in the archives and give it a go.

    at the time i read it i was trying, succesfully, to talk my dad into a griz hunt, then i had my mom read it. dad had one night at home with mom and that hunt was cancelled and she was terrified!! guess Ian wasnt just a great shooter but also maybe to great of a writer!

    damn were gonna miss you buddy
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    Unread 12-24-2008, 08:28 AM
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    Lerch
    This spring I was with Ian shooting drops in many popular calibers out of contender pistols for another rectile he was helping develop. Ian also had alot of the good input for the design of the TC Icon.
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    My thoughts and prayers for Ian's family circle. Go bless!
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