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Melvin Kenneth Muir

January 25, 1932 — June 26, 2024

Millcreek

In the twilight of a life woven with threads of resilience and determination, Melvin Kenneth Muir bid farewell to this world on June 26, 2024. His remarkable journey, which began in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 25, 1932, unfolded as a testament to courage in the face of adversity, and an unwavering commitment to family and community.

Ken's early years were shaped by the harsh realities of his homeland. His coming of age marked a pivotal moment, as he embarked on a voyage with the Merchant Marines, a formative experience that instilled in him the virtues of fortitude and resourcefulness. The gold mines of Rhodesia furthered his awareness of human strife and appreciation for our natural resources, etching into his character a resolve that would define his path.

It was during these formative years that Ken met his beloved wife, Dawn (Owen-Davies) Muir. Ken and Dawn married on April 6, 1957 and their union, spanning an impressive 67 years, stood as a beacon of steadfast companionship and mutual support. Shortly after their marriage Ken and Dawn made the courageous decision to leave South Africa and forge a new life in Canada.

Their journey continued across borders and through the corridors of academia, as Ken pursued knowledge and enlightenment. A distinguished scholar, he earned his Bachelor's degree in from Brigham Young University, followed by Master's and Doctoral degrees from Penn State University. His academic pursuits provided him an opportunity to teach at Montana State University before returning to Utah, where he and Dawn established roots and nurtured a growing family.

Ken's legacy extended beyond the walls of academia, resonating deeply within the communities he touched. He was a devoted husband and father of two sons, and he cherished the role of grandfather to his three grandchildren, guiding each with wisdom earned from a life richly lived. His dedication to service found expression in a myriad of forms, from leadership as a Scoutmaster to his steadfast commitment to environmental stewardship with the Salt Lake County Health Department. For over two decades, he labored to safeguard the natural splendor of Utah's landscapes, ensuring pristine drinking water and clean air for future generations.

Ken's passions were as diverse as they were profound. An avid explorer of nature's wonders, he reveled in the majesty of Arches, Zion, and Capitol Reef National Parks, where each canyon and peak bore witness to his enduring spirit of adventure. His love for sports and gardening mirrored his zest for life, while his abiding affection for family illuminated every facet of his being.

In bidding farewell to Ken, we honor not only the life he lived but the indelible mark he left upon our hearts. His was a life animated by courage, enriched by love, and defined by an unwavering commitment to justice and community. As we remember his journey, may we carry forward his legacy of resilience, compassion, and boundless curiosity, forever inspired by the example he set and the enduring spirit he embodied.

Ken is survived by his wife, Dawn Muir, his two sons Michael Kenneth Muir (Carmen) and Melvin Alan Muir (Rachel), and his three grandchildren, Alexander, Isabella and MaKenna.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 11:00 a.m. at the Canyon Rim Stake Center, 3051 South 2900 East, Millcreek, Utah 84109 with a viewing that morning from 9:00 – 10:45 a.m. Interment will be at Memorial Holladay Cemetery, 4900 South Memory Lane, Holladay, Utah 84117.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

9:00 - 10:45 am (Mountain time)

Canyon Rim Stake Center

3051 S 2900 E, Millcreek, UT 84109

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

Canyon Rim Stake Center

3051 S 2900 E, Millcreek, UT 84109

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Interment

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

12:30 - 1:30 pm (Mountain time)

Memorial Holladay Cemetery

4900 S Memory Ln, Holladay, UT 84117

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