SSS member Lt. Col. Tom Murch, USAF (Ret) headed West November 11, 2013 after being a cancer survivor for 14 years. Preceded in death by parents Lillian Murch (Ainsworth), John Murch and brother Ken Murch (MA). Survived by wife Lucy, sisters Nancy Tetrault (CA), Bonnie Hamilton (MA), and brother John Murch (MA), and children Jim (Lara), Eric (Mayra), and Mary (Nathan).
From 1953-1973 tom was a USAF fighter pilot F-100, F-105 and the F-111. Tom flew with the 4521st CCTS at Nellis AFB, NV and later with the 44TFS, Kadena AB, Okinawa.
After leaving the USAF he served on the first Queen Creek Town Council for 8 years and 2 years as Vice-Mayor. Considered by many to be the “John Wayne” of Queen Creek for his relentless pursuit of the common good.
Visitation was held Sunday (Nov 17) at Falconers Funeral Home, Gilbert AZ. Church services were held at Sun Lakes Community Church Monday (Nov 18) and burial followed at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix, AZ.