Clayton Calvin Murdock
September 26, 1960 – September 3, 2019
Clayton Calvin Murdock (58) passed away on September 3, 2019, suddenly, in his home. Clay had been a resident and General Manager at Rancho San Miguel, in San Miguel, Ca for over 30 years.
Clay was born on September 26, 1960, to Cal and Karen Murdock in Rexburg, Idaho. It was here, in Idaho that his passion for horses, specifically race horses, began. He spent most of his youth as a jockey in both Idaho and Montana, winning the first race he ever jockeyed at 16 years old.
At 19, Clay left Idaho for Southern California, in pursuit of his horse racing dreams. He started at the bottom, living in stalls and ended at the top, managing one of the largest breeding farms in the state. He dreamed big, worked hard, and credited his success to blessings from God.
Clay was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most recently, serving as Bishop in a Paso Robles ward. He loved his Savior Jesus Christ and tried to serve and help those around him at every opportunity.
Clay’s number one passion in life was his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Dena of 29 years; daughters Cindy (Jeff), Camryn, and Casi; Sons, Mitchell, and Cody (Sara); and Grandchildren, Calvin, Boston, Charlotte, Corissa, Kenton, and Monroe.
Clay was also survived by his father, Cal Murdock, and sisters Kaylene (Mark), Kim (Craig), and Kallie (Rob).
He was preceded in death by his dear mother, Karen Murdock and sister Krystle (Kevin).
Clay was known to always have a smile on his face. He had a warm and welcoming hand out ready to help anyone in need. Clay loved to laugh, and had a great sense of humor—his Dad jokes were on point. He was well-known in the thoroughbred industry as both a great horseman and honest businessman. He was kind, loving, and will be greatly missed.
841 Sutton Cemetery Road
- Visitation Friday, September 13, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, September 14, 2019
Clayton Calvin Murdock
September 12, 2019
More than any other memory, the one that sticks out is when Clay was talking about the cousins all sharing a Shasta Diet Lemon Lime, and how glad he was to be the oldest (first to have a sip) because you know the last sip is just everyone else's backwash. I have considered bringing a bottle for everyone to sip from, then pour the last sip on his resting place.
Beyond that, he went from "spoiled boy" with all sisters, to "cool jockey", to the kind of (older) brother I wish I had. He was funny and caring and became successful with a little knowledge, and A LOT of fairness and honesty.
September 10, 2019
I will cherish my last memory with Clay at our lunch at Jake's on the beach in Del Mar. We all were so excited about the new stallion coming to the farm! Clay was beaming and his excitement filled our area with renewed hope for our industry. Clay was a straight forward man who was passionate about the horses and our industry. I will miss chatting with him about my mares and upcoming foals. My sincere condolences to his family, Clay touched many many lives, both 2 and 4 legged. I will miss you my friend!