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Terry Melvin Turley

06/04/1934 - 07/01/2020

Terry M Turley of Mesa, Arizona passed away July 1st 2020 in his home surrounded by those who loved him.  Terry was born 4 June 1934 in Woodruff, Arizona to Melvin Sevey Turley and Morjorie Gardner.  He has four sisters: Merla, Janet, Lelani, and Kathleen Lupher.

Terry met his beloved wife, Lucille, in the second grade.  They were married 64 years and have four children: Cathy Shurtliff (Bill), Julie Burrell (Ken), Steve (Cathy), and Joy Turley.

Terry was the owner of Turley Industries for 25 years.  He was known for his honesty and integrity.  He worked many long hours to support his family.

He was a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He loved gospel of Jesus Christ with all his heart.  His dedication to the Lord was absolute.  Terry served in many Bishoprics, as a Stake Missionary, as a Temple Ordinance Worker in the Snowflake and Mesa Arizona Temples, and as a Scoutmaster.

Terry served ten years in the Army National Guard.

He and Lucille loved to square dance and traveled all over the United States doing so.

After he retired, he enjoyed spending time at their cabin in Forest Lakes.  His children and grandchildren have many fond memories of going to the cabin to spend time with Grandpa and Grandma.  Terry will be missed by all who knew him.  Terry has 27 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren.

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  • Virnell Wright

    Dear Lucille & family, My heart goes out to you. May the Lord watch over and bless and comfort you.
    I think of how Terry turned in mine and Pete’s names to be temple workers. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity that gave us to work together in the House of the Lord. Since my Pete passed so early in life Terry made it possible for us to serve as missionaries in the Lord house for 8 years.
    My prayers and love are with you.
    Virnell Wright

  • Sherry Martin

    I have so many wonderful memories of Terry and Lucille. I want to thank you, Lucille, and all the Turleys, for being choice friends and neighbors.

    When I worked at Turley Industries I used to put a bowl of sunflower seeds on my desk. Terry loved them too. He would pass my desk, call out, “Bud Seeds!!” and reach in the bowl for a few seeds. That memory warms me every time I think of it.

    Terry and Lucille mowed my lawn for a very long time. I was so appreciative, and touched that they would do this really big thing for me.

    Lucille and Terry stopped a burglar at my house! They suspected something was wrong when Mom and I were gone one evening. They came over and rang the bell. The burglar opened the door and said, “No one is home.” The burglar took off, and the Turleys called the police. They stopped him from taking anything significant. After I gave the police report I was wandering about the house and there was Terry, putting glass in the broken window. He and Lucille had just installed a beautiful glass-fronted cabinet and Terry had taken that glass and installed it in my window so we would have a secure house for the night. His foresight, skills and kindness made for a much more comfortable night for my mother and I.

    One of my most treasured memories and possessions is the Book of Mormon that Terry marked. I was so thrilled that he gave me a copy, including me in his family. His testimony shines through this extraordinary effort to share the gospel with his loved ones.

    I cherish his marvelous example and incredibly valuable friendship through many, many years.
    All my love to you all, Sherry

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