Murdock H. LaChance passed away suddenly Sunday, March 11, 2012, of age related causes at his home in Ashland, Ore. He was born in Detroit, Mich., on Decemeber 12, 1920, to Henry and Alpha (Carlson) LaChance. He moved to Laurium, Mich., at the age of three. He graduated with a masters degree in metallurgy from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., and married Harriet Maki in 1943.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944, and served as a flight instructor, reaching the rank of ensign. In 1961, they moved to Pasadena, Calif., where he worked for Electro-Optical Systems (later Xerox Corporation) as a metallurgical engineer. He retired in 1983 and moved to Ashland, Ore., in 1997. He enjoyed playing his piano, writting poetry, gardening, fishing and dancing.

He is survived by his daughter, Julie (Bruce); many cousins; and numerous friends, including his adopted grandson, Aaron Moffatt, and Aaron's family, Denise, Alden and Jackie, who provided him with much love, support and companionship in his later years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Harriet.

Arrangements are by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home in Ashland, Ore. No services are planned. Interment will be private at Lake View Cemetery in Calumnet, Mich.

As animals and music were close to his heart, if you would like to make any contributions in remembrance of his life, please make them to a music school or animal welfare organization of your choice.