on June 18, 2013 - 1:06 AM
Dec. 30, 1929 – June 13, 2013
Peter John Murto, of Clarence, a retired Union Carbide manager who served terms on two different suburban school boards, died Thursday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a short illness. He was 83.
Born in Lockport, he was a graduate of Lockport High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1951 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was a member of Army ROTC.
He joined Union Carbide’s Linde Division upon graduating, but soon was called to active duty and served for 13 months in the Korean War as a first lieutenant.
Returning from service, he did graduate studies at RPI for a year, then rejoined Union Carbide.
Taking up residence on Grand Island, he helped found the community’s first Little League Baseball program, served as an area chairman for the United Way and was elected to the Grand Island Board of Education.
Transfers by Union Carbide took Mr. Murto to Southern California and Indianapolis before he was assigned back to the Linde plant in the Town of Tonawanda in the mid-1960s as a product manager.
Moving to Clarence, he was appointed and then elected to the Clarence School Board, served on the Clarence Recycling Committee and was active with Clarence Presbyterian Church, serving as elder, trustee and finance committee member.
Retiring from Union Carbide in the mid-1980s, he became active in the Clarence Senior Center, serving as chairman of the board of directors. He also became president of the Clarence Lions Club, which presented him with its Melvin Jones Fellow Award in 2001.
He enjoyed fishing, travel and spending summers at Canandaigua Lake, where he had a vacation home.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Nancy Schaefer; two daughters, Sally M. McCloe and Jennifer M. Klein; and a son, Peter C.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Clarence Presbyterian Church, 9675 Main St., Clarence.