In Memory

Charles Murland "Murl" Fairbank - Class of 1998

Charles Murland Murl Fairbank



Charles Murland "Murl" Fairbank

POLSON — On Saturday, May 27, 2017, Heaven’s oceans, lakes and ponds opened to greet another champion fisherman, Charles “Murland” Fairbank.  Born March 27, 1938, in Chester, Idaho, moving at a very young age to Armstead, (now the Clark Canyon Reservoir) before finally making him home on Fairbanks Lane in Missoula in 1946. It was here in 1957 that Murland graduated from Frenchtown High School. After graduation, he served in the Army National Guard.

In 1967, Murland became a loving husband, father, mentor and hero when he married Ruby Erlitz. Their love carried them ocean to ocean, to almost every lake, creek and river through 49 ½ years of marriage.

He began working at Horner Waldorf and was with them through all the company changes and retired from Smurfit Stone after more than 30 years to pursue the perfect fishing hole, becoming full-time RV’ers, splitting their time between Polson and Port Mansfield, Texas, or wherever the fishing took them.

Murland’s infectious personality, love of life, and kind words touched many and will always be a valued treasure.

Murland is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Ruby, daughters, Terri, Miller-Knudsen (Peter), Crescent City, California, Tracie Powell (Stephen) Alberton, Suzanne Turner (Brian), Alberton, Sandra Knutson (Timothy), Frenchtown, stepchildren Allen Rechnagel (Donna), Fort Collins, Colorado, and Carol Vermillion, Ketchikan, Alaska, sisters, Virginia Olson, Missoula, Sherry Holman (Frank), Salida, Colorado, sister-in-law Meiko Fairbank, Hollandale, Florida. Grandchildren whom he loved to teach to fish, Jamie, Sean, Jennifer, Johnathon, Jessica, Laura, Matthew, Samantha, Kimberly, Breanna, Storm, Skylar, Grayson, and Nicholas, many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and life time family friends Dan and Mary Hill and Don Smith, along with the entire Port Mansfield, Texas family.

Meeting him at Heaven’s boat ramp are his parents, C.W. and Edith Fairbank, brother, Kelly, granddaughter Cheyenne and MANY long time personal friends and fishing buddies.

A very sincere and heartwarming thank you to the second-floor staff at St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson for the wonderful care provided to “Murl”.

The Family held a memorial service June 10, 2017 at the LDS Church in Frenchtown.

Arrangements were under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at

Rest in Peace dear Friend.