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Johnny Moyes Murray


John Murray
passed away June 12, 2011. A Celebration of Life will be held at Murray's on Sunday, 
June 26, at 12 noon followed by a potluck.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2011


Johnny Moyes Murray

Jan. 9, 1937-June 12, 2011

74, of Surprise, Ariz., our loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend to many unexpectedly passed from this world on Sunday, June 12, 2011. We know his Heavenly Father and many family members were there on the other side to greet him.

He was born the 12th child of Jonathan Moyes and Verla Stewart Murray on Jan. 9, 1937 in Jensen, Utah. He graduated from Rangely (CO) High School, where he was an outstanding basketball player.

Johnny also served in the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss for 2 years. He and his wife, Orina, recently moved from Big Bear Lake, Calif., to Surprise. In Big Bear Lake, Johnny and Orina ran a bar/restaurant for 16 years, where Johnny had many, many friends.

Johnny was a kind and loving man to all! He liked to work and loved life. His hobbies were his tomatoes, flowers, hummingbird watching, and he loved his little dog, Dolly. He loved sports, especially basketball.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, 9 brothers and sisters. He left a loving wife, Orina Murray; daughters Paige Bingham, Tiffany Murray, Robin Stewart, Dana Huerta; grandchildren Elisabeth Bingham, Anthony Murray, Timothy Murray, Forrest Murray, Veeter Archuleta, Autumn Huerta, Elijah Huerta; a great-grandchild Sophie Archuleta; a brother Max (Jerry) Murray, of Roosevelt, Utah; a sister Beth Adams, of Blackfoot, Idaho. 

He will be missed by many, many people, family, friends, and never be forgotten. We all love and miss him!

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the Vernal 4th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 235 East 600 South, Vernal, UT. Interment will be at the Maeser Cemetery following the memorial service.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 10:46 am


Submitted by: Peggy Hooper