August 18, 1918 - October 7, 2013 Passed away peacefully in Culver City at age 95. Born in Los Angles to Pascual and Pascuala Mur, he was one of seven children. He attended Los Angeles schools, studied Petroleum Engineering at USC, and worked until 1980 as a commercial service mechanic for the Southern Counties Gas Co. A lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during WWII, John served in the Pacific theater and received the Bronze Star for Meritorious Achievement. He was a captain in the Army Reserve until 1978. During officer training at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, John met the love of his life, Marion Main, who was waitressing at her Aunt's hotel in nearby Asbury Park. After the war, Marion moved to California to marry John on March 3, 1946. They settled in Culver City, where they raised three daughters, hosted countless family parties, and were happily married for 65 years. Known for his green thumb, John grew the best oranges and tomatoes in the neighborhood. Marion passed away one year before John, who was also preceded in death by his parents; brothers Louie, Kay, Phil and Ralph; and sisters Frances and Mary. His daughter Linda (Richard) Higley also preceded him in death, which caused the family great heartache. Linda was followed in death shortly thereafter by her husband, Richard Higley. John is survived by daughters Barbara (Sam) Turner and Teresa Lee; grandchildren Elizabeth Turner, Mathew Turner, Rosanne (Darrell) Bustamante, Angela Higley, Jeremy Lee and Vickie Lee. He is also survived by his great grandchildren Arren Bustamante, Megan Bustamante, Christina Espinosa, Olivia Buskirk and Ian Ralph. He also leaves many loving nieces and nephews. A private internment will be held at Inglewood Park Cemetery, followed by a family gathering to celebrate his life.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15, 2013