Lynn Marie MURRIN

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Passed away on July 1, 2013 at Kaiser Medical Center in San Rafael at the age of 61 years. She was surrounded by her children and loved ones as she bravely battled complications from leukemia. Lynn was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, and friend to everyone who knew her. Born to Roy and Mildred Murrin, Lynn spent her childhood growing up in Chicago, IL before moving, at the age of 17, with her parents and six younger siblings to Fairfax, CA. Lynn graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School in 1970 and went on to the University of San Francisco where she earned a degree in biology. She then pursued a master's degree in microbiology at the University of California San Francisco before embarking on a career as a public health microbiologist, a profession she loved. She held positions with the County of Contra Costa and UCSF before joining the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services in 1982, and throughout the next 30 years of service and leadership, her commitment to public health was unwavering. She believed in the practice of science for the greater good. In 2005, she became the laboratory director, overseeing the health department's response to outbreaks of communicable diseases and enhancing the lab's capabilities with the latest technology, as well as mentoring and teaching students and trainees. In 2011, she also became the lab director of the Humboldt County and Napa-Solano-Yolo County public health laboratories, running three labs with cheerful enthusiasm. Despite demands of work and family, Lynn found time to participate in public health programs and professional organizations, including the California Association of Public Health Laboratory Directors, where she held roles as president and vice president. A resident of Petaluma for the past 33 years, Lynn raised her three children with unconditional love and support. Her greatest achievement in life was the nurturing of her family, whom she adored, and was evident in her devotion to, and daily care of, her disabled daughter. She taught her children the importance of kindness, how to find joy in small things, to go above and beyond, embrace those around you, and to overcome challenges with strength and compassion. A two-time breast cancer survivor, Lynn demonstrated time and again what it means to rise above the insurmountable. Through her generous character, she enjoyed helping others, always putting the needs of those around her ahead of her own. She also loved to travel with friends and family, particularly to her favorite destination, Paris, where she could practice her French and visit the Eiffel Tower. Lynn triumphed at all she did in life and will be remembered most for her sweet nature, bright spirit, and beautiful soul. Her laughter and light will be deeply missed. She is survived by her children, Kelley MacMaster Podboy, Kristine MacMaster and Kenneth MacMaster; her grandchildren, Ava Podboy, Jack Podboy, and Braden Podboy; her siblings, Kathryn Murrin, Denise Holtz, Roy Murrin, Barry Murrin, Dean Murrin and Jamie Ingrassia; her mother, Mildred Murrin; her longtime companion, Richard Hillabrant; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on July 19 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anselm Church, 97 Shady Lane, Ross, CA, followed by a celebration of Lynn's life at Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kristine Ann MacMaster Trust, 1 Baltus Lane, San Anselmo, CA.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from July 13 to July 16, 2013
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