Robert Burns Murray,II
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September 30, 1931 - May 16, 2013
Robert Burns Murray, II passed away at his Huston, Idaho home on Thursday, May 16, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. Memorial services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 20th at Caldwell Free Methodist Church, 3320 S. Montana Ave, Caldwell under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Condolences may be sent to www.dakanfuneralchapel.com
Robert was born in Washington, DC on September 30, 1931 to Robert Burns and Ethele Swenson Murray. He grew up in California and spent many years in the Sierras and Mammoth Lake area on a forest trail crew and firefighting crew. This led to Robert's love of hiking and fishing. He explored many of the California and Idaho back country lakes.
Robert was highly educated. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University in 1954 before being inducted into the US Army. Robert proudly served his country from 1954 to 1956 as an Honor Guard in Southern Germany and Paris, France. Following his honorable discharge, Robert returned to MSU to earn his Master of Science Degree in Forestry in 1961.
While working for the US Forest Service, Robert attended Washington State University and completed his Ph.D in Botany in 1975. He continued his work with the Forest Service in Boise, retiring in 1986.
Robert married Maria Roseann Mommi in 1959 and they had three daughters. He later married Elizabeth and together they raised her two children along with the son that they shared.
In 1994, Robert married Catherine Hill and settled in Huston. They pursued his love of travel taking trips to several states, Canada, and Europe. He had a passion for genealogy and researched his family lines extensively. He also enjoyed researching political issues and published several articles on numerous social subjects.
Robert is survived by his wife, Catherine Murray; children, Annette (Blaine) Brown, Michelle (Michael) DuVall, Yvette (Charles) Bartling, and Robert Burns (Keri) Murray, III; stepchildren, Gloria Rodriquez (Brian) Myers and John (Janie) Rodriquez; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kourtney, Ashley, Carley, Andrew, Kayla, Tyler, Robert, Rhiannon, Elizabeth and Luis; half-sister, Sandra Murray; and his beloved dog, Casey.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Dakan Funeral Chapel
504 South Kimball Avenue
Caldwell, ID 83605
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on May 19, 2013