Michael J Murray Jr (1936 - 2011)

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Michael J. Murray, Jr. passed away in Juneau from congestive heart failure on September 8, 2011 with his wife at his side. He was 74.
He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 27, 1936, the third of seven children, to Michael and Elsie Murray. He attended schools in Boston.
Mike married his wife Joan on September 21, 1957 and they came to Alaska in 1961 where he was employed by the then Department of Highways, Bridge Design Section. He retired as a civil engineer in 1987. He was very active in employee rights before and after the collective
bargaining bill became law in 1971. He was deeply involved in the creation of the Alaska State Employees Association to ensure that general government employees had their own voice. Mike successfully negotiated contracts on behalf of the employees and was elected the first President of Alaska State Employees Association in 1987.

After he retired Mike went on to start a small business, The Alaska Bullet Works. He designed, developed and perfected a bonded core hunting bullet which is now very popular throughout the United States. The business continues to be operated by his partner Karl Mielke.
His favorite hobbies were hunting with his buddies and fishing. Early in the spring he got the boat ready so that he and Joan could go on their fishing day trips. They also looked forward to their vacations in Florida and "bobbing" in the ocean. The above picture is from one of the Florida trips. Pizza nights with his friends were a high priority. He also enjoyed studying history and reading about wildlife around the world.
He was very proud of his children and loved them so much. They were a huge part of his life. His brother-in-law Frank was very special to him. As his brother-in-law Ronnie said, "Mike was one of a kind in a very positive way".

Mike is survived by Joan, his wife of 54 years; his children Michael of Juneau; Lorraine and son-in-law Howard of Juneau; and Jackie and granddaughter Makalah of Anchorage. He also leaves his sister Helen; brother Robert; sister Marion; sister Ann Marie all of Massachusetts and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Michael, mother Elsie and sisters Gracie and Jean. He will also be missed by his many friends in Juneau and Boston.
At his request a service with his family was held for Mike.
Because Mike loved his dogs Korak, Ralphie and Becky, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Gastineau Humane Society, 7705 Glacier Hwy., Juneau, AK 99801
At his request a service with his family was held for Mike. A memorial service for Mike will be announced at a later date.

Because Mike loved his dogs Korak, Ralphie and Becky, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Gastineau Humane Society, 7705 Glacier Hwy., Juneau, AK 99801
Published in The Juneau Empire from Sept. 16 to Sept. 22, 2011