Lawrence J. Murray (October 12, 1932 - March 24, 2013)

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Lifelong Port Angeles resident Lawrence J. Murray passed away March 24, 2013, at San Juan Villa in Port Townsend.

Larry was born on October 12, 1932, in Port Angeles, the only son of Russ Murray and Mildred Jewett Murray. He attended Queen of Angels School and Port Angeles (Roosevelt) High School.

Larry enlisted in the Air Force shortly after completing high school in 1952. He served as a member of the B-29 Flight Crew with the 582nd Air Squadron, primarily in Europe and North Africa. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1955.

He returned to Port Angeles, where he pursued a career as a heavy-equipment operator with the state Department of Transportation.

Larry married Jacqueline Dockter of Walla Walla, Washington, at Queen of Angels on February 19, 1957. They were married for 41 years.

Jackie passed away on December 23, 1998.

Larry and Jackie have two children, Kelley (Steve) Oliver of Port Hadlock and Tim (Gina) Murray of Olney, Maryland; four grandchildren, Dylan (Kim) Oliver of Seattle, Washington, Kaitlan Gort of Port Hadlock and Kalen and Griffin Murray of Olney; and great-grandchildren Skylar Jaramillo and Mason Oliver.

Larry led an active life, pursuing many hobbies. He enjoyed motorcycle touring, cycling with friends Bill Rowland and Mark Hilt, backpacking and hiking with friends, including Jack Jester, and, in later years, riding his Segway. He spent idyllic days hiking the Elwha trail and Low Divide and fishing the Elwha River.

He enjoyed the companionship of many friends in retirement: his 5:30 a.m. coffee group at Haguewood's, happy hour at his local pub or time shared with special friend Joan Isenberger. He was an exuberant and boisterous Irishman whose special brand of humor touched all he knew.

A lifelong devoted Catholic, Larry has now gone to his reward. He will always live in "Larryland," and we will miss him very much.

A private family memorial service is planned.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances in the form of donations to the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society, 2105 U.S. Highway 101, Port Angeles, WA 98363, are encouraged.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Mar. 29, 2013
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