Martin Kearns MURRAY Jr.

"They just don't come any stronger than Marty" is repeated over and over. Martin Kearns Murray, Jr. of Rohnert Park lost the battle of a long history of health challenges, as he laid his head for a final rest at his home with loved ones, on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Marty was an Estimating Manager for Anderson, Rowe and Buckley in San Francisco for 15 years. He loved his work and those he worked with. Marty was loved by so many because he was an outstanding friend, husband, father, son, brother, uncle and cousin. He is survived by his loving wife Cheri, of 16 years and his son Chris Conway. He was soon to be a grandpa and would have been great at it. His devoted mother Judy Murray of Rohnert Park, loving father Martin K Murray, Sr and Lois of Placerville, were always by his side as was his best friend and sister, Teri Powell and brother-n-law Victor Powell of Santa Rosa. He was an outstanding uncle with great love for Alyssa (Powell) Groff and birthday buddy Jelina Powell and new great niece, Pria Jade. A wonderful nephew to Uncle's Tom, Kevin and deceased Larry Murray; Aunt's Cathy Moriarty, Mary Sanyal and Irma Murray Grieve, all who loved him dearly and supported him greatly in many ways. He had many cousins also that looked up to him. He was a step-brother and life friend to Tracy Rempe and Michelle Vespa. A friend like no other who loved Richard "Roadie" Denny for being his personal body guard in all ways, and his best friend Randy Bien, who never left his side for 45 years. Marty lived a lifetime of unconditional love. He showed that to others by "just checkin in" when too much time passed between visits. Because of his challenges, he was a prime example of "don't sweat the small stuff" because he conquered the big stuff. Marty loved to go fast. Motorcycles, speed boats, hot rods, race cars! No fear! He loved to ride with the Rip City Riders & Redwood Riders. A dedicated San Francisco Giants and 49er fan his entire life. He will be remembered and honored for his compassion, courage, strength, determination, positive attitude, humor, dedication and loyalty! A fighter like no other, and example to us all. It was said that if all men were like Marty, the world would be a better place. Amen to that! Rest in peace Marty, ride on and dance in heaven. XOXO A "Farewell Celebration of Life" will be held at Stafford Lake in Novato on Saturday, May 4 at 1:00 p.m. A procession for bikers, hot rods and classics will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Beyond the Glory in Petaluma for the final "RIDE-ON FOR MARTY".

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 30 to Apr. 1, 2013