John T. Murray RIDGECREST, CA - Troy native John Thomas Murray died peacefully, in Ridgecrest, California, on Friday, December 14, 2012, in the company of his wife Dianne (Beresford), Father James Dowds, Sr., Cecile Therese Beresford, CSJ and close friends. John was born in Troy on April 4, 1920 to Francis A. and Mary M. (Nolan) Murray. He attended Troy schools which included St. Patrick's Elementary School, Catholic Central High School and Troy High School; graduating from Troy High in the Class of 1940. John was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Army Coast Artillery from 1942 until 1946. John left Troy in 1946 to attend the Northrop School of Aviation in California where, upon completion of his training, he was certified in the field of Aircraft and Engine Mechanics (A&). John's lifelong interest in aviation had begun in Troy, as a teenager, when he took flying lessons at the Troy Airport. This interest was later furthered when he acquired his own Piper Archer aircraft which he enjoyed flying to many Southern California destinations. John's interest in flying led to an associated travel interest, sailing, which led to his acquisition of a Trimaran sailboat which afforded he and Dianne many enjoyable and adventurous sailing experiences out of San Diego. John's employment at Northrop Aviation Corporation was to lead to a third career interest, Radio, when he was assigned, temporarily, to work on a special project at the Naval Weapons Center at China Lake California, Near Ridgecrest. Upon completion of his temporary assignment, John was offered permanent employment at the Naval Weapons Center. During this period he began working part time spinning records and reporting for local radio station KLOA, Ridgecrest. John loved being on the radio and in 1970 began building his own station KZIQ-FM. Both stations were operated successfully until 1986 when health reasons required their sale. John was faithful to his church and to his God, was for many year a loyal Rotarian, was an avid golfer, enjoyed both Domestic and foreign travel, and walking and running for good health. Surviving John are; Dianne, his loving wife of forty-five years; brothers, Francis, Paul, Donald and James of Troy, New York; sisters, Bernadette (Gettings) and Rosemary (Lattof) of Latham, New York and Joanne (Caron) of Troy, New York and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitations was scheduled at the Holland and Lyons Chapel in Ridgecrest, California on Friday, December 21, from 5-7PM. Funeral services, Mass of Christian Burial, were scheduled to be held at the All Faith Chapel on the Naval Weapons Center base at China Lake, California on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM.
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Published in The Record on Jan. 5, 2013