May 11, 1925 — June 27, 2013
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Donald Albert Murray of Camino, Calif., passed away on June 27, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Beverly Murray; his son, Stephen Murray (Cindy) of Aviano, Italy; his son, Todd Murray (Tammy) of Sacramento, Calif.; his daughter, Terri Lynn Murray of Chandler, Ariz.; and grandchildren, Travis Murray (Jessie), Melinda Yegiyants (Roman), Bryan Murray (Sarah), Scott Murray and Matthew Murray. He is also survived by his brother, Roger Murray and family of Marysville, Calif.
Mr. Murray was born in Turlock, Calif., in 1925, and was the son of Albert and Aura Murray. He grew up on his parents’ small farm in Oakdale, Calif. In 1943, he graduated from Oakdale High and entered the U.S. Army and served in Europe. He was wounded at the Battle of Hurtgen Forrest and received the Purple Heart. After the war he returned to California, where he attended Modesto Junior College. There he met Beverly Jean Barnes, whom he married in 1947. He finished his degree in Agricultural Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1951.
Mr. Murray joined International Harvester Company in 1952 and steadily rose in the company from a draftsman in the Stockton plant, to serving as Chief Engineer at several sites, including East Moline, Ill. He retired as the Manager of World Wide Combine Engineering at their engineering center in the Chicago area. With International Harvester, he was granted 11 patents and was the primary engineer in charge of development of the Axial Flow Combine, which was considered a significant advancement in grain harvesting.
He and Beverly retired to Audubon Hills in Camino in 1983, where he continued to pursue multiple interests. He served as an expert witness in litigation throughout the country, received many prizes as an accomplished amateur photographer, took up woodworking and wrote several memoirs about his family and his military and professional experiences.
His family will miss him greatly and want to express their appreciation to the various caregivers at Quality Home Care, including especially Cindy Hurley, Michelle Huot and Mary Beresford, Marshall Hospital, the Pines Healthcare Center and Snowline Hospice. At Mr. Murray’s request, services will be private. Contributions may be made to Snowline Hospice (snowlinehospice.org) or your favorite charity.