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Thomas Murray

Memorial services for Thomas Albert Murray of Penn Valley will be conducted at 11 a.m. May 18 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Nevada City. Burial will be at Sierra Madre Cemetery in Sierra Madre.

Mr. Murray died Saturday, April 27, in Grass Valley. He was 75.

He was born Dec. 13, 1926, in Lewistown, Mont., to Joe and Rebie (Hogeland) Murray. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 in the South Pacific during World War II.



After returning from the war, he graduated from Fergus County High School in Lewistown and attended Los Angeles City College and Pasadena Playhouse.

He worked in show business, real estate and motion picture production with his life partner, Joe Burnham.




He was the president of the board of directors of the Sierra Foothills AIDS Foundation and was a member of Saddle Pals in Grass Valley.

He enjoyed horse jumping, ballet dancing and motion picture production.

He is survived by his brother Joe Murray of Hobson, Mont.; brother and sister-in-law, Ted and Bev Murray of Lewistown, Mont.; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grand and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Robert Murray; and life partner, Joe Burnham.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saddle Pals of Grass Valley, 12884 Lost Mine Road, Grass Valley 95945; or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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