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James C. Murray Jr.

James C. Murray, Jr.

James C. Murray, Jr. was born in Medford, Ore., on September 8, 1935, the son of Florence Reddy Murray and James C. Murray, Sr. He died on January 9th, 2007 at the home of his daughter, Janet Hale, in Medford, Ore.

Jim attended St. Mary's Grade School with children who remained his friends throughout his life. In 1953 he graduated from St. Mary's High School with many of those same friends.

Soon after graduation, he went to work on the railroad in Alaska before enlisting in the U.S. Army where he was posted at Fort Bliss, Texas, among other places.

Jim attended Southern Oregon College for two years before beginning an apprenticeship as a linotype operator in the printing department of the Medford Mail Tribune where his father had worked before him. Jim served as the Chairman of the Jackson County Democratic Central Committee in the 1960s. He engaged in discussions on politics and current events with his friends.

A history buff, after retirement he made his passion for finding his family roots a reality; spending hours on end researching his family's role in the early history of Maryland and the eventual settlement of the Rogue Valley where family names are found on streets and other geographic sites.

He leaves behind a legacy of historic items collected over a lifetime of frequenting antique stores, flea markets, book stores and garage sales.

James C. Murray, Jr., "Grumpy" to his beloved grandchildren, is survived by his daughters and their families, Lynn and Harlan Ward, Janet Hale and Bill Windsor, of Medford, Susan Murray of Bend, Ore.; and his son, Michael Murray and wife Anne, of New Jersey. He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren, and one great-grandson and his many friends who are left with cherished memories of this warm, wise and witty man.

Jim's life will be celebrated by family and friends at a reception at Grilla Bites in downtown Medford on Sunday between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Committal will follow at Siskiyou Memorial Park.

Contributions may be made to Wildlife Images Rehab and Education Center of Grants Pass at 541-476-0222.

James C. Murray Jr.