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Murray L Duncan
09/09/1933 — 01/01/2023
From Richland, WA | Born in Tennessee
Murray L Duncan
It is with profound sadness that the family of Murray L. Duncan announces his passing on the evening of January 1st 2023 at the age of 89. Murray was the first of four children born to Lonnie and Mary Duncan on September 9th 1933 in rural Gibson County, Tennessee. In 1944 the family moved to Richland, Wa. where he attended Columbia High School, graduating in 1951.
Murray joined the Navy January 2, 1952 and served during the Korean War on the USS Tingey Destroyer. After completing 4 years of the Navy, Murray remained in California and took an entry level job with the Bell Telephone Company (now AT&T). He continued working for the telephone company and advanced to a position of Supervisor and retired in 1987. He returned to Richland briefly to marry his high school sweetheart and love of his life Beth Smith on August 8,1955 at West Side Church (now WSN). They lived in southern California and had their two sons Kim and Gary until Murrays retirement. They moved back to Richland with their son Gary (Kim moved to Richland after his Graduation from High School). Beth passed away February 16, 1988 after an extended illness. Murray married Carol in 1989 and she passed away on October 8, 2018,
Murray is survived by his son Gary and his wife Jana, his sister Jeanette and her husband Jim and brother Doug and many grandchildren. He also had three step children from Carol, Scott and his wife Julie, John and Steve and his wife Brooke
He loved family, reading the Bible and fishing. Murray had a huge heart and big hugs. He was always honest and you could go to him for sound wisdom and guidance. He was the best father, father-in-law, brother, grandpa and great grandpa anyone could ever have. He was always so thankful and appreciative. He would leave notes for the staff at Guardian Angel to thank them and that he loves them, drawing hearts with arrows on the placemats after meals. The girls at Guardian Angel loved dad with his sense of humor and wittiness about him always kept them laughing. He would love for you to read the Bible to him when he was unable to read it himself, you knew he loved the Lord. Murray was such an amazing man it was a blessing for anyone to be in his life.
Services will be held at Westside Church on Thursday January 19th, 2023 at 615 Wright Ave, Richland, WA 99352 at 2:00pm. A reception will follow.