Stephen B Murray

Stephens obit pic 07062015Stephen B Murray, 70, of Graham, WA passed away on July 6, 2015 at the UW Medical Center in Seattle.
He was born in Chicago, IL on December 28, 1944 in the elevator at the hospital.
He left Chicago and moved to Seattle in 1968.  He began his 40 year career in the natural gas industry in 1969 at the Washington Natural Gas Company. later to become Puget Sound Energy.  The last 9 years of his career were spent at Pilchuck, a gas service provider.
Steve was an easy going, very likeable man, always quick with a clever quip, or a smart remark.  His sense of humor could diffuse many a situation. He never realized how many friends he really had.
He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.  He used to say “someone’s gotta to love’em.”  He followed up his Cubs devotion with a bright blue and red tattoo on his arm of their logo.  Watching hockey was also a favorite past time especially the Chicago Black Hawks.  And then he always enjoyed golfing, took more than a few golfing road trips.
But the true loves of his life were his family. And it was an extensive one, spread coast to coast.
Steve is survived by wife and best friend of 34 years, Linda, his daughters, Jennifer (Johnson) and her husband Mike, Amanda (Mason) and her husband Doug, and son Spencer and his wife Jessica (Sutyla).  And 7 grandchildren.
He leaves behind his siblings, brother Mike and sister in law Judy, sister Mary Pat (Arostegui) and brother in law Vince, brother Mark, brother John and sister in law Connie, sister Maureen (Carlson) and brother in law Mark, and brother Matthew and sister in law April (Cody).  Stephen also leaves many many cousins, nieces and nephews.  Steve was preceded in death by his oldest brother Jerry in 2014.
A Celebration of Life will be held in W. Seattle on Saturday July 25th from 12 – 3 p.m. at 6040 California Ave SW, Seattle.
Please come, share your condolences, share a story, share your favorite Steve(ism), share a laugh.

16 Responses to “Stephen B Murray”

  • Karen Bartholomew says:


    You are in my thoughts and prayers, Steve was a wonderful person and I enjoyed working with him in the Auburn Warehouse.

    If you need anything, please let me know. I too lost my husband 10 months ago. 27 year post heart transplant.
    Karen Bartholomew

  • Mark Murray says:

    Steve was the 4th child of John J. and Patricia A. Murray. He was 22 months ahead of me.

    When I was 8, the sight of my brother Steve in his Little League baseball uniform inspired me to hone my baseball skills. I was in uniform the following summer. When I was 12, the sight of Steve in his football uniform inspired me to hone my football skills. I was in uniform the following fall.

    He truly was an inspiration to me.

    Steve had a tremendous amount of genuine, unconditional love in his heart. For more people than any of us will probably ever realize. I shall miss him a lot.

  • Sherril & Tony Bowen says:

    Linda, Tony and I were so sorry to hear about Steve. You both have been through so much and we want you to know you and your family are in our thoughts.
    In time, thoughts of all the good happy times will be there for you to remember and enjoy.
    Sherril & Tony Bowen

  • Lynda (Trujillo) Anderson-Sherrod says:

    We knew this time would come someday but hoping for it to be longer coming… I know the house will seem kind of quiet for awhile but that will soon pass & you’ll look around at all the wonderful things you two accomplished together… Steve was always a wonderful person to me… I enjoyed working with Steve at the old WNG for many years….Accept my condolences & know that you & your family are in my prayers… I work back in the Tacoma Office now…

  • Arlene Cunningham says:

    My heart is with you and your family. Hugs my Friend

  • Daniel Murray says:

    Linda, today I pray that the comfort and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ will rest upon you–that your sorrow will turn to rejoicing in knowing that Steve is in the loving arms of Jesus; a place where we all should long to be one day.

    I will fondly remember my Uncle Steve–his sense of humor and his patience in attempting to teach me how to swing a golf club. We stayed connected thru the years and had many a discourse on matters of the Christian faith. While Steve never really had the chance to share his faith decision with me personally, I know he was well prepared for this day. In my heart, I believe my uncle is with the Lord today and for all who believe, we can rest assured that we are separated only temporarily by time and space for there will come a day when we will all be part of a great reunion! Praise the Lord!

  • Coll's Family says:

    We are so sorry about your lost. Amanda,I’m here for anything you need. I don’t know how to express my feelings in this kind of hard situation that you and the family are going through but I want to present my sincere condolences to the family. And once again anything you need don’t hesitate to ask. Blessings

  • Sue and Willie Abadilla says:

    Our heartfelt condolences. Sue and I remember Steve when he worked in Gas Dispatch. He always had a quick and hilarious response to anything you said. We’ll remember him always.

    Sue and Willie

  • Debbie Hansen (Ojeda) says:

    Steve was a very funny guy! Always had a great comeback line..loved working with him.He will be truly missed.

  • Debbie Haney says:

    Steve was a very funny guy and will be miss. I was wondering if I could come to the Celebration of Life is that OK. Please let me know.

  • Chris Hurley says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Steve. He was such a joy to work with and he was a pleasure to know. My heartfelt sympathy goes to you and your family. Take care of yourself and let me know if you need anything at all.
    My prayers are with you, Chris Hurley

  • Dave Seymour says:

    I’m so sorry for the los of Murr Baby!! Linda, Dolly, and Spence, and the rest of the family, I’m am so sorry, and my deepest condolences!! I was thinking about our Pinewood derby rivalry, which was also very fun for me. Late nights in the driveway at your house working on your van, truck or car one night before a major one week vacation. Steve really knew how to test a persons skills. He’s say, we need to put a new cam in the van because we’re all leaving for Yellowstone tomorrow at 8:00AM for a one week vacation. We gotter done though, barley!! Those were good times along with many others that I’ll never forget! Steve was a good friend that you could count on, and I’ll truly miss him….Dave

  • Mary Rogan (Murray) says:

    I was very sorry to hear of my cousin Steve’s passing. Sounds like he was a real fun guy who was loved by many, and will be terribly missed. May he rest in peace.

  • Tom Spees says:

    Linda, I learned today that Steve had passed. I am so sorry for you and the kids, please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Michael Law says:

    Linda and family,

    My condolences to you and your family. Steve was one he’ll of a man he was so funny all the time he lifted my spirits many times it was such an honor to work with him and visit him we both lived in west Seattle. We will cherish many good memories,he was a good husband and a great father we taked many times about our kids growing up and learned alot from him as a Dad to my own kids Steve will be missed very much…. Peace be with you

  • Carl & Tita Blythe says:

    Linda & family:
    So sorry to hear about Murr’s passing. I have many fond memories working with Steve over the last 4 decades. The fun we had on all of the WNG golf league outings. Bringing Vince’s pizza orders (before it became Pagliachi’s on Mercer St) over to dispatch on the swing shift back in the 80’s. Still brings a smile & a tears to my eyes. He will be missed. Anything you need Linda . . . just ask. All our love. The Blythe’s.

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