Obituary of Darrell Lewis Murray (1938 – 2021) – Stockton, CA


Husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and beloved friend, Darrell Murray, passed away comfortably and peacefully, with his family by his side, at Alaska Veterans and Pioneer Home in Palmer, Alaska on Monday, October 4. 2021.
Darrell Lewis Murray was born on July 15, 1938 in the home, in Flint, Michigan, of Marvin and Dorothy (Lilje) Murray. His young mother named him after Darryl F. Zanuck, the famous film producer, but chose to spell her son’s name differently. Darrell grew up between Flint and Detroit, attending 11 different schools between Kindergarten and Grade 10, due to frequent moves. He was eventually enrolled in Southfield High School, where in grade 9 he met his future wife, Beatrice McClung. Darrell and Bea dated during their high school years, including after Darrell left school after grade 10 to join the United States Navy, where he earned his GED. In the Navy, Darrell was an Airdale, or aircraft mechanic, aboard aircraft carriers. During his years of active service, Darrell sailed the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, including Cuba. He completed training camp at the Great Lakes Naval Base; special training at the Quonset Point naval air base in IR; and was stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Darrell also completed 3 years of inactive service upon his return to Michigan, and joined the Naval Reserve, stationed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base north of Detroit, in his 40s. Darrell was very proud and grateful for his time and service in the Navy, and it changed the course of his life.
On November 1, 1958, Darrell married Bea. The newlyweds had to return very soon after the wedding to Virginia Beach to complete Darrell’s active service, after which they returned to Michigan, living primarily in Detroit or the surrounding area, with a few years spent in Battle Creek, until they finally settled in Howell. in 1972, and built a family home outside of town. They had three children, Mychele Denise, born in 1960, Michael ScoBt, born in 1962, and Marcie Ann, born in 1971. Darrell had several different career paths throughout his adult life following his stint in the Navy, initially working as a civil aircraft mechanic in City. Detroit Airport; then as a collection agent, and later as a branch manager, for General Finance; he became an Allstate agent for several years; and eventually became a car salesman in Livingston Country, first working for many years for a Ford / Lincoln / Mercury dealership, then switching to GM products for the rest of his career, until his retirement in 2003. At one An era and a region where / where people were often extremely loyal to one or another automaker, he was very indicative of the level of his professionalism, honesty and fairness in the sale, which many Longtime customers of Darrell’s Ford products have switched to GM products, just to keep up. During his 25-year career in new and used car sales, Darrell has won dozens of awards and honors. Throughout his working life he has always provided a stable and comfortable home and lifestyle for his family, with plenty of “toys” and trips. In his spare time, Darrell enjoyed, and often involved his family and friends, in fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, billiards and poker, bowling, dancing, music and travel. in particular, he and his family shared many good times and memories at various cottages and lakes “up north” and down in Michigan. In the 2000s, he made several trips to Alaska to visit Marcie and her family, before settling there, and had many adventures in Alaska. He has often said that he would have liked to settle there younger and have built an A-frame in the mountains.
Darrell and Bea stayed in the family home until 2005 when they moved into a condo on the other end of Howell; when Bea fell ill, Darrell was her dedicated caregiver at home until she had to move to a skilled nursing facility. Darrell remained there after Bea’s loss in 2012, after 53 years of marriage, until 2015 when he moved to Alaska to be closer to his daughter Marcie and her family. Darrell lived in his own apartment in downtown Anchorage for 2 years, then moved to the Alaska Veterans and Pioneer Home in Palmer, Alaska, where he spent the last 4 years of his life, receiving excellent care, love and support from all various types of staff, for which Darrell’s family would like to express their deep gratitude. Darrell was very happy there, often enjoying the view through the windows of the spectacular Talkeetna Mountains. This, combined with the look and warm atmosphere of the house, gave him a bit of what he wished he had done in his youth. He remained social as always, making friends with many residents, enjoying many activities, especially all things music, and he often played his harmonica for large group events, entertaining other residents, the staff and visitors. He was loved by the staff and many shared special words and memories about him with Marcie and Maria during his last week.
Darrell is predeceased by his parents, his daughter, Mychele Denise Murray, his wife, Beatrice M. Murray, and his son-in-law, John Andrew “Drew” Koop, Jr. He is survived by his son, Michael S Murray of Michigan, daughter Marcie Murray Koop from Anchorage, Alaska, sister Jill M. Bond from Piedmont, SC, sister Sue Osborne (Jerry) from Caro, MI, granddaughter, Maria Mychele Koop from Anchorage, AK, his longtime and devoted friend, John J. Lueb of Hartland, MI, and several cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Darrell will be buried temporarily with his son-in-law, Drew, at St. Patrick’s Parish in Anchorage, Alaska. A private memorial will be held in Howell, Michigan, in 2022, where Darrell will be buried in Lakeview Cemetery next to Bea, and near their daughter Mychele and her mother, Dorothy. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Darrell Lewis Murray, please visit our tribute store or plant a tree.

Posted by Legacy on October 10, 2021.


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