Victor Thomas “Tom” Murray
June 10, 1934 ~ February 16, 2014
Tom Murray, well-known and loved by many, passed away quietly at Central Washington Hospital on February 16, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer. Tom was born to C.A.“Stub” Murray and Doris Cedergreen Murray. Tom and his brothers, William C. “Bill” and Jeffrey A. Murray were raised in Wenatchee and spent many happy hours in the Murray orchard on Western Avenue and working at Cedergreen Frozen Foods. Tom attended Columbia and Stevens Elementary schools, H. B. Ellison Junior High, and Wenatchee High School. During his school years, Tom was involved in many clubs and sports. His family moved to Bellingham, where he graduated from Bellingham High School in 1952. Tom attended Washington State University, where he belonged to Beta Theta Pi fraternity. During his college years, Tom also enjoyed commercial fishing off Lummi Island. He graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in economics.
After college, Tom was employed by Container Corporation in California, where he met and married his wife of 53 years, Sue Smith Murray. They moved home to Wenatchee in 1961 and raised three daughters, Paige, Dana, and Brooke. Tom’s career encompassed all aspects of the fruit industry. The majority was spent in container board packaging sales, but he was also a partner in an orchard and packing house business, and owned the CA Storage facility on Wenatchee Avenue at one time. Tom was also very involved in the community. He was an active member of the Wenatchee Golf and Country Club, Exchange Club, Elks, Moose, Eagles, Jaycees, and Little League. Tom served in many leadership roles in his clubs.
In December, 1999, Tom retired to Lake Chelan, traveling to Arizona during the winter. He kept busy during retirement with golf, horseshoes, fishing, and weekly card games with his friends. He also enjoyed time with his five grandchildren and many granddogs. He was known around his Granite Falls neighborhood as the man with the right tool and knowledge for any project as well as the willingness to lend a hand. Tom was also known for his honesty, his smile, and his tan even in the middle of winter. He loved living at the Lake and barbecuing on Saturday nights for his family. Tom expressed that he had lived a wonderful life and wanted everyone to remember the good times. His family believes Tom has a special place in heaven as an amazing husband, father, and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by the many lives he touched throughout his 79 years.
Per Tom’s request, a Private Family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. A gift in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, or a charity of your choice.