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    Dr. Robert O. Murray MD, 82, passed away Feb. 22, 2019 at his home in Moab.

    He was born July 7, 1936 in Maeser, Utah to Lyle Glenn ”Penny” and Marinda “Rin” Hall Murray. Bob graduated from Uintah High School in Vernal, Utah.

    He was student body president, played football, wrestled, ran track, and was involved in many other activities. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1959 and graduated from George Washington Medical School in 1963, where he received an award for outstanding student in anatomy.

    He married Mary Ann Nikles June 8, 1963 in Bath, Pennsylvania. They moved to Salt Lake City to finish his residency. While in Salt Lake City they had a son, Christopher Dale Murray, who was born March 2, 1964. He then went into the U.S. Air Force in 1964 where he served as a flight surgeon and was stationed in Amarillo, Texas for two years.

    Dr. Murray practiced in Craig, Colorado for eight years before moving to Moab. During his medical practice he was known for delivering many babies. During his time in Moab he became known as one of the three M’s. They were Dr. Mayberry, Munsey and Murray.

    Dr. Murray and Mary Ann were married for 55 years.

    He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, of Moab; son, Christopher of Los Angeles, brother, Bill Murray of Vernal; sisters, Deanna (Kent) McCurdy; Saralyn (Rick) Rogers, Mary (Levi) Smuin, all from Vernal; Marinda (Mac) Ross of Moab, and many nephews and nieces.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Meriel Petersen and Betty Ann Murray; brothers, Joe Murray and David Murray, all of Vernal.

    At Dr. Murray’s request cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery with military rites.

    Memorial donations can be made in his name to Moab Regional Hospital or to a charity of choice.

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