Originally Published: June 27, 2015 6:01 a.m.
Christopher 'Chris' Shane Murray, 51, entered into eternal peace on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital and Regional Center in Grand Junction, Colorado after suffering from liver failure.
He was born Sept. 3, 1963, to parents James Terry and Barbara Terry in Prescott, Arizona. Later adopted by Larry Murray upon marrying Barbara (Hurd) Terry. He went to high school at Southern Nevada Vocational Technical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada studying auto body repair and graduated in 1981.
Chris is preceded in death by his parents Larry and Barbara Murray; paternal father James Terry of Colorado; grandparents William and Dorothy Murray and Robert and Brita Hurd of Prescott, Arizona; and Uncle Robert L. (Alice) Hurd of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Jeff and Tim Hurd. He is survived by his son, Branden Murray of Las Vegas, Nevada; stepdaughter Krystal (Wade) Davies; daughter of California; brother Lance Murray of Prescott, Arizona; and sister Autumn Rucci (Michael) of Channahon, Illinois; nephew Elijah Kimbrell; and niece Sara Kimbrell of Channahon, Illinois; and cousin Cindy Hurd.
He leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his common-law wife, Tina Heilig of Grand Junction, Colorado; along with Aunt Kathy (Ronnie) Seets of Prescott, Arizona, and their children Amy Seets (Chriss) Moore, JW Seets and Nate Seets of Prescott along with their spouses and children; Uncle Michael (Sandra) Murray of California and their children Lorna (Mike) Christoff of Colorado, Matt (Dawn) Murray and son of California. He will be missed by friends and family.
Chris was a great, talented artist as a painter of automobiles, boats, heavy equipment, houses and alike. He spent several years in Hawaii as a young adult painting boats and other jobs. Once back on the mainland, living in Las Vegas, he married, had a child and made his way through life with a positive attitude. In his 30s, Chris spent time in Utah searching for petrified dinosaur bones; one of his great pleasures and found treasures. He loved to show and tell family and friends what he unearthed. Later, he moved to Colorado where he spent the remainder of his life. Chris made friends wherever he went and enjoyed sharing a good laugh.
"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus."- 1 Thessalonians 4:14.
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