Thomas Ben Murray was born on January 3, 1939, to Woodroe Murray and Eleanor Pryor Murray. With his two brothers, Ron and John, he grew up in Nampa, Idaho. After high school, Tom attended college at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. While at ISU, he met his future wife, Paula Ydarraga. After marrying Paula, they moved to Boise, Idaho, and started their family.
Tom and Paula had two children together; a daughter, Michele, and a son, Michael. As Tom’s life continued, he and Paula decided to go their separate ways but continued to be friends and continued to support and raise their kids and enjoy their grandkids. As his children grew, then married and had children, his family grew. He was blessed with a son-in-law, Jerry Porter (deceased), and daughter-in-law, Teri Murray. For Thomas, the best part of a growing family was becoming a grandparent. Tom loved being a grandfather to five amazing grandchildren; Elle’ and Bethany Porter, Ben, Sarah and Nathan Murray. He was also blessed with a great grandchild; Versha Jae Porter. Tom enjoyed watching his grandkids play soccer and baseball as well as supporting them in other areas of their life. His grandchildren brought great joy to his life.
Tom had a long and prosperous career. Early in his career, he moved his young family to Sacramento, California, where he took a managerial position with Elixer Industries. He worked at Elixer Industries until he retired. He loved living in California and raising his family in the sunshine state. It allowed Tom to have great career opportunities as well as enjoy some of his favorite outdoor activities.
Tom was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish, hunt, ski and most of all golf. Tom enjoyed traveling and playing on various golf courses around the country. He liked to collect the pencils from the different courses that he played during his life, and he won numerous club championships throughout his golfing career. He was a member of the North Ridge Country Club in Fair Oaks, California, as well as Hillcrest Country Club in Boise, Idaho.
During his golden years, he was blessed with the opportunity to meet the love of his life, Penny Powell. They enjoyed traveling, golfing, and setting roots in their Arizona residence.
Tom lived his life to the fullest and will be missed by his family and many friends.