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CRAIG MURRAY William "Craig" Murray, of Las Vegas, passed away May 23, 2014, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Craig was born Jan. 5, 1942, the eldest of five children, in San Francisco, to Joan Valerie and William S. Murray. He attended high school in Burlingame, Calif., and college in Berkeley, Calif. He then served in the U.S. Army Intelligence Division at the Pentagon during the Vietnam War, where he was also able to complete his master's degree in financial management at George Washington University. Craig, a member of Mensa, was an outstanding businessman with a keen mathematical mind. He started Sears Point Raceway (now Sonoma Raceway) in Sonoma, Calif., and several restaurants in that area. He also worked with the telecommunication industry for many years in California and Las Vegas. Craig was a kind, loving man who had no enemies. He never judged people and always accepted who they were. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Carol. He is survived by his special companion Trish; four children, Keith (Holly) of Tucson, Ariz., Suzanne of Houston, and Cameron and Colin (Rachel) of Las Vegas; one grandchild, Alexis of Houston; sister, Kris (Rod) of Solvang, Calif.; brothers, Kirk of West Hills, Calif., and Kent (Lida) of Bellingham, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews. Craig enjoyed NACAR racing and horse racing. He was a former Trans-Am and USAC car racer in the late 1960's and early 1970's and had many friends in both of those arenas. He often was compared to John Wayne in both looks and actions. Craig had a small get-together with friends and family before his passing. He got to spend time with the people that meant the most to him. Cremation has taken place under the care of Desert Memorial. Memorial services with military honors will be at 11:20 a.m. Thursday, June 12, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City.
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