Murray Kenneth Francis
Aspen, CO Colorado
Murray’s entire career was in the newspaper industry, starting at the Concord California newspaper in 1953. He was a manager at the Berkley Gazette, classified ad manager at the Eugene Register Guard, publisher of the Comox Valley Record in BC, Canada, and co-founder of the Comox Valley Echo in British Columbia where he retired in 1996.
Murray believed in supporting the many communities he lived in. While living in Berkley, Calif., he was president of the Berkley Lion’s Club. He also served on the United Way Board in Eugene, Ore. He was also a leader in the Courtenay BC Rotary Club.
He was passionate about fishing and boating. He also loved to go hunting and all things associated with the great outdoors. Murray loved birds and was a supporter of the Audobon Society.
Being of Scottish descent, Murray loved the bag pipe and good scotch. Toss in a Don Williams song and life was good.
He is survived by 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Ken and Edith Francis of Canada, and a son, Scott Blackmon.
He is survived by his wife, Nell, and their children, Sandy Francis, Jesse Steindler, Tom Bedell, Sue Phillips, Diane Francis, Jill Steindler and Molly Bedell, brother Chuck Francis and his wife, Lynn, and their children.
A memorial of Murray’s life will be held at a date to be determined in the future. In lieu of flowers, any donations may be made to the national Alzheimers organization – http://www.alz.org.
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