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Matthew Alan Murray

August 25, 1982 — May 9, 2021


Son of Denise Murray (Dean) and Ian Murray of Mesa, Arizona and Grandson of Rheta and Jerry Dean of Peterson, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers. Notes and cards of comfort and support may be mailed to Mr. and Mrs. Ian Murray to their UPS mailbox at: 2036 N Gilbert Rd. #484, Mesa, AZ 85203.

Matthew Alan Murray, Son of Denise (Dean) Murray and Ian Murray of Mesa, Arizona was born August 25, 1982, in Spencer, Iowa. He attended developmental preschool in Spencer, before moving to Mesa, Arizona in 1986. He attended schools in Mesa and graduated from Mt. View High School, in 2002.

Cub Scouts and then Boy Scouts were regular activities for Matthew as he grew up. He participated with many camping trips and helping with fellow Scouts’ Eagle Projects. Matthew became an Eagle Scout when he was 17.

 Matthew’s favorite hobby when he was a child was fishing. He spent time fishing in Iowa while there and when visiting his Grandparents. In Arizona, he did more than his fair share of fishing with his family. As he got older, Matthew was befriended by many other fishermen who took him under their wings to fish with and to participate in Bass fishing tournaments. He loved it and they loved him!

 Matthew worked as a courtesy clerk for a number of years at Fry’s grocery store on Stapley & McKellips in Mesa. 

Throughout his school days and adult years he was an active church participant at several different churches. Matthew had an open heart to all persons regardless of their faith, age, race, or disabilities. He would be the first to line up to help others—without thinking of his needs. Compassion Church is where Matthew was able to attend church in his latter years with his parents and his brother’s family. As Matt’s illness progressed, friends from all the churches that Matthew had associated with, offered up prayers for him and the family.

Matthew passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center at the age of 38, with his parents at his side. He was able to honor his mother’s last wish—to remain with her for Mother’s Day.

 His last 3 years had been made difficult related to neurological changes due to a nonspecific Mitochondrial Disease.

Matthew is preceded in death by his grandfather, Ivan Murray. 

 Left to cherish his memories are his mother, Denise (Dean) Murray, & his father, Ian Murray of Mesa, AZ; grandmother, Carolyn Murray of Phoenix, AZ; grandmother, Joyce Murray of Mesa, AZ; grandmother & grandfather, Rheta & Jerry Dean of Peterson, IA; brother, Joshua (Matthew’s hero) Murray (Desirae) of Gilbert, AZ; nephews: Caden & Soren Murray; great aunts: Lin Laursen of Arizona City, AZ; Bea Laursen of Mitchell, SD; great uncle, Larry Laursen of Milford, IA; aunts and uncles: Deb & Mike Moore, David & Mary Dean, Diane & Cal Stoner, Cari & Greg Faust, Earl & Yuki Murray, Vince Murray, Matt & Shellei Murray; Joy & Randy Schuler, Larry & Kathy Konradi; along with many other cherished family and friends, including Madona Plueger, Zak Aslamy, Heath Humpal & his family, many dear cousins, and an abundance of wonderful healthcare professionals who took care of Matthew throughout his lifetime and those who cared for him during his final years, months, and days—May God Bless you all.


Funeral Services were held in Arizona on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. 

Local Funeral Services will be held 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at the Warner Funeral Home in Peterson.
Rev. Michael Hyde
Ryan Coufal 
Christopher Dean
Travis McCartan
Dr. Andrew Pick
Cal Stoner
Zach Stoner


Dr. Zaki Aslamy - Dr. Thander Aung
Dr. Sarabjit Bhalla - NP Betty Baynes
NP Stephanie Chen
Dr. Paul Conomos
Dr. Jeremy Feldman
Dr. Vipul Ganatra
Dr. Harjot Hansra - Dr. Sean Marco
Dr. Meredith Wicklund
Dr. Kevin Yuen

(too many others to name)

Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M., until the service time at the Warner Funeral Home in Peterson.
Ryan Brown

"The Lord's Prayer"
"God Be With You Till We Meet Again"

ORGANIST: Gloria Terrell
Oakland Cemetery
Peterson, Iowa

A Lunch and time of fellowship with the family will be held at the First Congregational Church in Peterson following the graveside services.
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