Jeff Murray, BHM Columnist, Has Died

Bear Hunting Magazine, Bear Hunting Magazine

Bear Hunting Magazine's Archery columnist and author of Moon Guide and other books along with other hunting videos has passed away at the age of 59.

The full obituary is located below.

After a courageous, four-year battle with a rare blood disease (systemic mastocytosis), Jeffrey Christ Murray, 59, of Fish Lake, MN passed away peacefully January 12, 2010, with his loving wife and family at his side. He longed to stay with his loved ones and regain his previous form, but too soon, the illness became more than he could bear. At the end, he found peace knowing Jesus was waiting for him.

A principled man of faith, Jeff was born July 21, 1950, to Margaret and Raleigh Larson. After first graduating from Denfeld High School in 1968 and then U of Minnesota - Duluth in 1973 with a B.A. in Urban Studies, Jeff began working as a planner for St. Louis County. After 10 years there, he followed his one true passion and reinvented himself as an outdoor journalist and photographer. In addition to becoming an award-winning writer and editor for publications such as Outdoor Life and Fins n Feathers, Jeff was a successful inventor, entrepreneur and TV personality. His friends and family will always remember his drive, zest for life, appreciation for good food and music, love for the outdoors, the game of golf and the Minnesota Vikings. Most of all, however, his now absent larger than life personality will leave an unfillable hole in our hearts.

Preceded in death by his parents James and Margaret Murray and Raleigh Larson.

Survived by his loving wife Corie, his children Jared (Natalie) Murray of Hermantown and Janell Murray of Duluth, Sister Faythe (Len) Vereecken of Anoka, Brother Scott (Laurel) Murray of Duluth, Grand children Livia, Vienna and Isla and Noble as well as many nieces and nephews and friends.

Celebration of his Life: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan 23, at Hermantown Community Church followed by a luncheon. Memorials may be made to his wife, Corie Murray.

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