Murray William Barrett left us for Heaven at 12:30 pm on March 29th, 2017 when the van he was driving back from a Senior Adult Retreat was struck by an oncoming truck.
Murray was born February 15, 1951 to Johnnie William Barrett and Catherine Murray Barrett Raub in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from Southwest Texas State University, Murray served 6½ years in the United States Marine Corps. He then became the Lower School Headmaster at Hargrave Military Academy. At the beginning of his second year at Hargrave, Murray was told he also had to teach. It was in teaching that middle school math class he found his true calling.
He returned to Texas to work on teacher certification and met his wife of 32 years, Dianne Hayden. As Dianne’s military career took them to various locations, they were blessed with four children: Matthew, Jennifer (Jenn), Russell, and Cassandra (Cassie). At each new duty station, Murray would either teach in the local schools or home school the children. He modeled for his children a love for God, family, and this great country. Murray was always active in his local church, working with children and singing in the choir.
After Dianne retired from the U.S. Air Force, they moved in San Marcos, Texas. In July 2001 they settled in New Braunfels, where Murray taught Math at New Braunfels Middle School and was the sponsor for the Middle School Leo Club. In the spring of 2010, Murray retired from fulltime teaching, and started substitute teaching in Comal ISD, and in 2016 taught 5th grade math at the First Baptist Kids Academy part time. During the summers he worked at Schlitterbahn Waterpark as a bus driver.
Murray also worked faithfully at First Baptist Church teaching 5th and 6th grade Sunday school and helping in the Awana Ministry. Murray firmly believed these preteen age children needed a strong role model who would help them understand their need for the Savior, Jesus Christ. And no one was more excited to see a child make a profession of faith than Murray. But as a retiree, Murray was also active the Senior Adult Choir and always enjoyed attending the annual Senior Adult Retreat. He was also a loyal member of the New Braunfels YMCA 5 am Club.
Having grown up without his own father, Murray took a special interest in fatherless boys throughout his life. Murray loved the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and personally had three little brothers from three different states. Most recently, Murray has been a Big Brother to Dillon investing well beyond the program requirements to be a role model and father figure to him for the past 6 years.
Murray was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Bonnie Louise Barrett. He is survived by his wife, Dianne; their four children, Matthew, Jenn, Russell, and Cassie; his cousins Diane Murray Dickson (husband Chet) and Susan Murray Andrews (husband Randy); and numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 8th at 1:00 pm at First Baptist Church in New Braunfels. A Celebration of Murray’s Life will follow at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials may be made in Murray’s name to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas. Please specify Comal and Guadalupe Counties.
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