Harry Leslie Murrell passed away at his home in Mesa, AZ on March 31st, 2019. Harry was born to Leslie and Emily Murrell on July 9, 1928 in Harlem, New York. He grew up in Corona- Long Island and graduated from Saint Anne’s Academy in Brooklyn. He then joined the Navy in 1946 and served in Cuba. Following his stint in the Navy, he returned to New York and began working for United Airlines.
In 1955 along with his parents, he moved his growing family to Southern California. Still working for United Airlines, he settled in Huntington Beach. In 1985 after 30 years with United Airlines, he retired and relocated to Arizona.
Harry had many special interests that began with photography at an early age. He was an avid collector of Model A cars and served as President for the Model A Restorers of Arizona Club. He enjoyed traveling and visited many different parts of Europe and the South Pacific. He had a special connection to American Samoa, where he was given an honorary Chief title.
Harry is survived by his children, Denice Pola (Talati), Carolyn Yanez (Rick), John, Paul (Terri) and Edward. Additionally, 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Stepchildren, Kenneth Bauman (Sun), Dennis Bauman (deceased), Thomas Bauman, Patricia Ruiz, Susan Simkins and his dear friend, Norma Tyler.
Final farewell will take place graveside at 11:30 AM. Queen of Heaven Cemetery 1562 E. Baseline Rd. Mesa, AZ 85204