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Harry Leslie Murrell

07/09/1928 - 03/31/2019
Service Date: 04/05/2019
Service Time: 11:30 AM
Service Location: Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1562 E. Baseline Road, Mesa, Arizona

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


  • My condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. Losing someone you love is truly difficult and I know Harry will be missed. Please know our Heavenly Father holds out promises that can help us with our sorrow. One such promise is that death soon will be done away with forever (Revelation 21:4) and another promise is that “there is going to be a resurrection.” (Acts 24:15). I pray these promises from God, who cannot lie, (Titus 1:2) brings you comfort. For more comfort from the Bible visit www . jw . org.

  • I met Harry when I was traveling through Arizona. He was kind and had such a great sense of humor. I enjoyed the times we had in his hot tub and pool. We could both put down a lot of margaritas! I will miss him and he will always remain in my thoughts and in my heart. RIP my dear friend.

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