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Former R.B. Murray VP dies

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A former R.B. Murray Co. vice president and a member of the family behind the real estate company has died at age 52.

Rob Murray III, a resident of Ventura, California, and a Springfield native, died June 13, according to an obituary posted to the website of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home Inc. A cause of death was not stated.

Murray, who most recently owned Surfmonk Malibu in Ventura with his sister, Jill North, followed in his grandfather and father's footsteps to join R.B. Murray after he graduated from the University of Missouri, according to his obituary.

Murray is the son of Robert B. Murray Jr., chief financial officer of R.B. Murray Co.; nephew of David C. Murray, the company's chief investment officer; and cousin of Ryan Murray and Ross Murray, who serve as CEO and president, respectively. Rob Murray III's grandfather was family patriarch Robert B. Murray Sr.

Ryan Murray said Rob Murray III's full-time employment at R.B. Murray Co. ended in late 2011, although he remained a consultant in the years following.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rob. As a family company, his passing represents an enormous loss for us all," a company statement reads. "Rob's impact on the real estate landscape of southwest Missouri will be long lasting, and his legacy will continue to endure for years to come."

Murray was featured in SBJ's 2009 class of 12 People You Need to Know, a live interview series.

While at R.B. Murray, he opened the company's first Branson branch office, according to SBJ archives. He also was involved in the development of the TerraGreen Office Park in Springfield.

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