John L. Murray

Gem Therapeutics

John L. Murray, 56, Dallas, died July 18, 2013 at his home, with his family by his side.

Born in Plains Township, he was the son of Dorothy R. (Burns) Murray, of Plains Township, and the late Gerald E. Murray.

John was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, class of 1975, Luzerne County Community College, Kutztown University and College Misericordia, Dallas. John was co-founder and owner of GEM Therapeutics of Dallas for the past 11 years.

He was a member of Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas, where he served as Eucharist minister. He was a member of Cursilo Prison Ministry in Altoona, the Guardian of the Redeemer Men’s Group and the Men of Malvern Retreat.

John was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Dallas, a former coach for Dallas Little League, a former member of Dallas Rotary Club and played baseball for Kutztown and LCCC.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, Dorothy, are his wife of 25 years, the former Dianne Richard; seven children, Jessica, New York City, and Julianna, Patrick, Joseph, John, Christopher and Michael, all at home; brothers, Gerald Jr. and his wife, Suzanne, State College, and Joseph and his wife, Tracy, Mountain Top; sisters, Helen Lindner and her husband, Larry, Clarks Summit, Nancy Jones, Plains Township, and Dr. Marianne Hall and her husband, Kevin, Portland, Maine; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre; the Catherine McAuley House, 121 Church St., Plymouth, PA 18651; or the charity of the donor’s choosing.

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