Murry D. Cleveland, 83, passed away on June 12, 2012, in Spokane.
Murry was born Dec. 29, 1928, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Marvin P. and Grace Marie Cleveland and attended school in the Sioux City area and received a diploma from the high school in Sargeants Bluff, Iowa. He moved with his family to Walla Walla, Wash., in 1942 where he worked on a cattle ranch. He served in the Navy from 1946-1948 and returned to Walla Walla where he began his auto body rebuild career.
Murry married Clara Wyant with whom he had two children, Dixie and David. They lived in Sioux City and Denver, Colo. In Seattle, he worked as an ironworker and later managed an auto body rebuild shop.
He married his second wife, Thelma Danielsen, on June 11, 1960. They lived for several years in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he owned an auto body rebuild shop and enjoyed boating and scuba diving. They returned to the Seattle area where he attended Everett Junior College and the University of Washington.
He taught Vocational Education at the high school in Mountlake Terrace, Wash., and at Edmonds Community College. During this time he actively helped with Junior Rodeo and enjoyed many horse riding trips in the Cascade Mountains.
In 1969 Murry and Thelma moved to a ranch near Colville, where they raised beef cattle and he taught Vocational Education at Spruce Canyon, a juvenile correctional facility affiliated with the state Departments of Institutions and Natural Resources. Murry designed and implemented the first work release program for juveniles in the state in cooperation with Colville businesses. He was an active member of the Stevens County Sheriff's Posse.
Their son, Aaron, was born in 1970.
When Spruce Canyon was closed, they bought a 400-acre ranch near Diamond Lake, south of Newport, and raised beef cattle. He became a captain in the Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Posse and led search and rescue teams.
In 1976 Murry and his family moved back in Western Washington where he managed a custom auto body rebuild shop in Kirkland and coached Little League baseball. Four years later, they returned to Eastern Washington and bought acreage north of Deer Park, where he built the house that they have lived in for 32 years and raised beef cattle.
He also owned a pawn shop in Deer Park, served on the Deer Park School District Board of Directors and coached junior soccer teams. He continued to like to ride horses, hunt, fish and boat.
Murry is survived by his wife of 52 years, Thelma; and his children and their families, a daughter, Dixie Campbell of Estacada, Ore., and her children, Jason and Justin Brummett and Jerod Campbell; a son, David Cleveland of Deer Park and his daughter, Lindsey; a son, Aaron Cleveland, his wife, Renee, and their children, Samuel and Alexandra of Clayton. He also is survived by his brothers, Merlyn Cleveland of Post Falls, Idaho, Marlowe Cleveland of Salton Sea Beach, Calif., and Neal Cleveland and wife, Patricia, of Sioux City, Iowa; great-grandchildren Connor, Colin, Chloe and Ashlee, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Murry was pre-deceased by his parents and his sister, Myvis Reese-Copple.
Visitation will be Friday, June 22, 2012, from 5-7 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service and reception on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Heritage Funeral Home in Spokane.