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John D. “Denny” Murray, 72, of Petaluma, Calif., died Feb. 3, 2012, in Petaluma, Calif., with his loving family by his side.

He was a native of Greenbelt. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Petaluma, Calif. He was the founder and president of Bay Mills Development Company. In addition, he served on the board of directors of Calvert Bank and Trust, board of directors of Christmas in April, board of directors of Leadership, board of directors of Calvert Memorial Hospital, was vice president of Southern Maryland Home Builders, chairman of Calvert County Democratic Central Committee, director of the Health Care and Cost Commission of Southern Maryland, health care commissioner for the State of Maryland, served as the chairman of the Celebration of Life Cancer Gala, and the founding chairman of Annmarie Garden.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Murray of Petaluma, Calif.; children, Margaret E. Murray and her husband, Bart Reese, of North Beach; Claire D. Murray of Chesapeake Beach; and John D. Murray Jr., and his wife, Julia, of Severna Park; stepson, William F. Tomrose of Petaluma, Calif.; grandchildren, Daniel O. Murray of Chesapeake Beach and Harper Reese of North Beach; siblings, Terrence C. Murray of Severna Park and Timothy J. Murray of Beltsville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will receive friends for a memorial service at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, with a reception to follow at The Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant in Chesapeake Beach.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Arrangements are being provided by Parent-Sorensen Mortuary and Crematory in Petaluma, Calif.