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December 23, 2011

Good Bye Ray

Filed under: Buddies,Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:38 am

(Prior to the Texas State Tournament this year, Ray called and left a message wanting to take mom and I out to eat for all she and I did for him years ago.  A few days before the tournament while pre-fishing on Toledo, Ray fell and hurt his back requiring him to return home so we never got to see him.  We had a chance to visit with his son Mike.   Our grand-son Garrett got to meet Mike while at the tournament weigh in.  For years Dr. Bill Sheldon, Ray and I would fish the Individual Division.  Over the years each one of us won First Place which just increased the competition between the three of us.  Bill died several years ago after being bitten by a mosquito while night fishing on Sam Rayburn.   During the late 60’s Ray spent the night with us several times and mom fed him some good home cooking.  At that time, Ray was just a struggling lure and gun salesman.  He fished with dad several times and never failed to ask about him and send his best wishes.   —– God Bless you Ray for the good memories.   We lost a friend of nearly 50 years)

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Fishing legend Ray Murski dies after auto wreck

murskiRay Murski, shown here with the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award, died in a car accident Dec. 19. Photo by LSON.

Ray Murski, a legend in Texas fishing, died Dec. 19 after sustaining injuries in a two-vehicle wreck in Burnet.

Murski, 72, was a conservationist and successful businessman.

He was also among the first competitors on the Bassmaster Tournament Trail after it was founded in the late 1960s.

Murski owned Murski-Breeding Sales, Co. Inc. of Dallas, which represents numerous accounts in the fishing and hunting industry.

He owned Strike King Lure Company.

In 1971, Sam Walton invited Murski to be among the first purchasers of stock in his expanding business, Walmart.

His Flint Creek Ranch in Bosque County is where he hosted thousands of youngsters for hunting, fishing and camping.

Murski was a past Texas Wildlife Association director and a member of the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. He also was a life sponsor member of the Dallas Safari Club.

“Ray was a worldwide hunter, a tireless supporter of the hunting and fishing industries and an avid quail hunter,” said Ben Carter, DSC executive director. “He will be missed.”

In March, he was awarded the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award at the 2011 Park Cities Quail annual dinner and auction in Dallas.

Murski died at an Austin-area hospital after being transported following the crash. Details about the wreck were not immediately available.

According to John Barnes, president of Strike King, Murski spent his last days hunting at his South Texas deer lease with his son, Mike, and his three grandsons. The hunting was not so good because the lease had a lot of rain recently. Everyone on the lease had gotten their trucks stuck in the mud, including Murski, Barnes said.

Murski was returning to his Flint Creek Ranch when the accident happened, Barnes said.

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1 Comment »

  1. So sorry for your loss of such a good friend. Good friends are hard to come by these days. People’s lives are so fast-paced its hard to spend enough time with each other to get acquainted, much less learn what you have in common and then develop a relationship from it. So many people today don’t put enough value on their friendships, thinking they really don’t have the time to invest in developing long-term friendships. Sorry to say, they will wish they had one day. When careers have waned, and children have grown up and moved out of the area and are busy with their own lives, perhaps even a spouse has passed away, that’s when friends can be the nearest and dearest, treasured like a jewel of immense worth. We should cultivate those friendships throughout our lives because we never know when the Lord will say our time is over here on this earth. We need to make the most of every moment we have to share, while we have the time to share it.

    Comment by Becky Lannon — December 23, 2011 @ 11:50 am | Reply


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