MISSOULA - Robert "Murray" Catlin, 58, of Missoula passed away at his home Sunday, March 30, 2008, from cancer.
He was born May 2, 1949, in Missoula to Robert Merle and Catherine Doris Catlin.
He attended Santa Barbara (Calif.) High School, Santa Barbara City College and Montana State University.
Murray married Janet Baker Oct. 19, 1968, in Santa Barbara, Calif., and moved to Bozeman in the fall of 1970 to attend MSU. He moved to Butte in 1975 and worked for Montana Power Co., and to Missoula in 1987, where he formed his own shop, JMK Performance. He later went on to work for the University of Montana College of Technology as an associate professor of industrial technology.
Murray enjoyed racing, playing his guitar, hunting, fishing, camping and "Cooking in the outdoors with his Dutch ovens."
Murray was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved playing with his five grandchildren and was very close to his two children, Kelly and Kerri. One of his greatest loves was working with the staff and students at the College of Technology.
Murray was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Janet Catlin of Missoula; son, Kelly Catlin and Patty Catlin of Missoula; daughter, Kerri Catlin Paris and Scott Paris of Ventura, Calif.; grandchildren, Alyssa and Emma Catlin of Missoula, and Jacob, Elijah and Noah Paris of Ventura, Calif.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Garden City Funeral Home. A reception will follow at the family home, 800 Ben Hogan Drive, Missoula.
Condolences can be sent to www.missoulafuneralhomes.com.