Don Murray was born in Hood River, Oregon and grew up in Portland. He graduated from the University of Portland in 1960 with a degree in Engineering Science. Don earned a position with RCA’s Computer Operations in Pennsauken, New Jersey. During his three years in New Jersey, Don attended the University of Pennsylvania and received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering. He longed for the west and returned. He spent the next thirty-six years working for Motorola Semiconductors, thirty-one of which were in the Phoenix area.
Don spent three years in Geneva, Switzerland and two years in Austin, Texas. After retiring from Motorola in 1998, he moved to Sedona for three years. While in Sedona, he worked from his home for an engineering software company, Synopsis, which is located in Mountain View, California. While Don was with Synopsis for only eighteen months, he was sent to Japan twelve times.
Don has three children, two daughters and a son (deceased)—and three grandchildren. He and his partner, Sandy Hudgens, have been together for ten years. In the winter they live in Sun Lakes. They have owned in the Village since 2006.
Don loves to travel. He spent a number of years traveling the U.S., Canada and Mexico in his motorhome. In recent years, he and Sandy have enjoyed trips to Europe, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Hawaii, and Mexico. He and Sandy are also avid sports fans and enjoy rooting for the local Arizona teams.
He helped form the Activities Committee and has been the chairman since its inception four years ago. He is also a member of the newly-formed Advisory Committee which will help lead the community in the transition from a developer-controlled to owner-controlled HOA. As part of that role, he is working to improve the resident/HOA Board relationship by advocating and supporting an improved communication process.