Murray Kyle Atkins passed away on Friday November 17, 2019 at the age of 49 years.
Murray was born in Calgary, Alberta on June 16, 1970 and was one of six children born to Gordon and Joan Atkins. He grew up in Calgary where he graduated from Western Canada High School before serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Bordeaux, France. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1995 and married his high school sweetheart, Kristina Cahoon, in Salt Lake City on August 25, 1995. Murray was a well-known businessman who worked in many capacities; including commercial and residential real estate, investment banking, oil and gas exploration and he also served faithfully in his church community. He was an avid collector of stories, historical information and genealogy, as well as interesting or rare objects and art. Murray loved to spend time landscaping his home exterior, traveling and making new friends. He was very personable and enjoyed getting acquainted with people – always making sure to remember the details of their lives and keeping in touch with them through the years. He was well known as a wonderful conversationalist and a gifted and entertaining storyteller. He brought fun and laughter to all who knew him. However, he found his greatest joy and fulfillment in spending time with his family and friends and was a very devoted husband and father. With his easy-going nature and larger-than-life personality, he etched himself into many hearts and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife Kristina Kay; daughters Rachel (Michael) and Chloe; and son William. He is also survived by his father Gordon; mother Joan; sisters Lisa and Laura; and his brothers Drew, Ryan and Seth; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held in his honour at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 17 Avenue Chapel, 2021 17 Ave SW, Calgary on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. As a tribute to Murray’s love of storytelling, his family would like to invite anyone who knew and loved Murray to contribute their “Murray stories” and experiences and/or pictures in an online tribute for all to enjoy at the following website: MurrayAtkins.life