Muran, Neal Laurence
Neal Laurence Muran was born in 1916 at the family ranch just east of Reno. He passed away at his home in Tahoe City on June 15, 2007. For more than 10 years he lived the life he had dreamed of, and passed away where he wanted to be, with family beside him. His parents were Laurence Muran and Mary Hogan. Both were early residents of Nevada.
Laurence was the son of Jacob Muran, who as a young man came from Alsace Lorraine region of Europe. He moved his family to Kansas and then to Dutch Flat, Calif. His final destination was Reno, where he grew up and became a saloon keeper.
Mary Hogan was brought from Ireland to the United States as an infant. Her father, Denis, took the family to Poeville, a mining camp at the base of Peavine Mountain. She and her brother John grew up in this little community that was abandoned by the late 1890s. John and Mary bought a ranch just east of Reno, which is now part of Reno. She and Laurence were married soon after.
Laurence was a hunter and fisherman. He fished the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake, but Lake Tahoe was his fisherman’s paradise with cutthroat trout so plentiful they were shipped in boxcars to the San Francisco market.
Neal remembered the little train that followed along the river. He liked to run out on the pier to see the steamer come in. He went to school, and helped with the ranch in Reno, but the dream of his life was to live at Tahoe.
He joined the Nevada National Guard, which became the 121st anti-aircraft division during World War II. In 1942 he and Prudence Gould were married in the pilot’s ready room in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, where headquarters battery of the 121st was stationed. At the end of the war they made their home in Reno. He went into business with his father-in-law. Their machine shop, Gould and Muran, became Muran Machine Works, then Muran Balancing in partnership with his son John.
Neal was devoted to his Masonic Lodge. He had been a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was a member of St. Peters Episcopal Church in Carson City, The Wing Family of America. He worked with the DeMolay.
They have three children, Barbara Muran, Mary Catherine LaFrance, and John Muran; nine grandchildren, Neal, John, Michael and Pat Way, Katie Fears, Kristen Lujuan, Katherine and Adrienne LaFrance, and Kevin Muran; six great-grandchildren, Meagan, Cherysha and Maxwell Way, Robert and Bradley Lujuan, and Benjamin Bruggy.
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