Murray is from Las Cruces, New Mexico and has fished the frigid Bering Sea for more than 25 years. Murray has worked on the F/V Cornelia Marie intermittently since 1990; as deckhand, engineer, and relief skipper.

He was born and raised in Washington state, but now enjoys the warm weather of New Mexico with his family during the off-season. He is currently working on opening a coffee shop in New Mexico. His hobbies include motorcycle riding and jet skiing.