Bill McMurray – Founder
June 30, 1952 – March 17, 2016
With deep regret and sadness, we announce Bill McMurray, founder of Community Real Estate Company passed away on March 17th, 2016, surrounded by his loving wife Kate McMurray, family, and close friends. Bill set the highest standard for integrity, honesty, hard work, and class. His steadfast, no-nonsense approach was refreshing to be around. He was a true leader & listener, who often held a caring smile of approval which was invigorating to be around. As a sailor, Bill embraced challenges, and often showed the most strength in the roughest waters. Having survived cancer once in his early twenties, he was a true survivor. Esteemed by all who know him, he will be remembered for his humble demeanor and ability to embrace life to the fullest.
Bill McMurray grew up in Santa Cruz located in Northern California. A life long sailing enthusiast, from his teens through working in the sailing industry for race sailboat manufacturers in Santa Cruz California, Bill has competed in 4 Trans-Pac races, many coastal and Mexican distant races, hundreds of local and regional races, as well as world and Olympic trials events. Now he still enjoys opportunities to join friends on cruising adventures. Bill also enjoys the natural recreation opportunities that the McCall area has to offer: from downhill and Nordic skiing in the winter to hiking & fishing along the trails and rivers and ponds in the surrounding area.
After graduating from San Jose State University where he studied Industrial Design, Bill worked in the sailboat manufacturing industry for several years before joining a Santa Cruz home building operation in 1988 as sales and marketing manager. Bill moved to Boise, Idaho in 1993 to assist in the opening of a national mortgage bank. After he received his Idaho Real Estate license in 1995, Bill moved to McCall in 1996. Originally acting as Project Manager for Spring Mountain Ranch, his responsibilities varied from Sale Manager to project development, and General Manager for the initial startup of Hearthstone, McCall’s first fractional ownership project.
Bill opened Community Real Estate Company with his wife Kate in 2003.