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Eugene John Murret, Sr

Eugene John Murret, Sr

August 1st, 1932 - October 5th, 2021

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Eugene J. Murret, Sr.


Eugene J. Murret, Sr., a New Orleans native and resident of Denver, passed away the fifth of October, 2021, at age 89. Generous in every way, he devoted himself to family and the pursuit of justice throughout his long lifetime. Over the course of four decades, he served as Louisiana’s first judicial administrator, a federal court executive, and an international court management expert. 


The fourth of five children of Charles and Lillian Murret, he grew up in the New Orleans City Park area and attended Jesuit High School, where he met a lifelong group of friends affectionately known as “the Iggys.” Many of these young men continued on to undergraduate and law school at Loyola University New Orleans. Gene Murret did both, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1954 and a Juris Doctorate in 1959, with a two-year tour with the U.S. Army in between. 


During his time as an undergraduate, Gene studied theology and sociology and worked closely with the Rev. Joseph Fichter, S.J., a sociologist, scholar and activist who would become a lifelong friend and mentor. In 1951, he joined SERINCO (the Southeastern Regional Interracial Commission, of Catholic college students), serving as chair from 1953-54 and earning a mention in the book: Black, White and Catholic


He studied at Loyola Law on the G.I. Bill, serving as an editor of Law Review, a Moot Court champion, and a member of the Student Bar Association, the St. Thomas More Law Club, the Young Crescent City Democratic Association, the Blue Key National Honor Association and Alpha Sigma Nu, a national Jesuit honor society. 


Subsequently, he joined the Jesuit novitiate at Spring Hill College, where he earned a Master of Arts in the Philosophy of Law before discerning that his spiritual calling was to have a family. 


While studying to receive a Master of Laws from the New York University School of Law, he met and dated Kathleen Corley. After a year of long-distance letters and visits, they married on July 4, 1969, in the Lady Chapel at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Together, they would have four children and six grandchildren, to whom he was completely devoted.


Gene worked for a year as a partner at Connolly, Connolly and LaBranche in New Orleans, before joining public life as Executive Counsel to Louisiana Governor John McKeithen, a role in which he provided legal counsel, reviewed enacted legislation for signature or veto and represented the governor on State Boards and Commissions. 


In 1971, he was hired as Louisiana’s first Judicial Administrator of the Louisiana Supreme Court, a role he cherished and served for 17 years. One of his last acts in this position was to oversee the renovation of the landmark U.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Building, the current home of the Court.


In 1988, he was appointed Circuit Executive of the U.S. Tenth Circuit, a six-state federal court circuit headquartered in Denver, and was sworn into his position by Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Byron White of Colorado, whose opinions he greatly admired as a law student. The two became friends and colleagues, bonding over legal issues of the day.


In 1995, he headed overseas to Cambodia with the International Human Rights Law Group, beginning a 20-year stint of international consulting to court systems and court management. Over nearly two decades, he served as Clerk of Court to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau, Court Administration Advisor to the East-West Management Institute, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, then Serbia, and Court Administration Advisor for the National Center for State Courts’ Judicial Reform and Government Accountability Project in Serbia. 


His work in emerging and stabilizing democracies proved an invigorating opportunity to introduce new national judicial performance and court performance standards, case weighting systems and significant other court administration improvements. Most important, it afforded him an opportunity to meet people, make friends, and enjoy cultures from across the globe.


In all, Gene Murret spent 41 years improving, advising and overseeing Louisiana, federal and international court systems and recently he was cited as perhaps the world’s longest-serving court administrator, as court administration was an emerging field when he got started in the 1970s. 


He taught part-time in the Denver University and Loyola New Orleans law schools, was a Fellow of the National Center for State Courts’ Institute for Court Management, in Williamsburg, Va. and received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study Law, Courts and Society at University of Virginia Law School. He also studied court administration at the Federal Judicial Center’s Summer Institute for Senior Court Managers in Washington, D.C. and spoke frequently at national conferences. 


His many career affiliations include membership, roles and responsibilities with the Louisiana State Bar Association and the American Bar Association and service as President of the Alumni Board of Directors for Loyola New Orleans. 


He avidly participated in spiritual work at Louisiana’s Manresa House of Retreats, leadership on the Board of Trustees for St. Mary’s Academy in Denver and Children’s House Montessori School in New Orleans, and recently, participation in Bible study with the Denver Archdiocese. He loved tennis, golf, a good cigar and travelling the world.


Gene Murret was a man of unshakeable faith and conscience devoted to God and family. He believed in the Jesuit concepts of providence, social justice, and service to others, and constantly heeded the call to “See God in all things.” In times of difficulty, he told his friends and family to pray for grace. And he signed every letter to family: “Pray and communicate. Love! Dad.”


He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, his children, Patricia Murret, Claire Murret Moynihan (Brandon), Cecilia Murret Saunders (Scott) and John Murret (Theresa), as well as his grandchildren, Camille, Leon and Margot Moynihan, Cian and Emmett Saunders and Emilia Murret. He is also survived by his brothers Charles and John “Boogie” Murret, his sister-in-law Mary Lynn, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles Ferdinand and Lillian Claverie Murret and his sisters, Joyce Murret O’Brien and Marilyn Dorothea Murret.


A Catholic funeral will be held Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 10 a.m., mountain, at Church of the Risen Christ in Denver, followed by burial at Fairmount Cemetery, and a reception at home. The Mass will be livestreamed at risenchristchurch.org, for those who wish to participate. The family also invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories and condolences online at mykeeper.com


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a donation to the Jesuits Central and Southern Province, USA, the Loyola University New Orleans Student Hardship Fund or Law Student Hardship Fund, or the charity of your choice.

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Name Eugene John Murret, Sr
Date of Birth August 1st, 1932
Date of Death October 5th, 2021
Home Town New Orleans, LA, US 
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Cemetery Fairmount Cemetery
Address 430 South Quebec Street
Denver CO 80247
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Marga Llull published a tribute .

Querida familia, siento mucho la pérdida de Gene, Su recuerdo estará siempre en nuestros corazones y pensamientos. Un abrazo, con todo mi cariño.

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Jeffrey A Apperson published a tribute .

My deepest sympathies to the Murret family. Gene was so dedicated to building better justice systems worldwide. He was simply a great human being. He cared and conveyed a sense of hope. NCSC is proud to have served with Gene.

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James Mcmillan published a comment .

Sincere Sympathy to Kathleen and family on your great loss, may Gene rest in peace. Just as many of us have done during the pandemic, I got to know Gene when he connected to our NCSC dial-up bulletin board in the early 1990's. I saw the account and wondered who this person was from Palau? It was Gene who was on top of all the new court administration and technical advances. I then got to know Gene as many here did personally in Sarajevo sharing long dinner conversations. Gene was a student all his life and that knowledge benefited many around the world. He will be very much missed.

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Peggy Ochandarena published a tribute .

My sincerest condolences to Kathleen and the family. Gene was a remarkable person, kind, gentle, patient. I am privileged to have worked with him in Palau, and to have stayed in touch by email through the years. Gene and Kathleen were both wonderful friends in Palau - just good folks with good hearts. The world is a better place because he was in it - he will be missed.

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Kate Salii published a tribute .

My deepest condolences to Kathleen and all of Gene's family on Gene's passing. His lessons stay with me today, and his wisdom, grace, patience, humility, and humor, are just some of what I will always remember of his time here in Palau as the Court Administrator, where I sit on the Supreme Court Trial Division. Not only did he improve the structure and organization of the Palau Supreme Court, but his genuine affection for people is what I will always remember. Thank you Gene for your guidance and friendship, which continued long after you left Palau. Rest in God's love. Kathleen, we here at the court who knew you and Gene will continue keep you in our prayers.
With deepest sympathy, Kate Salii.

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Honora Rudimch published a comment .

My deepest sympathies to Kathleen and family. May our dear Lord comfort and heal your hearts during this time of difficulty.
Rest in God's peace Gene. Your Palau Judiciary family will always remember you.
Sincerely, Honora E. R. Rudimch

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Larry Miller published a tribute .

My thoughts are with Kathleen and all of Gene's children and grandchildren, a few of whom I met and all of whom I heard about from him given the deep pride he took in his family. I knew Gene from his years in Palau and from his and Kathleen's visits to New York after I moved back there. Gene lived a remarkable life, from New Orleans to Denver to Palau to Sarajevo, and I am a better person for having worked with him, had lunch with him and learned from him over the years. Everything I know about the Jesuits -- admittedly not much -- I learned from Gene, but more important, just by having him as a friend I considered him a guide to living a caring, involved and meaningful life. I will miss him.

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Zlatko Osmanovic published a tribute .

That is really a sad news. I am so sorry to hear that Gene has passed away. Gene was extremely nice person with great sense of humour. I always remeber the time working with Gene in Sarajevo. He was my boss, but never bossy. Nice, nice man. My deepest condolences to Kathleen and the other family members.

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Luisa "lulu" Kumangai published a tribute .

Alii Kathleen and family, thinking of you and keeping you all in my prayers. My deepest condolences! Gene, you were a great, humble, caring and a truly sweet person and you will be missed! Our times with you at the Palau Supreme Court will be cherished forever! And all that I learned from you will stay with me forever! Rest in God's grace and peace! Love you, Gene!!

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Ellen Modi published a tribute .

Dear Murret Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Gene was a remarkable person and we always enjoyed his company. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
With Love,
Biren, Ellen, Tara, and Shay Modi

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Cecilia Saunders published a comment .

Modi family, we greatly appreciate all of the love and support you provided to Gene and our whole family throughout this difficult time. Much love!

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Timothy Hughes published a tribute .

I send my condolences to the Murret family. I worked with Gene in Sarajevo in the early 2000's and came to know him and Kathleen very well. He was a friend and a mentor - a golfing partner at the Sarajevo golf course. He will be missed a lot. May God bless the Murret family in this time of loss. With Deepest Sympathy. Pozdrav Gene.

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Cecilia Saunders published a comment .

Thank you from the Murret family, Tim. He enjoyed you as a friend, colleague and golfing partner. He told us those very things. Sarajevo was his last time on a course. Thank you for making it special!

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Pedro Tomas Lopez published a tribute .

Alisa and Pedro send our condolences to Katheleen and all Gene´s family. We met with him in Sarajevo. A great person, a great friend and a real gentleman, Always with a smile. A real pleasure to listen to him talking about his experience in Palau. We will pray for him. In Bosnia and in Spain Gene´s family will have always friends.
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Cecilia Saunders published a comment .

He and my mom spoke a lot about you, Pedro and Alisa. Thank you for your condolences.

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M Mccarthy published a tribute .

Sincere Sympathy to Kathleen and family on your great loss, may Gene rest in eternal peace. We are saddened to have received the news but retain wonderful memories of a great man that we were privileged to have shared time with in Belgrade, Denver and Ireland. Thinking of you all at this most sad and difficult time.

Mick, Terry & Family
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David Thompson published a comment .

Gene will be sadly missed, sincere best wishes to Kathleen and family.Gene is a great loss.I worked with Gene and Mick and many others in Serbia.Gene was always welcoming, he would invite colleagues to his apartment to explain to us American sports when they were on TV.There are tears in my eyes when I write this.David,Jackie and family in Hampshire (UK)

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Cecilia Saunders published a comment .

Thank you for sharing, David. Watching American baseball, basketball, and football remained a favorite past-time in the recent months when his body began to decline.

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Damián Llull published a tribute .

Querida familia Murret, mi más sentido pésame por la muerte de nuestro querido Gene. Recuerdo mi viaje a Nueva Orleans con mis hijas Noelle y Carlota, donde pudimos disfrutar de sus explicaciones sobre nuestro antepasado común Jose Llull. Siempre tendremos el recuerdo de esa visita a nuestra familia americana y siempre le llevaremos en el corazón,
Un abrazo enorme desde vuestra isla Menorca en España-

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Cecilia Saunders published a comment .

Gene cherished the relationship with the Llull family. We are very grateful that you searched for and found our family. The geneologic trip in New Orleans was very special to him.

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Allison I. Sengebau published a tribute .

I’m truly saddened to hear the news of Gene’s passing. He was an amazing Clerk of Court/Administrative Director who made many improvements to the Palau Supreme Court Administration. Even today, his name is invoked in conversations, or references are made to his memos or policies when debates arise over issues. Most importantly, he was a kind, patient, courteous human being who truly cared about his staff and treated them very well. He was loved by many here in Palau. Rest in peace Gene. Deepest condolences to Kathleen and family.

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Jeff Beattie published a tribute .

My condolences to Kathleen and family. I was an Associate Justice on the Palau Supreme Court when Gene was hired. He really shook things up, and it didn't take long for things to get organized. He was loved by all who worked there. Peace to you all.

Jeff

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Rachel Dimitruk published a tribute .

My deepest condolences to Kathleen and to all of Gene's family. Gene was the Court Administrator for the Palau Supreme Court when I moved to Palau in 2001. He was helpful and kind, making me feel welcome even though I wasn't working for the Judiciary. During one of Gene and Kathleen's visits to Palau, Mario and I had the good fortune to see them again and introduce them to our son, who was just a little guy at the time. As always, they were gracious and sweet and chuckling about how life changes. With deepest sympathy, Rachel

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Quay Polloi published a tribute .

Gene,

Thank you is about the best place I can start. You greatly improved the Palau Judiciary starting with your constant smile, positive attitude, patience, and wise, learned guidance. It was a blessing to work with you and be shaped by you. Now that you are freed from physical limitations, I am hopeful that you can freely visit us in Palau and continue to bless us as we welcome you to this island home of yours. I can go on and so can many others here and in Sarajevo and elswhere. But, ultimately, we all deeply appreciate you for your work and for your wonderful friendship, including your wife and family to whom I also express my sincere condolences. Thank you Gene, ke kmal mesulang, is where I will end. God bless you. Rest in peace. Quay.

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Sandra S. Pierantozzi published a tribute .

Marcello and I are saddened to bid farewell to Gene Murret who worked in Palau and did so much to get our Supreme Court well organized administratively! He did a great job and we are much indebted to him and to his wife, Kathy, who's an artist! Rest in peace, Gene; sincere condolences to Kathleen!

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Jelga Emiwo published a tribute .

Gene, as Palau Courts Administrator, hired me in January 2002, and two years later, approved of my application to a different position - what became a decade-long career with the Palau Judiciary. I thanked him once for this during a conversation and his response - a big smile!

I moved to Colorado in 2014 and since then Gene and Kathleen have truly been great friends. It always felt like being home in Palau whenever I was with them. With my parents away, I always loved sharing updates and milestones with them - from school and travel plans to getting engaged to getting pregnant and having Ilya, and the little things in between.

I loved, and will cherish the memories of all our wonderful times together - dining out at some of our favorite places or trying new ones, having Palauan or New Orleans style cooking at our homes, seeing the Death of a Salesman play, or talking about TV shows and movies. But there are some things I will never forget, and which touched my heart in a very special way.

Gene and Kathleen drove to Boulder for my undergrad graduation (2017). They Ubered to my hooding ceremony (2019) and joined me and my family from Palau for dinner, where they stayed until 10PM, despite what pain Gene must have been going through due to his hip problems! For both ceremonies, they brought marmars made of fresh flowers for my cap so the "Palauan gal can stand out" from the crowd. I wore them so proudly those days and kept them for as long as I could - years and months until the leaves and flowers crumbled to pieces. When our daughter Ilya was three weeks old (March 2020), Gene emailed an invitation for dinner at their home so they could meet Ilya. We had delicious New Orleans shrimp creole with wine for dinner, followed by a warm pie...all made from scratch! As we left, they gave us several books and a chair that belonged to their grandchildren for Ilya to use. Ilya is 20 months old today and she LOVES books and uses the chair daily, which also travels with us. (I've attached a photo from my CU graduation.)

Gene was truly a remarkable man, a great friend! I saw how amazing of a husband he was to Kathleen, and from conversations and stories, I knew he was a wonderful father and grandfather. I often secretly imagined Gene and Kathleen as my grandparents. Troy and I had many conversations about how we want to be a couple like Gene and Kathleen. Gene still opened and held doors for Kathleen. He helped her get seated and out of her chair during dinners. He helped put on her jacket or hold her purse for her. I felt so much love watching the two of them. Troy and I would watch these loving gestures and smile at each other.

I am heartbroken by Gene's passing and will miss him terribly, but find comfort knowing he is free of pain.

Gene, mechikung. Ke kmal mesaul ra rokui. Ng diak kubes er kau!

To Kathleen and the family, I send you my love and look forward to seeing you and celebrating Gene's life.

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Troy Payne published a tribute .

My family and I are so saddened to lose our good friend, Gene. Our hearts go out to his wonderful wife, Kathleen, and to all his family and friends. We know Gene will be sorely missed by so many.

I met Gene (and Kathleen) in Palau in 2012 while working at the Court; and when I moved to Denver in 2013, Gene was among the first to welcome me to the city. Since that time, my wife Jelga and I have shared so many wonderful breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and beverages with the Murrets; and we were so lucky to enjoy plays, operas, and great times with Gene and Kathleen in their home and ours. To say we love them is perhaps too mundane a description. In the truest sense of the word, we admire them and the life they led together. So many times after we left their company, in the car ride ride home, we talked about how we want to be like Gene and Kathleen when we grow up!

Gene was probably the best storyteller I have ever encountered (and I am married to one of the best!). We were so often regaled with the memories Gene recounted of his life. And we enjoyed so much how Kathleen would correct his facts, fill in his blanks, and give him trouble when necessary. I leave it to Jelga to recount the best such tales, but one stands out for me. Gene once told a small story over dinner of a specific museum exhibit he saw in some far off place long ago. I will never be like Gene, so I can't recall or recount all the details here, but he recollected the exhibit and its effect on him in such detail. It was the kind of thing he did often and naturally, with joy and without any trace of ego or pride, and I marveled at it.

Gene was a professional mentor, a beloved friend, and a model for the type of person I aspire to be. Gene's warmth, his smile, and his genuine sense of care for and interest in his family and friends will see us through this. In those ways, he will persist in us all.

Farewell, Gene. I'll miss you, my friend. Kathleen, we look forward to seeing you soon and to sharing in the remembrance of Gene's life.

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