Murray Dehtan, anchor of Glen Rose square farmers’ market, passes away

By Kathryn Jones

Editor

One of the anchors of the Glen Rose square’s farmers’ market and a well-known local character has died.

Charles “Murray” Dehtan, 89, of Glen Rose, passed away Monday, Dec. 24.

The cause of death was not given in his obituary, but Dehtan had battled a number of health problems in recent years.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Wiley Funeral Home Chapel in Glen Rose.

Known by locals simply as “Murray,” the man with a tan, weathered face like an old saddle and a gravelly voice was a fixture on the square in his pickup truck. He sold tomatoes, pecans and other produce in all seasons and all kinds of weather. He kept an old scale to weigh his wares and refused to sell it when people inquired about buying the antique.

Sometimes Murray and his truck were the only things on the square open for business. He’d sit in his truck or on the bench in front of the courthouse under the big pecan trees, talking to other vendors, shopkeepers and tourists for hours.

Born Oct. 11, 1923, in Walnut Springs, to the late Charles Jefferson and Robbie Edwards Dehtan, Murray had lived in Glen Rose since 1952. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene; and sisters, Katie May and Robbie Jo.

Survivors include his daughters, Lisa Dehtan of Glen Rose and Cindy Powers and husband, Mark, of Austin; grandchildren Adreane Williams, William Holland, Ashley Smith and Michelle Powers; great-grandchildren Nate, Jillian, Ty, Grace and Katelyn; and three nieces.

7 Responses to Murray Dehtan, anchor of Glen Rose square farmers’ market, passes away

  1. Mack Hargrave Reply

    January 24, 2013 at 11:59 am

    RIP. The square has no better purpose than to provide a place for people like Murray to dispense his wisdom and his vegetables. I will miss seeing him and his tomatoes.

  2. Karen Richardson Reply

    December 30, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    “What ya know kid?”, Mr Dehtan often asked me. Over the past 20 years I came to know him a bit. I was a newbee and treated as such then. At the memorial, Peggy from CTT said and I paraphased “you could see forever in his beautiful eyes”

    How true. Another rare WWII vet bites the dust. He was an ambassador for our town. May we honor all our local square gentelmen. Living legends, and those we cant’t let go off quickly.

    kr

  3. Nancy Willis Reply

    December 30, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Murray was a customer of my bookstore and most of
    all a friend. He was opionated,vocal and loved
    that many people thought that he was poor and country. In fact he was intelligent and educated
    and had held very responsile jobs in his younger
    years.
    He had everything he needed or wanted. He had a real mistrustof doctors and hospitals and when I reminded himthat I was on the hospital board, he said he still didn’t like it. He was in the store one day when I had to help a troublesome customer out of the store. After that he said that he thought I was him kind of gal and we were friends.

    I trusted and admired him. He will be missed

  4. Venus Vara - Vara Customs Tree Service & More Reply

    December 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Sure will miss ole blue eyes, on the square. I sold watermelons and cantalopes next to him for the last 15 years. He told me storied of lost times, and lesson on veggie. He will be missed…….. RIP Mr. Murray.

  5. .Carol Johnston Reply

    December 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Murray has left a void on the square. His chatty talk belied a man of great wisdom and an aesthetic interest that some may not know. I will miss you Murray Dehtan. Bless you and prayers to your family

  6. Rhonda Comeau Reply

    December 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Murray will be missed. I have truly enjoyed buying my fruits, veggies & watermelons from him over the years. May God Bless him & his family!! Amen

  7. Rhonda Comeau Reply

    December 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Murray will be missed. I have truly enjoyed buying my fruits, veggies & watermelons from him over the years. May God Bless him & his family!! Amen

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