Harry “Craig” Murto

Harry “Craig” Murto, 60, of Linden, Virginia passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 2 PM at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 120 West Main Street, Front Royal, Virginia with Father Dale Grubba officiating.

Mr. Murto was born on January 10, 1960 in Washington, DC to the late Harry Claire Murto and Antonia Marie Strauss Murto.

Mr. Murto owned, edited and published “Late Model Racer” magazine and was a member of the radio broadcast team of “In the Pits”. He was an avid guitar player and lover of heavy metal music, avid cat lover and wrote a weekly racing column in the Northern Virginia Daily. He was donned the “Best looking mustache” in motor sports.

Surviving along with his mother are his wife of 26 years, Margaret “Meg” Murto; three step daughters, Sasha Alas (Armando), Katie Morris and Emily Ferguson (Brandon); two brothers, Keith Murto and Eric Murto (Christina); granddaughter, Clare Alas and step grandson, Kayden Ferguson; his cat, Buddy and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 6 to 8 PM at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Warren County, 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

  9 comments for “Harry “Craig” Murto

  1. Eric Murto
    January 31, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    Craig will be missed. I’ve been amazed at the outpouring of support from all the people he has connected with from all walks of life. From racing, media, music and childhood friends, he has made a lasting impact. Godspeed my brother.

  2. Brett Rose
    February 1, 2020 at 1:08 am

    Praying for the repose of Craig’s soul. My prayers go out to his family. He was such a great guy that I enjoyed talking to. I always sent him my press releases from Hagerstown Speedway since 2017. He will be missed by many!

  3. Mary Zema
    February 1, 2020 at 4:03 am

    Craig was a high school friend and fellow musician. We wrote songs and performed together. He was a creative, gentle soul who will be sorely missed. I wish for peace to his mom and brothers and wife, Meg.

  4. Aimee
    February 1, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    I am so sorry I won’t be able to attend this celebration of life for Craig. I know Craig will have such an amazing send off. He will be in my thoughts and prayers for sure. My love to Meg, Toni, Eric and Keith. ❤️❤️❤️

  5. Georganna Murto
    February 1, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Meg,Keith, Erick and Toni my heart will be with you for Craig’s celebration of life. I am in Arizona until March 31. My love to you all during this stressful time. Georganna

  6. Thom Ring
    February 3, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    I am saddened to learn of Craig’s passing. I’m a fellow racing reporter up here in New England and met Craig when we both wrote for Trackside. Craig stayed at my place more than once as we headed to the Milk Bowl, late models at Thompson or general madness at Seekonk.
    We often didn’t see eye to eye on racing – not to mention politics or music (c’mon, Craig. Tommy Iommi?) But I think we enjoyed disagreeing with each as much as anything we ever agreed on.
    I also published a racing magazine for a time. Despite my potential competition with LMR, Craig was an invaluable help to me. I couldn’t keep a publication going (nor could Val, Marco, Dr. Dick, or just about anybody else). LMR is a tribute to Craig’s effort, determination, and how clearly he had his thumb on the pulse of late model racing.
    Craig simply left us too soon. I’ll miss you, Craig. Make sure you take your victory lap at the pearlies. You earned it.

  7. Bryan Wills
    February 4, 2020 at 1:22 am

    I met Craig around 1990 while working at C3, two things I learned about him soon afterwards was his love for the racing sports and that he had an unlimited amount of energy. After a number of years at C3 he left to begin his journalism career and we didn’t see each other as much but we did stay in contact. About five or six years ago we were talking about syfi shows and movies and discovered our mutual interests in science fiction and space documentary related shows, especially Star Trek. Ever since then we had regular discussions about anything syfi / space related that we had watched and recommending shows to watch if either of us hadn’t seen it yet. I will miss Craig and those conversations. Meg, I am sorry for your loss.

  8. Steve Battista
    February 4, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    I remember when I first met Craig back in 1986. I was a noob at C3 and Craig was working in the repair shop.
    We did not say much. But after hearing that he was a NASCAR fan I thought…yeah he is ok. We went to a few
    feature races at Old Dominion Speedway and it was a great time (my first time to a sanctioned race). But when
    I told him I was more of a NHRA guy, he wouldn’t talk racing to me for a week. But we eventually agreed that
    both sports were equally dangerous as they were fun. After Craig left C3/TELOS I missed the Monday morning
    banter of who won the race and who was “first looser” And why I say “Sammy Hagar makes the band Montrose
    so good” while Craig says “he is just a front man”. But I digress. The last time I remember seeing saw Craig
    in person was in the in the early to Mid 2000’s to give him a pair of tickets to Judas Priest. I am sorry to see you
    go but you go to a better place.

  9. Steven Murto
    February 5, 2020 at 12:45 am

    I didn’t know my cousin well but I feel we were connected in our love for cats and our interest in racing.
    I remember the race weekend at Charlotte in 1999 when my Dad and I met up with Craig, Eric, and Uncle Harry. It was a typical Murto get together of beer and jabber. Good time!
    Through Craig, Buddy has kept me thoroughly entertained the past couple of years. I know Buddy will miss his Dad.
    Meg and family members I wish you peace.

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