Harold Murphy, born December 27, 1936 to Flora DuGuay and
Harold Stinson Murphy in West Hollywood, California, passed
away on January 7, 2016 after a battle with cancer.
Michael grew up in Venice, California. When he graduated
from Venice High School, he joined the Navy where he attained
the rank of able seaman. He later went to work for General
Telephone & Electric Corporation. One day there, he
saw a beautiful girl working in the office. He told one
of the secretaries, “That’s the girl I’m
going to marry.” He asked the girl to a company dance,
and six months later they began a 52 year marriage. They
served each other until Michael no longer could, and Julayne
took care of him.
Michael loved fishing, boating, camping, woodworking, and
teaching others. He always rose early and approached his
personal and his professional workday more as a craftsman
than a laborer, even when the task was laborious. For him,
if it was worth doing, it was worth doing well and without
procrastination. If you ever needed help with a project,
he would be among the first to volunteer. If you took him
up on the offer, you knew it would be done promptly, resourcefully,
and with style. He served his family and friends not out
of obligation but genuine affection.
The thought of Michael brings a smile. Even though he experienced
his share of difficulty and disappointment, he could not
stifle his enthusiasm for life and for the people around
him. You never had to wonder what he thought about anyone
or anything. Pretense and fear of vulnerability were not
in his nature. When he would recount the events of his past,
he often amplified some of the details, not to mislead but
to match the elation of the way he experienced them. If
it was ever your privilege to be with him, whoever you were,
he would bring you along as his fellow adventurer. And the
keenness with which he would ask about you and your experiences
left you feeling that your own life was more important than
you had realized.
He was Dad, Poppy, Papa Mike, Big Mike, and Mike to the
family and friends who loved and miss him dearly. He is
survived by his wife, Julayne Kindschi Murphy and their
children Patrick, Katherine, Karen (Guy), David (Irene),
Sarah (Stephen), Rebecca (Matthew), Michelle, and Joseph,
their 28 grandchildren, and their seven great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 12, 2016
at 11:00 am in the Lake Mountain 1st LDS Ward Chapel, 88
West Harbor Park Way, Saratoga Springs, Utah. Interment
will follow with military honors at Utah Veterans Memorial
Park in Bluffdale.