Michael H. Murphy
1936 ~ 2016

Michael 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.

 

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