John S. Murphy was born in Chicago, Ill., on Sept. 7, 1942, and was called home from Kingman on April 17, when he passed peacefully in his sleep.
John moved to Inglewood, Calif., where he graduated Inglewood High School class of 1961. After graduation, John joined the United States Air Force. John served eight years as an instrument tech. While serving in Vietnam, he earned the Air Force Commendation medal with Oak Leaf Cluster for sustained acts of heroism and valorous actions in direct contact with an enemy.
After leaving the Air Force, John was hired by IBM, where he worked and continued his education for 36 years. He ended his career with IBM as a systems analyst.
John was actively involved with his four children in Campfire Girls, Boy Scouts of America as well as Pony Colt baseball in concert with Police Athletic League of San Jose. John led his family in hiking, fishing and camping. The family, along with extended family, spent several summers building a cabin on Blue Mesa in Colorado. John also trained with his sons in multiple martial arts, including Aikido.
John was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association as well as lifetime board member of the Fremont Peak Observatory Association. John gave solar programs at the peak to further interest in astronomy and the association. John often hosted neighborhood star parties, much to the delight of the neighborhood children and their parents. The viewing slowed down after a mountain lion joined the party here in Kingman.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John F. Murphy and Carol Murphy; and two sisters, Joyce Murphy and Dorothy Witsh.
John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kay Murphy; four children, daughter, Kathleen Hutchison and her husband, Randy Hutchison, son, Stephen Murphy and his wife, Katy Murphy, son, Daniel Murphy and his wife, Michelle Murphy, and son, Kenneth Murphy and his wife, Barbara Murphy.
John leaves 13 grandchildren: Kristian, Amanda, Matthew, David, Nathaniel, Lauren, Alyssa, Thomas, Alyssa Hope, Colin, Olivia, Joshua and Michael; and four great-grandchildren, Aiden, Logan, Kayleigh and Tanner Jayce. They are not all called Murphy, but John counted them all his Murphy clan.
John is also survived by two sisters, Loretta Cornell and her son Stephen Cornell, and Joan Cray and her son Robert Cray.
John lived his life in awe of his Creator God, trusting in the salvation of Jesus Christ his Lord and trying always to walk in the light of the Spirit. He prayed this for his children and he would wish the same for you.
There will be a celebration of life at 11 a.m. June 13 at the First Southern Baptist Church located at 3120 Hualapai Mountain Road in Kingman.