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Michael George Murphy


February 28, 1941 - September 30, 2012

Passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 with his family by his side. He was 71.

He taught 6th grade at King Ave. for 27 years, and 5th grade for 10 years at Central Gaither.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Ruby Murphy and three children, Pastor Brent Murphy, Dana Samay, and Wade Murphy; and 7 wonderful grand-kids.

Mike was born in Yreka, CA to Archie & Edna Murphy on February 28, 1941 and was raised for his first 16 years, along with his sister, Sharon, in a small logging town - Tennant, CA (north), 13 miles into National Forest. He went to grammar school there with 35-40 students; high school was in Dorris, CA and he attended 2 years, at which the time, (1957) the logging industry around Tennant "shut down" and the family moved to Live Oak. He attended his junior year, then returned to Dorris for his senior year. After graduation he returned to Live Oak, went to Yuba College & Chico State and earned a teaching credential.

Mike then married the love of his life & began his family and career teaching. During his years at King Ave. School, Mike team- taught with three other 6th grade teachers, each choosing different subjects - Mike's was science. They each taught their 'chosen subject" to 4 classes of 35-37 students.

Mike's class did written 6-wk. "units" on different subjects (birds, mammals, reptiles, rocks, wildflowers, insects, etc.). Some would bring to class various critters to "share" for extra credit, and Mike would soon have even "squeamish" little girls picking up & handling them. One year, (back when it was allowed) he had a 9-ft Python snake (in a long wire cage) right in his classroom named Mary Lou, that was "borrowed" from a local business. The kids fed her a live, baby chick every few days and after the girls stopped squealing and joined in, all grew very fond of her.

Mike was a great teacher and loved & encouraged & inspired ,many students (one even went into wild-life management because of Mr. Murphy). Whenever Mike ran unto a former student every so often, they would come running yelling "Mrrr. Murrrphy" and he would always hug them and was interested in their current lives.

Mike also taught his own children & grand-kids (and wife) the same lessons of nature that he taught his students. He taught them how to hunt, skin a deer, make jerky, fish for trout (including hand-fishing like Indians), and to love all nature. He bought an "abandoned company house" in Tennant,, fixed it up as a "family cabin" where we spent many weeks in the summer and deer season.

Kids and grandkids have tons of good and excellent memories of what grandpa taught them. All have hunting rifles and Mike taught them safe hunting & how to skin and cut up a deer. All of the grandsons (and sometimes granddaughters) hunt each year.

Mike is also survived by a sister, Sharon Winebarger, of Fair Oaks, CA, who also owns a cabin in Tennant, and her family is right in the middle of the deer hunting escapades also.

Mike was a Christian man who loved the Lord and attended church on a regular basis; so we all know where he is cheering us on.

A memorial celebration will be held at Calvary Christian Center, 2620 Colusa Hwy., Yuba City, CA at 2pm on October 20th, 2012.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Oct. 14, 2012
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