Murphy Martin

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Martin, Murphy Longtime television and radio personality Murphy Martin, former ABC-TV Anchorman, died after a long battle with heart problems. He passed away Thursday night shortly before 11:00 p.m., an hour short of his 83rd birthday. Murphy began his broadcasting career in his native town of Lufkin, Texas and was anchorman at WFAA-TV in Dallas before moving in 1963 to the ABC-TV late night news slot in New York. While at ABC, he co-anchored radio network coverage of both the Democratic and Republican National political conventions in 1964. In 1969, he took a three year leave from radio and television news and began serving as president of United We Stand formed by Ross Perot. He traveled worldwide in search of information about POW-MIA serviceman. He formed a Communications Consulting firm in Dallas. It was about this time that he also began serving as the stadium voice for the Dallas Cowboys, handling pre-game and half-time announcing chores. Later he became the sole announcer for Cowboy games in Texas Stadium until he retired in 1998. In 1992, Perot hired him as a Media-Advisor for his Presidential Campaign. He also did extensive work for EDS from 1969 through 1995. In 2003, Murphy's book, Front Row Seat was published covering the four decades that changed America, as he saw it as a journalist. He is survived by his wife of 45 years Joyce Royal Martin, one son Michael Murphy Martin, and two grandchildren, Angela Simpkins of Lavon and Clay Martin of Richardson, and four great-grand children. Also, two nieces Pam Edwards and Kim Brock and one nephew Randy Odom also of Lufkin. Visitation will be held from 6:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 6, 2008, at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 7, 2008, in the Main Sanctuary of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood Road in Dallas. Interment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the or charity of your choice. Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home and Cemetery 7405 W. Northwest Hwy. (214) 363-5401 Dignity Memorial
Published in Dallas Morning News on July 6, 2008
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