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Merle Colegate Murphy

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Merle Colegate Murphy Obituary
Merle Colegate Murphy

~ 2012 ~

CARMEL - Merle Colegate Murphy passed away peacefully on October 8, 2012 at the age of 91. He was born in Centralia, Washington. He had three sisters who predeceased him.

He is survived by two daughters, Judy (Jerry) Garner and Kathleen (Michael) Sheldon; and three grandchildren, Jared and Julia Garner and Ryan Sheldon.

Merle served in the Army in both the European and the Pacific Theaters of World War II. After an Honorable Discharge, he went back to Washington. In the early 1950s, he came to Carmel, California bringing his carpenter skills with him. During that time, he was a Boy Scout Leader for a Carmel Troop. He started a business as The Village Carpenter, and in the mid-1950s he got his General Building Contractor's License and had a life-long career in construction. Later in his life, he also became a licensed Real Estate Broker. Merle was known for his quality workmanship and as a hardworking man.

In the 1960s and 1970s he entered his homemade breads in the Monterey County Fair and won many awards over the years.

Anyone wishing to make any contributions in Merle's name could contribute to any veteran's organization or a .

There will be a gathering of friends and family on October 28, 2012 at 2:00pm in Grant Hall at All Saints Episcopal Church on Dolores and 9th Avenue in Carmel.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Oct. 14, 2012
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