Conrad Murphy II

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Murphy, Conrad Beeman, II

Conrad B. Murphy, age 55, treasured husband, father, brother, uncle and friend, left us much too early following a very sudden and aggressive bout of cancer. He died peacefully at his home in the mountains in Tijeras, New Mexico on May 17, 2017, surrounded by loving family and friends. Conrad's childhood was spent in Pennsylvania, Germany, Iran, Illinois and Texas.

He later served in the United States Army and the National Guard, and attended Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois before moving to New Mexico in 1995. A humble and kind person with an incredible work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit, he partnered in three small construction and remodeling companies, and subsequently purchased and operated Moon's Coffee & Tea (2012). Memories of Conrad will live on in people's homes as they enjoy their remodeled kitchens and bathrooms, and/or prepare their morning coffee. His excellent people skills resulted in close connections with many customers. He made a point to converse with and brighten strangers' lives through common daily interactions and exchanges. Employees at his favorite restaurants and stores knew his name and looked forward to his cheerful visits. He was a skilled conversationalist with a sharp wit, offering input both meaningful and fascinatingly trivial. Yet, he was also an attentive listener, inquisitive and truly curious about people and the world. Conrad's passions included the pursuit of powder (snowboarding), storytelling, music of all genres, reading, history, politics, comedy, outdoor/nature adventures, and cooking and consuming food (very selectively). One of his very favorite things to do was to hastily pack up a car, load up his family and/or friends and explore new territories, stopping along the way to hear a good story and to appreciate new scenery, food, drink, people and animals. His children and wife remember his playfulness, good humor, loyalty, determination, and caring, his snuggle-ability during good TV shows, enjoying his spaghetti (the best in the world), his love and attention to pets and nature, throwing rocks and watching sunsets at the "beautiful spot," and his talent for spotting hawks on road trips that were further away than the eye could see. He will be extraordinarily and tragically missed.

Conrad is survived by his wife of 17 years, Heidi Carr Murphy, his children Jake Reynolds (21), Jaxson Murphy (14) and Harper Murphy (9). He is also survived by his sisters, Beth (Steve) McWhirter, Peggy (Jerry) Campbell and Marilee (Ted) Odendahl, his sister-in-law Rebecca (Mark) Hayden, many nephews and nieces, best friend Eric Archer and many, many other good friends and community members. He was preceded in death by his parents Joyce and Jere Murphy, his brother Jere Murphy Jr., his mother-in-law, Deanna Carr, and his brother-in-law Tim Carr. Conrad's parting and ardent wish was for everyone to just "be kind."

The family wishes to thank Jim and the rest of the staff at Presbyterian Hospice, and especially the dear community of friends and family that showed up in immeasurable ways for Conrad, his wife and kids.

A private remembrance will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an education fund for Conrad's children. Checks may be addressed to the Conrad Murphy Memorial Fund at Nusenda Credit Union, P.O. Box 8530, Albuquerque, NM, 87198. Unless anonymous, please put your name and address in the legal memo.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on June 4, 2017