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E. David Murphey


1941 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
E. David Murphey Obituary
E. David Murphy passed from this world on Monday September 12th after 75 wonderful years and a courageous battle against cancer. Dave, as he was known by his loved ones, was born in New York City in 1941 and raised in Adams, Massachusetts. Not satisfied with the limited options in his small town, upon graduating from high school he set off for California, hitchhiking on Route 66 with nothing more in his pocket than the few dollars he had saved - about $40. The definition of a self-starter, Dave dove head first into his new life in Los Angeles, quickly climbing corporate ladders, attending college at night and - most importantly - meeting the love of his life, Jennifer Filipchuk. While being drafted into the army in 1966 put this new promising life on hold, he longed for Jennifer and the opportunities awaiting him back in LA, and he returned as soon as his stint as an MP at Fort Riley, Kansas, ended. Jennifer and Dave were married in 1969 in South Pasadena and loved each other intensely for the next 47 years, building a blessed life together in San Marino and then Pasadena. Family was most important to Dave and he adored his wife and two sons David and Cameron, to whom he gave all of his love and support - and most of his time. Whether it was the 6am tennis workouts, basketball and baseball coaching, endless cheerleading, nightly family dinners or college visits, David and Cameron always came first, and Dave was so proud of all that they achieved. Wanting to provide the best life possible for his family, Dave also possessed a deep drive to succeed, founding not one but two thriving businesses. In his long career as an investment advisor, he treated his clients like family and never saw it as just a job. Even in the face of illness, Dave remained dedicated to Murphy Investment Advisors, caring for his clients and passing on that dedication to his son David, who continues the Murphy Investment Advisors tradition. His plate already full with family and work, Dave believed it was important to give back, and found the time and energy to be a leader in Pasadena, in particular as an adored President of the Board of both Polytechnic School and The Valley Hunt Club, two institutions close to his heart. Dave also will be remembered for how charitable he was on a personal level. Full of warmth and generosity, Dave was always ready with a welcoming smile to provide support or have a helpful chat, treating each person he met as an equal with respect and an open heart, no matter where they came from or what they did. Dave lived the American Dream, beating all the odds through sheer will and determination to build an extraordinary life that, while too short, was rich and full of adventure, happiness, love and strong faith. Dave cared deeply for his friends and family and touched so many lives. He lives on brightly through all of us who love him, and miss him so much. A memorial service celebrating Dave's life will be held on Wednesday, September 21st at 2pm at San Marino Community Church, 1750 Virginia Road, San Marino, CA.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 17, 2016
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