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June 24, 1926 - May 13, 2015 William A. Murphy, an Arcadia resident, died on May 13th, 2015, at age 88. He was born in San Mateo to Alice and Lloyd Murphy in 1926 not far from his parents' birthplace in San Francisco. His family later moved to Sierra Madre where he spent his boyhood midst orange groves, orchards, and rows of grapevines bathed in California sunshine; he harvested wild mushrooms under oak trees with his father. He rode a neighbor's plow horse through open fields which then dotted the Sierra Madre landscape. This heritage developed in him his lifelong optimism, his generous spirit and his love for the land and its bounty. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII on his eighteenth birthday but to his regret his pilot training class was halted after VE Day. An avid golfer, he was a member of Annandale Gold Club for 54 years. In 1958 he launched his corporation, Builders Disbursements Inc., which continues today. Bill built BDI on integrity and expertise supporting the building community. He was a member and officer of the Young Home Builders Association, member of the Home Builders Association, Advisory member of the California Department of Corp., Escrow Division and member of the Chinese American Construction Professionals from whom he received many honors for his support. He was a cofounder and officer of Silverlake National Bank along with actor James Garner in 1963. He also was a founder and director of two insurance firms. His generosity and ribald humor were boundless. He leaves Nan, his beloved wife of 57 years, his three sons: Kirk, Ryan and Schuyler, three grandsons: Schuyler, Colin and Brendan, two sisters Mignon and Marcia and 17 nieces and nephews. Private family services were held. A memorial event will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to www.woundedwarriorproject.org or to www.samaritanspurse.org
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 6 to June 7, 2015
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