Donald-Murphy-Obituary

Donald Wright Murphy

Torrance, California

1918-2008

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April 9, 1918 - July 1, 2008 FOUNDER OF THE PINEWOOD DERBY Don passed away peacefully Tuesday morning at the Torrance Memorial Hospital after a two week stay for pneumonia. Born in La Porte, Indiana, he moved to California where he met his loving wife Anne. They were married for 57 years. After...

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As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Meeting Mr. Murphy at a pinewood derby event at Del Amo Mall over ten yrs. ago. What an noble man, who didn't know what making derby car would effect so many lifes.
I was with my 2nd cousin who was racing and I met Mr. Murphy. That day I learn about him and how derby racing started. I could see how they had touched so many familys in a postive way. Yes a great father/son activity, but with families being so blended. It was a child connecting with an adult in his life who loved him. With...

I wish to extend heartfelt sympathies to you and to all Cub Scouts, past and present. An icon in my world has gone on to finish his final Pinewood Derby. Many a derby have I run from my Pack to my District to that of the Coastal Empire Council. The fun you created will live on, as will your memory in all of us kids, young and old. Rest in Peace Good Scouter. You have earned a permanent 1st Place Finish.
-Yours in Scouting,
Jim Arnold
Cub Scout Pack 510
Hinesville, GA

Thank you for the wonderful & enjoyable compeittion of the pine wood derby. Something so simple is so enjoyable to all. Our prayers are with the entire Murphy family during this physical loss. Knowing that Don is enjoying pine wood derby even more in the Lord's house.Peace, The Leong family.

Having known Don Murphy since my high school days with his son Donn, he was always a good friend and great person to visit and chat with when I/we had the chance to visit him. My daughters enjoyed the stories he told about "his boys" (his son's running teammates), and appreciated his gifts from his art collection. He will be greatly missed.

Having known Don Murphy since my high school days with his son Donn, he was always a good friend and great person to visit and chat with when I/we had the chance to visit him. My daughters enjoyed the stories he told about "his boys" (his son's running teammates), and appreciated his gifts from his art collection. He will be greatly missed.

On behalf of the Cubs of my generation and those of my two sons, Scouter Murphy's contribution to the B.S.A. will remain a memory of an event that truly brings families together.

May the Great spirit watch over him, and provide comfort to those loved by him.

The boys in Cub Scout Pack 274 in Dudley MA,and many of the adults, look forward every year to our Pinewood Derby. I have fathers now who still remember racing when they were young. What a great gift to give to the youth of this country, and what a wonderfully enduring legacy. Thank you Mr. Murphy, and our prayers go out to your family at this time. Take comfort knowing that every year, all over the world, boys and parents breathe life into that dream.

I was informed of Mr. Murphy's passing by an e-mail from a scouting chat room I frequent.

On behalf of the scouts in Pack 664, San Marcos, CA I wish to extend our sympathies to the Murphy family. Because of a single activity Mr. Murphy thought up, millions of Cub Scouts learn new woodworking skills, sportsmanship, creativity, teamwork, and bonding with their fellow scouts and parents.

Who knew so much could come from racing little wooden cars down a little wooden...