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John B. Murphy

John B. Murphy August 20, 1915-Feb. 26, 2017

John B. Murphy of Granby, Colorado and Lake Havasu City, AZ died February 26, 2017 in Lake Havasu, Arizona at the age of 101.

John was a longtime rancher in Colorado, raising cattle on the land his parents purchased in 1909. He was born in the old ranch house and as a child rode horseback to the one- room school house in town, fording the Fraser River before the first bridge was built.

In 1955 John married Edith Clark and they had two children, Jennifer (Baker) and Steve. Upon Edith's death in 1959 John raised the children with the help of family and good friends and ran the ranch.

He married Carolyn Hudak in 1979 and together they ranched until 1993 when John decided it was time to slow down. In retirement he was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of travel by making a safari to Africa, cruising the Inside Passage of Alaska and taking a walking tour of Ireland, his country of ancestry when he was 87, walking 4-7 miles a day.

John was active in the Granby community serving for many years on the board of the East Grand Fire District, was president and board member of the Grand County Irrigated Land Company and sat on the board of the Middle Park Stockgrowers Association and the Soil Conservation District.

He was preceded in death by his parents James and Anna (Rohracher) Murphy, first wife Edith Clark Murphy, brother Jim, sister Margaret (Short), and grandson Glenn Baker. He is survived by his wife Carolyn, daughter Jennifer Baker, son Steven Murphy, grandson Perry Baker (Pam), nephew Leigh Murphy (Deane), nephew Carl Murphy, great niece Paula Buckley, great nephew Mike Murphy (Misty), great nephew Andy Murphy (Paige), and great niece Sabrina Ketcham (Justin).

Funeral service will take place at our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church in Granby, Saturday May 6 at 10:00am with burial to follow at the Granby Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Middle Park 4 H Scholarship Fund, PO Box 475, Kremmling, CO 80459, or to your favorite charity..

Service Details

Saturday, May 6th, 2017 10:00am, Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church

Interment Details

Granby Cemetery

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We are so sorry for your loss and John will be greatly missed. He left a lot of people that enjoyed being around him and he was a very interesting man to talk to. It was an honor to be his friend. He invited us to his house one day and he had just made some cookies. He brought us in and shared his cookies and stories with us. One of the many stories he told us was the time he had to ship some cattle to Denver to sell. He rode with the cattle to Denver and then once they were sold he rode the train back home to Granby. We did so enjoy the conversation, stories, laughter, and cookies with him. He told us only a handful of stories he had to tell and we know he had so many more. He lived a full life and we a grateful to be two of the few people that are so blessed to have known John. Unfortunately, for medical reason, we are unable to attend his services but our thoughts and prayers will be with his family on this sad day.

George and Sharon Norden May 5 2017 12:00 AM

Condolences from Jim Campbell and the Bob Campbell family.

James T. Campbell May 1 2017 12:00 AM

Carolyn and Joyce,

Sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Jim & Sandy Brozovich

Jim &a Sandy Brozovich Apr 26 2017 12:00 AM