A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Monday, May 7, 2012, at Grace Community Church, 935 W. Mescalero Road, for Robert Lewis Murphy Jr. “Murph,” 28, of Roswell, who passed away Sunday April 29, 2012. The Rev. Rick Hale will officiate.
Robert was born on July 23, 1983, in Roswell, to Georgianna Murphy and Robert Murphy Sr. Robert was a 2001 graduate of Goddard High School, and was very active in auto mechanics, agriculture and horticulture and a member of the FFA. Robert began as an auto mechanic for Hawks Service Center, a job that he truly loved and enjoyed. Robert started his career as a fire fighter with the Sierra Volunteer Fire Department; he then joined the California U.S. Forrest Service, where he was on many crews. In 2011, Robert returned to Roswell and acquired his dream job as a range technician/fire fighter with the BLM Pecos District-Roswell Field Office. Robert was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, snowboarding, scuba diving, skydiving, wake boarding, motorcycles, traveling and anything adventurous. Robert absolutely loved life. He was a motivator, mentor and touched many lives, and he will be truly missed.
Robert is survived by mother Georgianna Murphy; brother Patrick Murphy; father Robert Murphy Sr.; stepmother Fua Murphy; sister Viola Murphy; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous extended family and friends.
Pallbearers will be Brenton Starling, Ray Reta, Erin Craft, Josh Stites, Mike Fugate, Jeremy Parmer, Cutler Crockett and Nick Richburg. Honorary pallbearers will be Austin Richburg, Wayne Gluff, Hollis “Chip” Boardman, Hollis “Hawk” Boardman, Abel Sanchez, Matt Zielinski, Derrick Sharp, Luke McGuire, Jay Starling, Travis Meidinger, Dusty Higgins, Rodney Eakin, Nick White, all of BLM Pecos District-Roswell Field Office, all of Sierra Volunteer Fire Department, all of California U.S. Forrest Service, any and all of those who loved him as much as we did.
In lieu of flowers, contributions will be taken at the service to be donated to the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation in honor of Robert Lewis Murphy Jr.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.