James Stephen Murphy, 53, of Dallas died Jan. 4.
He was born in Boston to Peter and Jeanne (Pierce) Murphy.
He lived in Massachusetts until he graduated high school and joined the Air Force in 1980. He spent 20 years serving his country and was involved with operations such as Desert Storm and Desert Shield. While in the military, James traveled to various states, including being stationed in Germany where he met his future wife, Brenda Abbott; they married in Denmark on Jan. 13, 1983.
After his discharge from the service, James and Brenda settled in Utah where he worked as the director of emergency services of Ogden and Northern Utah for the Red Cross and later for GE & Intermountain Healthcare as a software engineer before moving to Dallas in 2013.
When James wasn’t working, he enjoyed the great outdoors such as deep sea fishing, taking off into the mountains to relax and anything computer related. He also loved to travel and was excited when experiencing new things. James loved his family and his children. They were the most important thing in his life.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda, of Oregon; mother, Jeanne, of Connecticut; children, Sean Murphy, of Utah, Coleen Murphy (Zac), of Virginia and Erin Murphy, of Oregon; brothers, Brian Murphy (Debbi), of New York, and Timothy Murphy (Jessica), of Connecticut; and a large extended family.
Private family service was held in Willamina on Saturday at the VFW Hall.
Celebration of James’ life will be held in Utah in early February.
Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements.
To send an online tribute: www.dallastribute.com.