A memorial service was held Thursday, Oct. 4, at the First Congregational Church. Inurnment followed at Mountain View Cemetery in Mountain Home. Arrangements were under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home.
Jim was born the second son of William and Mabel Murphy on March 17, 1932, in Payette.
He graduated from Payette High School in 1950, receiving the Dan Forth Foundation Award for qualities of leadership.
Jim continued his education at Lewiston Normal School, then went on to Boise Junior College from 1951 to 1952. On Feb. 19, 1952, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served his country for four years. He then attended Idaho State University where he successfully completed a BA degree in education and social studies. Later he went on to complete his masters degree in Guidance and Counseling at the College of Idaho in the summer of 1975.
Jim began his career at Mountain Home Junior High in 1959, and then transferred to the Air Force base junior high in the fall of 1963.
His attributes were not limited to the classroom or guidance office. He received numerous awards and recognition for his hard work and community involvement, his family noted.
Jim is survived by: his wife, Madalin Murphy; three daughters, Kelli and her husband, Jake Germeraad, Dana and her husband, Jan Jackson, and Diane and her husband, Brian Curtis; five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepfather, Henry Vogel, and his brother, Richard.
Memorials can be made in his name to the Mountain Home Elk's Lodge or the Alzheimer's Association.