Carl “Jack” Murphy
1921 - 2009
Carl “Jack” Murphy stormed his last beach Aug. 19, 2009. He was born March 6, 1920 in Forrest City, Ark. His family moved to Phoenix in 1925.
A graduate of Phoenix Union High School, Mr. Murphy joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a private in November 1941. He served with the 2nd Marine Division in the Pacific during World War II. He landed on the islands of Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian and Guadalcanal. Prior to the battle of Okinawa, and the anticipated invasion of Japan, he was sent to Quantico, Va. where he underwent officer training and received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was discharged in June 1946. He was called back to service in 1950 during the Korean conflict and, with wife and two daughters, served with a training battalion at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He received his final discharge in 1952 with the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
He married Ann Kirkland, granddaughter of Arizona pioneer, William Hudson Kirkland, on June 5, 1946. The couple had two daughters, Patricia and Marilyn.
Mr. Murphy retired from the Federal Highway Administration as a civil engineer. He worked developing roads and highways throughout the entire state of Arizona, including the Beeline Highway.
He is survived by his daughters, Patricia Naughton and husband John, of Payson, and Marilyn Woods and husband Jerry, of Lititz, Pa. Also surviving are grandchildren Kim (Christy) Rice and husband Sean, of Phoenix, Jason Christy of Scottsdale, Tara (Woods) Blomeier and husband Marcus, of Lititz, Pa., and Marlo (Woods) Burke and husband Shaun, of Lititz, Pa.; great-grandchildren, Emily Christy, Delaney Rice, Parker Rice, Tre’ Blomeier, Lauren Blomeier and Elizabeth Burke.
The entire family thanks the caregivers responsible for his treatment over the past 45 days, especially the respect and dignity he received at Hospice Compassus of Payson. He will join his beloved wife Ann, at a private ceremony at the Veterans National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix.