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Norman Murphy

Norman Murphy


Norman Wayne Murphy of Boise, ID passed away peacefully in his sleep October 23 at Valley View Rehabilitation Center. He was born to Ray and Rose Murphy on April 7, 1936 in Kansas City, Kansas. He is proceeded in death by his parents, brothers, Don and Sherman, and sisters, Shirley and Wanda. He is survived by his children Roena (Ken) Lambert of Boise, Bryan (Gladys) of Lafayette, CA, Brett (Lynne) of Eagle, Bruce (Stacey) of Salmon and Brad (Lori) of Eagle; sister, Donna Murphy and brother, Art Murphy. He had 20 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Norman worked for Meadow Gold Dairy delivering products throughout the Ada and Valley Counties for almost 30 years. He was known for his strength at work lifting several cases at a time and awarded for safe driving. He knew every restaurant owner, manager, cook, and waitress in town, not to mention all the convenience store employees.
He always had an ear to the ground noticing when single moms and widows needed help with his mechanic and construction skills. He bought bunk beds, mattresses, shoes and other items to help families in need.
In the early 80’s he gained a heart for church construction after taking a missions trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, to build a Bible College. He traveled around Idaho working on churches with his close friend, Russell Brueggemann. Together they built, remodeled and fixed many churches and parsonages.
He served God faithfully as a member of Calvary First Assembly of God, at 18th & Main. He was a Sunday School bus driver, parking lot snow plower, music leader, sound man, coffee maker, facility caretaker, lover of the church. He was instrumental in bringing many children and their families to Sunday School and church on the big white bus. He worked very hard at this ministry, visiting homes on Saturday to make sure families remembered. He kept a large tackle box stocked with candy for those that behaved on the ride.
Norman always had side jobs going to make extra money. He fixed cars, built fences or rooms. The family had many two-week vacations together throughout the Western states. He also paid for his two youngest to go to college using money earned from these side jobs. He was a huge help to his children with painting and other household projects around their homes.
His hobbies included whistling through life, singing southern gospel, traveling with the “Calvaryaires” around Southern Idaho. He also loved working on American cars and complaining about overreaching big government and taxes.
In his retirement years he loved traveling to see family, attending the grandkids sports and concerts and chatting it up with his friends at the Fort Boise Senior Center. He will be greatly missed by all of us who called him Dad, Papa, brother, and friend.
The family would like to thank the staff of Valley View Rehabilitation Center for the loving care they provided over his last months of life.
A Memorial service will be Nov 8, 4:30 pm at Eagle Life Church, 3838 W. Floating Feather Road, Eagle, ID 83616. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Boise Rescue Mission.
Funeral Arrangements by Alden Waggoner Funeral Chapel.


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