Michael J. Murphy’s Obituary
“Michael Jonathan Murphy, nice to meet you”. This is what you would hear as Michael shook your hand. Never, “Hi, I’m Mike” or “Hi my name is Michael” No, it always was, “Michael Jonathan Murphy, nice to meet you”, and he meant it.
My son, Michael Jonathan Murphy, was born into this world on Friday, February 1st 1985, in Webster TX, and left us in the very early hours of Tuesday, May 8th 2018 in Bryan TX. He was just 33. Not enough can be said that can depict the steel of his character nor the depth of his soul. Suffice it to say, that not one person could be found who knew him, who wouldn’t want to share a beautiful tale about how Michael affected them in a positive way, …not one. Michael could not be reduced to titles nor every day customary expectations, instead, Michael defined his own remarkable brand. Mike, a.k.a. “Tex”, was Loyal, Caring, Giving, Charismatic, a Protector and incredibly Compassionate.
I knew my son better than I know myself, and he loved deeply all whom he knew. He drew no distinctions between his love for those who were in his family and those who were his friends… He had no bounds regarding his desire to give and protect any and every one. Even as he was wrongly accused and mistreated he always stayed true to himself. I am happy to report that my son loved his “momma” and I always felt his love, even through the darkest of times.
Michael was an incredibly talented general contractor and artist. It didn’t matter what needed to be made or created, he either knew how or would find out how to do anything, and the results were always spectacular. The adventures in his life were many and he left best friends and new siblings everywhere he went. An excerpt from his favorite book;
“…The boy was shocked. The old man knew how to read, and had already read the book. And if the book was irritating, as the old man had said, the boy still had time to change it for another.
“It’s a book that says the same thing almost all the other books in the world say,” continued the old man.
“It describes people’s inability to choose their own Personal Legends. And it ends up Saying that everyone believes the world’s greatest lie.”
“What’s the world’s greatest lie?” the boy asked, completely surprised.
“It is this :that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest Lie.” – Paulo Coelho “The Alchemist”
Three words sum up Michael’s life; “Just Show Up”.
Michael is survived by an incredible number of family and friends, too many to mention, to him they were all equal. However, two people will miss him more than anyone can imagine, the two who were there always, and in all ways, his beloved sister Alexandra Patricia Murphy and his “Momma” Sheila Mae Rivera.
A Celebration of his incredible life will be held at Hillier Funeral Home in College Station, TX, Saturday May 19th. Viewing 1:00-3:00 pm, Memorial Service 3:00 pm, Reception afterwards.