November 26, 1918 ~ June 20, 2013
Murphy, William V.
On Thursday, June 20, 2013 at the age of 94, William Veaize Murphy, "Bill", died of kidney failure in the home of his son Joseph Murphy with his loving sons Joseph and Wallace at his side. Bill leaves behind his two sons, Joseph and Wallace, his nephew Michael Lipscomb, his four grandchildren, Daniel, Michael, Christopher and Brian Murphy, and his three great-grandchildren, Finely Murphy and twins Dylan and Liam Murphy as well as many friends. To his grandkids he was known as "Gramps", to the great-grandkids he was "Grampa-Grampa".
Bill was born November 26, 1918 in San Francisco, California, the second child of Capt. Joseph A Murphy (USN) and Barbara G Murphy. Growing up Bill and his siblings, Patricia and Barbara, moved to naval bases in Annapolis, San Francisco, Long Beach, and San Diego. Bill attended elementary schools in Annapolis, Berkeley, and Coronado. Bill attended high school in Monterey. As a boy, Bill developed an interest in art and drawing in particular, which continued to interest and animate him throughout his life. He was an avid reader and student of history.
On the advice of his father Bill enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940. Shortly after December 7th 1941, during the Japanese invasion of Borneo, Capt. Murphy (the US Naval Attaché in Borneo) was reported missing in action. As Capt. Murphy's only son, Bill was not allowed to serve overseas. Bill spent most of the WWII years stationed at Rattle Snake Army Air Corps base in Texas as an aircraft mechanic on B17s and B29s. After WWII ended Bill enrolled in the University of Southern California to peruse a degree in art and illustration. Bill worked at Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica where he met Frances Regets.
Bill and Fran married in 1948 and journeyed to South America, first to Montevideo, Uruguay and then settled in Buenos Aires, Argentina where Bill worked as a State Department clerk at the US Embassy. In 1951, a year after their first child Joseph was born, Bill and Fran decided to return to the US, settling in Los Angeles. In 1953 they bought a new home in Torrance. In 1957 the family moved to Carmel to care for Bill's mother Barbara. In 1962 the family returned to Torrance where the family remained.
Bill employed his artistic abilities working as a technical artist and illustrator for various aerospace companies in the Los Angeles area working on many interesting classified projects. Bill spent his final 20 years of employment at TRW in Manhattan Beach and was especially proud of his work on the Voyager spacecraft.
In retirement Bill and Fran traveled to England, Ireland and other parts of Europe. After Fran's passing, Bill continued to travel, with his son Wallace to Alaska, and Joseph to Hawaii. Bill enjoyed daily walks for breakfast, coffee and conversation with his many friends. Bill read almost any book he could find and had a large collection of books on a multitude of topics.
Bill was always gracious and kind, despite mounting illnesses. Until his last days, Bill maintained his lightheartedness and a witty charm that most of us can only envy. He enjoyed engaging in political discussions which he managed until his final weeks.
A Memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on July 5th, 2013 at Rice Mortuary (310-792-7599) 5310 Torrance Blvd. Torrance CA 90503.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Bill's name to Oxfam, or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.