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Rites for Deacon Murphy in San Carlos this weekend

June 19, 2015

Deacon Michael Edmond Murphy died June 11 in a hiking accident in the Mount Shasta region of California. He is survived by his wife Natalie and their son Patrick; his mother Patricia Lautze; and his brothers Martin Murphy (Cheryl) and Daniel Murphy (Jenn).

Deacon Murphy was born in San Francisco on April 16, 1958, to Patrick and Patricia Murphy. He attended St. Charles School in San Carlos and graduated from St. Francis High School in Mountain View. He graduated from the University of Santa Clara in 1980 with a major in history. While at Santa Clara, Deacon Murphy joined the Army ROTC program, where he met his future wife, Natalie Eblacas. Upon graduation from Santa Clara, he was commissioned in the Army as a second lieutenant.

Deacon Murphy and Natalie were married while both were in the military, and their son, Patrick, was born in 1988.

Deacon Murphy received his teaching credential while stationed in Texas. They spent three years on the East Coast, with Natalie teaching at West Point. Deacon Murphy taught at Valley Central Middle School in Montgomery, New York. After two years of teaching, he returned to graduate school and earned a master’s in religious studies. Once Natalie’s assignment at West Point was completed, they returned to San Carlos.

Upon their return to the Bay Area in 1992, Deacon Murphy went to work at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, teaching both math and religion. He took particular pride in teaching both the joy and the sacredness of the Catholic faith. Never one to take himself too seriously, Deacon Murphy encouraged his students to enjoy and encounter the vast array of Catholic prayer and spirituality. He also coached both boys and girls athletics teams, emphasizing fair play, rewarding effort and showing how all these could also be applied to their lives. Through these methods Deacon Murphy challenged his students and teams to rise to the top.

Deacon Murphy and Natalie joined the diaconate formation program in 2001. They quickly found a home in the diaconate community and Deacon Murphy was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop John Wester on June 25, 2006. Since that time he and Natalie served at their parish, St. Charles in San Carlos. Deacon Murphy also wrote many inspiring and thought-provoking Scripture reflections in Catholic San Francisco.

A vigil service is set for Sunday, June 21, at 7 p.m., at St. Charles Church, 880 Tamarack Ave., San Carlos. The funeral Mass is set for Monday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Charles Church.

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