Thomas Guy Murphy, formerly of Tooele, passed away June 1, 2018. He was born July 13, 1955, in Joliet, Illinois, to Ray and Jean Murphy. Tommy, as he was affectionately known by many, lived in Tooele until the summer after the eighth-grade. He made many friends in school, sports, and Catechism at St. Marguerite Catholic Church. Even though he did not graduate from high school in Tooele, he still came to all Tooele High School Class of 1973 reunions and was excited to be coming to the 45th reunion in September. His energy seemed endless, as he kept up friendships by emailing, phone calls, or Facebook messages. Many people received Facebook messages at least weekly, if not daily. He would often end messages with “Your only true friend!”
Tommy made his home in Tucson, Arizona, and was an orthopaedic sales distributor for over 25 years. After retirement, he was a philanthropist who was heavily involved in Special Olympics, Conquistadors, and First Tee Program.
His elderly parents, who reside in Chicago, Illinois, survive Tommy. He managed to visit them once or twice monthly, and along with his brother Ray, took excellent care of them.
His daughter Mariah of Tucson and his brother Ray of Chicago, also survive Tommy. His son Bryan preceded him in death. There was a funeral Mass on June 26, 2018, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Tucson.
The Tooele High Class of ’73 is hosting a Celebration of Life on July 14 at 3 p.m. It will be held at the lounge at Pins and Ales Bowling and Entertainment. Friends of all ages over 21 are invited to attend.
RIP our friend Tommy.