Daniel F. Murphy


Posted: Friday, March 11, 2005


  Daniel F. Murphy

Daniel F. Murphy

Soldotna resident Daniel F. Murphy died Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at his home. He was 64.

Services will be held at a later date.

Mr. Murphy was born Oct. 2, 1940, to Robert and Eileen (Toomey) Murphy in Rochester, N.H. He was a longtime resident of Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada, and moved to the Kenai Peninsula in 1993. He had various enterprises throughout his adult life, including expediting for lumber and oil companies, owning and operating a towing company, running fishing charters and owning a bed and breakfast.

Mr. Murphy once owned and operated the Soldotna Tesoro and more recently worked as a fleet sales representative for Petro Express. He was a former charter boat captain in Homer and enjoyed fishing.

"He loved animals and had several beloved dogs over the years and had once provided a home for a lion and some bear cubs," his family said.

"Dan was a wild game hunter, even though he liked to say he stopped hunting when he met the sorrowful gaze of a wounded elk on his last hunt. Dan was always eager to engage in a lively discussion of politics and social issues. He had compassion for the less fortunate and was always ready to lend a helping hand. Despite Dan's independent nature, he was loved by many. We miss him dearly and are sure he is arguing with God somewhere."

Mr. Murphy is survived by his wife, Romi Haseo of Soldotna; and sister, Pamela Murphy of Avon, Conn.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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