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March 6, 1950 - March 25, 2022 - It is a great sadness that Steve Murphy has passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident in Stayton, Oregon while traveling to visit his family.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Steven MurphyIt is a great sadness that Steve Murphy has passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident in Stayton, Oregon while traveling to visit his family.

He was born on March 6, 1950 to Darrell and Jean Murphy at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. Steve graduated in 1969 from La Grande Senior High School and went to work in logging, followed by long haul trucking. He was a lone wolf mountain man who loved the outdoors, tinkering, restoring cars from the 1920's and riding motorcycles.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Darrell and Jean Murphy; he survived by his heartbroken siblings: David Murphy and Gloria McBain of Lake Havasu City, AZ; and children: Autumn Sanders, Douglas Murphy, and Jason Murphy; five grandchildren, three aunts; Marilyn Fears and Sharon Williams of Arizona, and Bonnie Doyle of La Grande; and 18 first cousins. He has been cremated and a private wake was held March 27th in Eugene, Oregon at his daughter's establishment. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

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