Memorial graveside services for James Cecil Murphy, 59, were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 22, at the Valley View Cemetery with Reverend Rick Cederholm officiating. James died April 10, 2013 at St. Maryís Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho from a lengthy illness of recurring bronchial infection. The diagnosis of Parkinsonís disease made things even more difficult caring for himself and more complicated and difficult for his primary caregivers who have cared for him for the last 10 years after his motherís passing in 2003. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home and friends may send condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com.
Jimmy graduated from Torrington High School in 1972. He was a member of the THS band for three years, and an avid FFA member and played basketball. He could play just about any musical instrument put in front of him. He loved to play the piano the most and he was very good. After high school he worked for Diversified Services and Couplamatic doing general labor and assembly line work. He worked until the death of his father (grandpa) in December of 1977. Jimmy was never married. From 1978 until 1989, he was shuffled between Black Foot and Pocatello, Idaho before he settled at SJ Residential in Kooskia, Idaho. He loved living in Kooskia, as it was situated in the beautiful mountains with a stream nearby the residents. He loved having the animals the residential home provided for their clients. Jimmy took great joy and pride in the many vegetable and flower gardens he helped with over the years. All the residents that resided there were a big part of his life, and he spoke of his love for them often. The town of Kooskia allowed him to be only 30 minutes away from his mom (grandma), and this gave him a sense of belonging and her love throughout those years were very important to Jimmy. After the death of his mother, it wasnít long before he was diagnosed with Parkinsonís disease in 2008 and this limited his mobility to get around. The caregivers of SJ Residential had no other choice but to place him into a different facility, as they could no longer care for him. From 2008 until his death, he resided in Grangeville, Idaho at the Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Jimmy is survived by his brothers Ronald (Mary) Lampman, Phillip (companion Pam) Lampman, Tracy (Norma) Lampman, his little sister Denise (William) Neu, uncle Donald Murphy, aunt Ruby (Willard) Lockman, seventeen nieces, three nephews, ten great nieces, ten great nephews, and more cousins than one could ever imagine. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; his parents Cecil T. Murphy and Phyllis I. (Van Sickle) Murphy; his biological mother Phyllis D. (Murphy) Lampman; and biological father Kenneth Henry; sisters Velinda E. Thaden and Billie L. Knowlton Seifert; brothers Melvin Wright, Maurice (Babe) Wright Jr and his wife Dorma, Donald E. Lampman and his wife Patricia (DeeDee); nephew Charles T. Thaden; niece Latricia Lampman; great nephew Dillon T. Thaden; and a multitude of aunts and uncles. May he rest in peace and love with our Savior and family who have gone before us. Until we meet again, my brother, cousin, uncle and friend.