Daniel James Murphy, 58, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 22nd at home with his wife following a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer.
Dan was born on March 13th, 1963 in Laon, France to James Barber Murphy and Marjorie Reed Murphy. He grew up in Durango, Colorado after his father retired from the Air Force when Dan was seven. Dan joined the Army after high school where he chose to jump out of airplanes with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant (E-5) NCO.
Following his military service, Dan attended Colorado State University where he earned a BS degree in Computer Information Systems. His first job out of college was in Plano, TX with Texas Instruments where he met his future wife, Teresa. Dan and Teresa moved back to Colorado in 1993 and were married on July 17th, 1994. Their son, Tanner, was born on March 3rd, 2000.
The family moved to Durango in 2007 when Dan took a position with Mercury Payment Systems, they then returned to the Front Range in 2013. Dan retired in June 2021 from FIS, who had acquired Mercury Payment Systems.
Dan is survived by his wife, Teresa Mandrell Murphy and his son, Tanner James Murphy. Dan is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Marge Murphy and his brothers, David Mark Murphy and Ted Reed Murphy.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30am on Thursday, November 4th at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel on 5303 East County Line Road in Centennial, Colorado. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Castle Rock, Colorado. A Celebration of Dan's Life will follow at The Ridge at Castle Pines Golf Course.
Published by The Durango Herald on Oct. 27, 2021.