Clarence Albert Murphy

Clarence Albert Murphy

January 17, 1923 - September 27, 2019
Lake Forest CA

Clarence Albert Murphy

January 17, 1923 - September 27, 2019
Lake Forest CA


Clarence Albert Murphy, beloved father and husband, passed away suddenly Friday September 27, 2019 at the age of 96. He is survived by his wife Mary and six children. Clarence was born in South Bend, Indiana on January 17, 1923 to Clarence Ray and Marie Murphy. He survived his sister Patricia by several years. In 1926 his parents relocated the family to Los Angeles, California driving a Model T Ford across the country.

Clarence was drafted into the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was stationed in the Pacific and flew reconnaissance missions over Borneo as a ball turret gunner in a B-24 Liberator. After the war he worked as a Tooling Engineer for McDonnell Douglas Corp and Hitco which spanned 40 years working in the Aerospace industry.

Clarence met Mary Berry in 1947. They would go dancing at the Hollywood Palladium and attend events with the youth group at their church including chaperoned trips to Catalina and Yosemite. On Aug 5, 1950 they were married at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Los Angeles. Shortly after, they moved to Gardena, CA where they raised their family of six children: Michael, Christopher, Marianne, Therese, Thomas and Patricia. Clarence was a devoted father and enjoyed spending time with his children. He was very active in the Boy Scouts and loved to camp and hike in the mountains all over California. In the summers he would take the family to Yosemite where all his children still love to go. He and Mary also enjoyed square dancing and running occasional 10K races. He spent his later years enjoying his 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was a great husband and enjoyed a long and happy marriage of close to 70 years with his wife Mary.

Clarence was a faithful Catholic and lived his life in harmony with God. He was a great father and he will be greatly missed.


Vigil Service

  • Date & Time: October 11, 2019 (7:00 PM)
  • Venue: O'Connor Mortuary
  • Location: 25301 Alicia Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 581-4300

Funeral Mass

  • Date & Time: October 12, 2019 (12:00 PM)
  • Venue: Santiago De Compostela Catholic Church
  • Location: 21682 Lake Forest Dr. Lake Forest, CA 92630 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 951-8599

Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: October 12, 2019 (1:30 PM)
  • Venue: El Toro Memorial Park
  • Location: 25751 Trabuco Road Lake Forest, CA 92630 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 951-9102

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4 responses to Clarence Albert Murphy

  1. Such great memories of all of the Murphy Family back on 146thPl. What a wonderful time in our lives and what a great example Mr Murphy was to us kids. So sorry for your loss but so grateful for the role models we had.

  2. Miss you grandpa. Thank you for inspiring strength and curiosity in our family. You will never pass from our hearts.

  3. Mr. Murphy: You were a cool dude. You and Misses Murphy always made us feel welcome in your home in Gardena. I know Chris and I and our other friends caused you and Misses Murphy some grief and aggravation, but I think you knew we would eventually land on our feet. Thanks and you will be missed.

  4. Glenn Strom says:

    My condolences.You have a wonderful family and Mr Murphy obviously had a happy,full long life.My prayers with all of you.

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