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David Murphy Has Passed Away

Aug 08, 2019

David W. Murphy, 61, of Lake Ariel, Pa., died unexpectedly July 29.

Murph, as he was called by family and friends, was known in the field trial world due to his work in creating habitat for grouse and woodcock on his two farms.

Murph was a registered pharmacist, graduating from Temple University. He was also a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in agriculture. He put both degrees to good use but it was his knowledge of land use and how it related to improving quality living areas for birds that was important to field trialers. He spent years and thousands of hours developing an almost ideal area for wild birds and other wildlife. Once he was able to bring the birds back in viable numbers he opened his farms to yearly field trials so other folks could enjoy competing with their dogs on his bird-rich grounds.

Murph was also a “bird dog man” and enjoyed hunting with his setters and pointers. Four years ago he and his daughter Grace raised a litter of setter pups and from that litter came a dog named Sandland Miracle Hodge. Murph told me numerous times that he felt Hodge was his once-in-a-lifetime dog and had all the traits he was looking for in a setter. They sent Hodge away to compete in open horseback shooting dog stakes and Hodge was  successful his first year.

Dave leaves behind his daughter Grace whom he loved with all his heart and also a close knit family that included Marguerite Kranick, brother Neil and sisters Sue, Ellen, and Ann. He also had a close friend Helene who shared his interest in fitness and the outdoors.

I’m going to miss my good friend and our weekly hour-long phone talks.

Dave Murphy was one of a kind and will be truly missed by all who knew him.

Andy Wert, Mifflintown, Pa.

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