In memory of

Douglas W. Murphy

Jul 22, 1979
Feb 27, 2021


On Saturday, February 27th, 2021, Douglas W. Murphy, loving father to his only son Dominic, passed away too soon from complications of his Lung Disease at the age of 41.

Doug was born in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri on July 22nd, 1979 to Julie [Olson] & Mark Farmer. After spending some time chasing lizards in Southern California, he moved to Oregon to be with his Dad. It was then in Salem, OR that Doug settled down after he met his former wife, Steph Murphy, in February of 2001.  They were married Aug 15th 2004 and welcomed their son, Dominic, in May of 2005.

Doug was an amazing chef and loved to cook - was often in the kitchen making something from scratch. He was particularly proud of his Salsas' that he would create from his own tomato garden. Doug also enjoyed playing catch with his Son, Dominic, as well as try to teach him how to cook, play board games & spend time with him at the Beach. Doug was also a passionate collector for Nolan Ryan Baseball Memorabilia - His extensive knowledge for anything Nolan Ryan related was extraordinary. If he wasn’t hanging out with his son or admiring his baseball cards - you could find him at the Pool Hall. Doug absolutely adored playing Pool to the point where he eventually would join a local competitive Pool League, APA Mid West Oregon, for a total of 5 years.

After Doug was diagnosed, he still maintained a positive and healthy outlook on life - he was resilient. His big infectious smile was always heartwarming and he was quick to turn anything into a joke. He also adopted his first puppy Jaxx aka "Peanut" or "Breadstick" in 2019 - who was a constant companion until the very end.

Doug is survived by his son, Dominic Murphy [Salem, OR], Mother Julie Olson [Sawyer, ND], Father Mark & Step-Mother Glenda Farmer [Portland, OR], Sisters Renee & Husband Paul Ward [Minot, ND] and Valerie & Husband Ben Brooke [Sawyer, ND], Step-Brother Alexis & Wife Elizabeth Williams [Redding, CA], Step-Sisters Seraphima Almer [Williston, ND], Shaunna Williams [Salem, OR] and Alexandra & Husband Tony Adams [Grand Junction, CO], Aunts Kathline & Husband Dave Kauffman [Tonopah, AZ] and Kristy Farmer [Galveston, TX], Uncle John & Wife Mitzie Farmer [Homeland, CA], Uncle Welby & Wife Tonya Bergum [Olympia, WA] as well as Cousins, Nieces and Nephews. He is also survived by his former wife, Steph Murphy as well as his Best Friends, Wes & Amy Desmond and Brian & Melinda Muso, who were instrumental to his well-being. Doug was preceded in death by both his Maternal and Paternal grandparents.

Service Information

Graveside Service
Monday, March 8th at 1pm
Cloverdale Cemetery
10275 Parrish Gap Rd in Turner, OR.
Virtual Services will be provided by Johnson Funeral Home via Facebook Live
Find Johnson Funeral Home on Facebook at the appointed time

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Jamie says:

    I hope you rest in peace, Doug. I’m so sorry. I will never forget you, and all the good times we had when we were together.

  2. Patricia Heintz says:

    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there. I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.
    "We are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically... We are Stardust. We are alive in the universe, and the universe is alive within us." – Neil deGrasse Tyson
    You returned to the stars, Doug. Shine on... and when Nolan Ryan shows up I hope you get to shake his hand.

  3. Uncle John says:

    You were like the son I never had. I am grateful and proud to be your Uncle and to have Dominic as my Great Nephew and pen pal. I'm sure we will always treasure your winsome smile and laid back persona daily in our hearts. #ChillinLikeDillon
    For now..
    Go, explore the depths of God's Love & Light
    And rest high on that Mountain in glory,
    Till we gather on shores of peaceful delight,
    And rejoice to be part of his Story.
    Thankful we had that talk last Easter and now your soul knows the love of God that is beyond human comprehension.
    Blessed are those who are overcome by sorrow and grief; for they shall be embraced by the love of God. (Matthew 5:4)
    Father, comfort all Doug's family and friends with your love and peace that transcends our hearts and minds. Thank you for Doug's life and those he touched in this world for the better. Guide his spirit into the realm of grace and truth and keep him safely by Your side.
    For you have made known the path of life. In Your presence there is fullness of joy, At your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)

  4. Tim Lund says:

    Doug, my friend, you changed my life and there is nothing in this world that would equal the value of your friendship. I’m gonna miss you

  5. Pam says:

    Doug you will be so missed by me an so many others . I’m so thankful for you an Steph , bringing Dominic into my life an making me a first time Nana . I an so many others will talk about you to Dominic an share all the memories we all have . Pam

  6. Aunt Mitzie says:

    Doug was a joy to know! I always enjoyed talking with him. I noticed how he would "light up" when he discussed things that "rocked his world", whether it was Nolan Ryan trivia, playing pool, his gun collection, or food dishes he made, and most importantly, his son Dominic. I could see how close Dominic and Doug were(best friends)! My heartfelt sympathy to you all, who feel the heaviness of his too early departure! My hope is to one day meet again.

  7. Aunt Kathy says:

    He will be dearly missed I know!! His GranFarmer was so happy to get him Nolan Ryan cards way back when, being from Texas!! Dad would follow somewhat the TX Rangers because of Dough and Nolan Ryan. He was always happy talking about his grandkids. Mom was proud of them too!! Too many gone to soon, but a better World Tomorrow is soon coming. Hugs to all!! I so wish we could come together physically but the digital world will have to do in this time!! Love and hugs!!

  8. Staff of Johnson Funeral Home says:

    Thank you for trusting Johnson Funeral Home with his arrangements.

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