Robert Michael Murphy

Date of Birth

March 28, 1950

Date of Death

July 21, 2023

City of Death

Arroyo Grande, CA

Robert Michael “Mike” Murphy (73) passed away at home on July 21, 2023 of natural causes. Mike is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Darcy Murphy. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bill, Raymond and Wesley and sister Pam.

Mike was born in Santa Barbara, California to Robert and Millie Murphy, attended local schools and later became an electrician working for local companies such as Donovan Electric, Midway Electric and Craviotto Electric. Mike entered the U.S. Army in 1969, serving in Vietnam. He had many stories from that time including driving for a general, hearing the hiss of a grenade being thrown into the gas tank of the jeep, throwing the General out and landing on top of him. (Breaking a couple of the general’s ribs but saving his life!) After leaving the Army Mike owned his own electrical contracting business, Switch On Electric, until he retired in 2003.

Mike and Darcy were always active in the horse community in Santa Barbara and continued their love of horses and trail riding when they moved to Arroyo Grande in 2002. Mike loved horses and dogs, camping, cooking and barbecuing. He even made a mobile barbecue out of an old horse trailer that he towed to big events to cook for groups. Mike was also a writer having published one novel and was working on a history of his time in the Army including many more stories.

Mike was a true friend, always willing to help someone in need and encourage young friends interested in the construction trades by sharing his knowledge and expertise. He was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.

No services are planned at this time. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.


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