OBITUARY

Dr. Richard "Dick" A. Murbach

February 23, 1947April 14, 2021
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Richard “Dick” Allen Murbach, MD of Clearwater, FL passed away at the age of 74 on April 14, 2021. He was born in Wauseon, OH on February 23, 1947 to Reverend John and Alvira Murbach (predeceased). He spent his childhood in Lancing, MI. As a young man he knew he wanted to be a doctor, and he pursued his dream and graduated from the University of Michigan (Go Blue) with a bachelor’s degree and then continued on to complete medical school. He completed his residency at the University of Florida and his Cardiothoracic Surgery training at Emory University. Dick joined Cardiac Surgical Associates in Clearwater and was a heart surgeon mainly practicing at Morton Plant Hospital. He became a skilled and compassionate surgeon devoted to curing many in the community. Many who were blessed to be cared for by Dr. Murbach went on to lead long lives and were proud to wear the mark of Murbach.

He married Louriese Crissinger (predeceased) and they raised two beautiful daughters, Tracy and Tyanna. In 1989 he married Susan Schweiger, and they spent 31 happy years together. They were blessed with a daughter Chelsea and son Richard, Jr.

He loved to travel the world with his family, and in his retirement years he often worked with Global Jet Care as a flight doctor. On most Thursdays you would find him volunteering at the Clearwater Free Clinic. Dr. Dick made many mission trips to Guatemala with the “Hands of Healing” through his church, Anona United Methodist.

Dick had many passions and had a beautiful singing voice. He loved to sing at church on Sundays with the Anona choir and with the Harolds of Harmony, a men’s vocal group, often competing around the country. Boating and fishing with his family were always a joy and ways to relax. His boats were always appropriately named “Diastole”, the resting stage of the heart. As a fan of college football, he was often conflicted on which hat to wear, either Michigan blue or Alabama red where two of his children attended. In his retirement years, he took up golf. He was a member of the Belleair Country Club and loved to have a competitive game with his many golf buddies. However, his biggest passion was sharing his life with his family and many friends. Always with a caring eye, a helping hand and big smile.

Dick was a loving, compassionate man loved by many and will be sorely missed. May God grant eternal light upon him as he enters the kingdom of Heaven. Rest in peace our friend.

He is survived by: Susan Murbach, his wife Daughter Tracy Sanders (Jason) and children Brooke and Hudson Daughter Tyanna Holbrook (Tim) and children Brynn, Luke and Layne Daughter Chelsea Crymes (Kent) Son Richard Jr (Elyse) Sister in Law Sandra Crouch (Brad) and nephew Thomas Brother in Law Michael Schweiger (Wendy) and nieces Holly (Mikel) and Leah Mother in Law Theresa Schweiger

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Clearwater Free Clinic at www.clearwaterfreeclinic.org Anona United Methodist Church www.anona.com Heralds of Harmony http://heraldsofharmony.g3.groupanizer.com/AboutTheHeralds

Memorial Service will be held at Serenity Funeral Home and Serenity Gardens Memorial Park, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo FL 33774 on Friday, April 23rd at 10:30 a.m. outside near the cascades within the cemetery.

Reception Luncheon to immediately follow at Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane, Belleair, FL 33756

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  • FAMILY

  • Survived by:
    Susan Murbach, his wife
    Daughter Tracy Sanders (Jason) and children Brooke and Hudson
    Daughter Tyanna Holbrook (Tim) and children Brynn, Luke and Layne
    Daughter Chelsea Crymes (Kent)
    Son Richard Jr (Elyse)
    Sister in Law Sandra Crouch (Brad) and nephew Thomas
    Brother in Law Michael Schweiger (Wendy) and nieces Holly (Mikel) and Leah
    Mother in Law Theresa Schweiger

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, April 23, 2021

  • Reception Luncheon

    Friday, April 23, 2021

Memories

Dr. Richard "Dick" A. Murbach

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Jody Rodriguez

May 6, 2021

Our family is so grateful for Dr. Murbach who performed two open heart surgeries on my dad twenty years apart and saved his life both times. Our prayers are with his family now and we are so sorry for your loss.

Elizabeth Wunderlick

April 29, 2021

I worked a cardiac surgical unit at MPH in the past as an RN, and had the pleasure of being a collegue with this great surgeon. He was so proficient, experienced, and well respected by the staff. My condolences go out to the family at this difficult time.

Dane Olsen

April 23, 2021

Dear Susan and Family,

My sincere condolences to you and your family. I knew Dr. Murbach for over 30 years and would often see him in action at MPH. What talent!!
Saved so many lives, including my best friends Dad. Thank you.🙏🏻

I was also fortunate to have met his parents, what beautiful people. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, that’s for sure. Alvira was so sweet.

I was also privileged to assist Dr. Steinman with his knee replacements, man he was brave. Seems like yesterday. How time flies.

I’m just so blessed to have known Dick Murbach, a passionate man, husband and father. I will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. God Bless.

Dane R. Olsen

David and Nancy Richardson

April 23, 2021

Susan and your family

Met "Doc" at BCC, while Bob Barris was recruiting us to join his
Barris Group. "Bubba" died several years back leaving a
legacy where he always wanted the best guys to be in his Group.
They didn't need to best players,... Bubba wanted good guys,
reliable guys, flexible guys and competitive guys. Doc
emulated those needed credentials and a wide range of personal attributes well beyond the Bubba " Test".

We were blessed to have known Doc and his unique way to make
special things out of small favors. He always remembered
special dates and/or issues and concerns which always made
things better.

We miss you already,
Your friend,
Dave Richardson

Brian Myregaard

April 23, 2021

My sincere condolences to Susan and your family. Dick was a wonderful man, husband, father and friend. He always had a smile on his face and his smile was infectious. We would always sit together and watch our boys play soccer at CCC. Each game either Dick or myself (and sometimes both of us) would bring a box of chocolate malted milk balls or tootsie roll suckers to have in our mouths so we wouldn't yell to our boys during the games. We were never sure if we were doing this so not to distract our boys or not to embarrass our wives. It was always hard for Dick to be quite, he was one of those quite yet intense competitors. I also enjoyed our occasional golf games and meeting up at the Lightning games. Dick was a true gentleman and one of the most humble, kind, caring, compassionate and generous people I knew. My life was truly enriched by knowing Dick and his happy, warm personality and I'm grateful I knew him as a friend. You will be greatly missed my friend and my thoughts and prayers are with Susan and your family.

Brian, Pam, Michael & Blake Myregaard

Anup Desai

April 23, 2021

Dr Murbach was excellent Cardiothoracic Surgeon.I have good old memories of working with him in 90s when he was in group with Dr Deal, Dr Pruitt and Dr Dworkin. I acquired their building on Fort Harrison Ave in 1997 when they moved to Cardiovascular pavilion. I remember one day when he walked in to our office even after moving to new office. He told me that he was so attached to his old office that by reflex he drove in to parking lot of his old office and forgot that he already had moved to new office.He left beautiful furniture for us to enjoy and did not charge me anything and some of the chairs are still there.May his soul rest in peace.

Vanessa Lucarella

April 23, 2021

Dick Murbach was an incredible role model for me when I arrived in Clearwater to join Clearwater Cardiovascular Consultants in 1991.

He was the ultimate symbol of excellence in medicine with his intelligent, ethical and compassionate approach to patient care.

I will never forget the kindness and respect that he exhibited toward me in the early years of my professional career.

Thank you so much for your dedicated service, Dick. You have touched and saved many lives!

Stephanie Van Zandt

April 22, 2021

In 1993, as young newlywed physicians recently moved to Clearwater, Dr Ben Schaffer and Dr Stephanie Van Zandt looked to Dr Murbach as a mentor and model of physician excellence. Dr Murbach helped scores of our patients achieve a longer than expected life through his expert surgical care. We appreciate his lifelong gift of saving so many lives. Special prayer to his family.

Nelson Smith

April 22, 2021

My condolences to all of Dr. Murbach's family. He was a great physician, truly one of the giants at Morton Plant. He took excellent care of all my patients and was an example of a strong work ethic and attention to detail. He will be greatly missed and was indeed a Renaissance man. I was happy to read that he was a Bama fan too!

Nelson Smith, MD

Sharon McMullian Fazioli

April 22, 2021

Dear Sue,
I am so sorry to hear of your husbands passing. I only had the pleasure of meeting him on a few occasions when bringing my father in for surgical consults. He had a special way with his patients and a warm smile.
I pray that you and your family find comfort in all the memories you have shared together.
May God Bless You,
Sharon McMullian Fazioli

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Biography

Richard “Dick” Allen Murbach, MD of Clearwater, FL passed away at the age of 74 on April 14, 2021. He was born in Wauseon, OH on February 23, 1947 to Reverend John and Alvira Murbach (predeceased). He spent his childhood in Lancing, MI. As a young man he knew he wanted to be a doctor, and he pursued his dream and graduated from the University of Michigan (Go Blue) with a bachelor’s degree and then continued on to complete medical school. He completed his residency at the University of Florida and his Cardiothoracic Surgery training at Emory University. Dick joined Cardiac Surgical Associates in Clearwater and was a heart surgeon mainly practicing at Morton Plant Hospital. He became a skilled and compassionate surgeon devoted to curing many in the community. Many who were blessed to be cared for by Dr. Murbach went on to lead long lives and were proud to wear the mark of Murbach.

He married Louriese Crissinger (predeceased) and they raised two beautiful daughters, Tracy and Tyanna. In 1989 he married Susan Schweiger, and they spent 31 happy years together. They were blessed with a daughter Chelsea and son Richard, Jr.

He loved to travel the world with his family, and in his retirement years he often worked with Global Jet Care as a flight doctor. On most Thursdays you would find him volunteering at the Clearwater Free Clinic. Dr. Dick made many mission trips to Guatemala with the “Hands of Healing” through his church, Anona United Methodist.

Dick had many passions and had a beautiful singing voice. He loved to sing at church on Sundays with the Anona choir and with the Harolds of Harmony, a men’s vocal group, often competing around the country. Boating and fishing with his family were always a joy and ways to relax. His boats were always appropriately named “Diastole”, the resting stage of the heart. As a fan of college football, he was often conflicted on which hat to wear, either Michigan blue or Alabama red where two of his children attended. In his retirement years, he took up golf. He was a member of the Belleair Country Club and loved to have a competitive game with his many golf buddies. However, his biggest passion was sharing his life with his family and many friends. Always with a caring eye, a helping hand and big smile.

Dick was a loving, compassionate man loved by many and will be sorely missed. May God grant eternal light upon him as he enters the kingdom of Heaven. Rest in peace our friend.

He is survived by:
Susan Murbach, his wife
Daughter Tracy Sanders (Jason) and children Brooke and Hudson
Daughter Tyanna Holbrook (Tim) and children Brynn, Luke and Layne
Daughter Chelsea Crymes (Kent)
Son Richard Jr (Elyse)
Sister in Law Sandra Crouch (Brad) and nephew Thomas
Brother in Law Michael Schweiger (Wendy) and nieces Holly (Mikel) and Leah
Mother in Law Theresa Schweiger

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
Clearwater Free Clinic at www.clearwaterfreeclinic.org
Anona United Methodist Church www.anona.com
Heralds of Harmony http://heraldsofharmony.g3.groupanizer.com/AboutTheHeralds

Memorial Service will be held at Serenity Funeral Home and Serenity Gardens Memorial Park, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo FL 33774 on Friday, April 23rd at 10:30 a.m. outside near the cascades within the cemetery.

Reception Luncheon to immediately follow at Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane, Belleair, FL 33756

If wanting to send flowers, please use the link below to send flowers for the service. This site has a wide variety of selections to fit any budget and anyone is welcome to access it, no login necessary.

Upon checkout, on the billing details page look for the “How Did You Hear About Us” box and kindly choose “Other” then list (Serenity Funeral Home) in the comment box. This helps us track all orders back to our location.

www.seasonsdesignstudio.com