David Alan Murphy M.D.

March 28, 1933March 4, 2015

David Alan Murphy, M.D., age 81, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.

Dave was born on March 28, 1933 in Denver, Colorado to Rex L. and Marie A. Murphy. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carol Kaye Murphy; children, Cynthia S. Murphy, Julie Murphy Seavy (and husband Robert), Timothy A. Murphy (and wife Beth), Jennifer L. Murphy (and husband Harry), and Gregory J. Murphy; grandchildren, Ryan Seavy (and wife Nikole), Allyson Murphy, Kellen Seavy, Parker Landry-Murphy, Brenna Murphy-Estus, Caitlyn Murphy-Dunn, Hayden Murphy-Estus, Westley Landry-Murphy, Kacey Murphy-Brandt, and Maeve Murphy-Estus; siblings, James M. Murphy, Jane Murphy Leighton, and Daniel S. Murphy.

Dave was a board-certified ear, nose and throat physician in Denver, Colorado, a 50-year member of the Colorado Medical Society, and a Fellow of The Triological Society. He graduated from South High School in Denver, Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, and the University of Colorado Medical School. Dave helped draft the Colorado Patient Autonomy Act and was active in counseling seniors in end of life decision-making. He also served as a MASH doctor in the United States Army during the Viet Nam war. The Triological Society recognized Dave for his research and development of the larynx splint.

As a standout basketball player in high school and college, Dave played throughout his life, including the Senior Olympics. Dave performed in community choral groups and appeared as “Frosty the Snowman” in The Denver Parade of Lights and lots of other venues. Dave was active at South Broadway Christian Church, volunteered with various organizations, and provided pro bono medical care to many in his office and in the field. He also served on the Boards of Tennyson Center for Children and Bessie’s Hope.

Most importantly, Dave was a devoted father and grandfather. He took great pleasure in sharing the Colorado mountains and other activities with his children and grandchildren. Dave was a kind and gentle man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at South Broadway Christian Church, 23 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado 80203. Private graveside service to follow.

Memorial donation suggestions: University of Colorado Medical School, Alzheimer’s Research (303-724-9146), Magic Moments (, Colorado Multiple Sclerosis Society (, Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home (, or the charity of your choice.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 14, 2015


David Alan Murphy M.D.

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Margaret Baumer

March 14, 2015

Dave...what an extraordinary, gifted, and humble person. He blessed countless lives. Peace.

Julie Grow Olson

March 13, 2015

Dr. Murphy was one of my Dad's very best friends in the whole world and I know he (John Grow, Jr.) greeted him in heaven with open arms. I remember the hunting and trail bike trips they would go on and I loved hearing that they would just sing up a storm in the car on the way, with their sons probably silent in the back seat. Dr. Murphy was always so kind, always with a smile on his face, and I can still hear his voice in my head. Our family is praying for peace and comfort for his family and friends. ~Julie Grow Olson

Diana Yang

March 12, 2015

I knew Dr. Murphy for a short time but it made a lasting impact. I met him during May 2008 when Rainbow Bridge/Bessie's Hope hosted their Intergenerational Idols Performance. I had the pleasure of being paired up with Dr. Murphy for a piano and vocal duet. He was a very sweet and caring person. Despite only knowing him for a short time during those months of practice and the performance, I have always remembered this event very clearly. My condolences and prayers to the whole family. Rest in peace Dr. Murphy.

Ruth Dalrymple

March 12, 2015

I have so many absolutely fabulous memories of Dave starting in September of 1951 on the Phillips campus when one of my suite mates from Denver made sure we knew the other Denver kids. Dave and I had a bunch of potentially embarrassing encounters in many venue. In retrospect maybe it was a good thing I sat beside him on a basketball trip when he thoroughly expected someone else to sit with him. He was such a gentleman even then! Dave was always so very special.

Judy Forman

March 11, 2015

All my thoughts are with you...the family of Dr.Murphy.You must be very proud of him. What a generous inspiring Legacy he has left you all. My thoughts and prayers go to his siblings. I only knew Dan, his brother, and had seen David as his patient, in the 80's.Never forgot either one of them.So many years ago. Rest in Peace Dr.Murphy, and health and happiness to you, Dan, and family.

March 10, 2015

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Murphy in several acting classes at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He also attended many of my plays and often shared with me stories about his performance projects and his beloved family members. He was an extraordinary person who blessed many lives, including my own, and who graced the planet with his many skills and talents. I extend my deepest sympathy. Marilyn (Cookie) Hetzel

Donna Shank

March 10, 2015

To the Murphy family,
It was my pleasure to know Dave so many years at the Southwest recreation center. He delivered Hayden and Maeve to my tumbling class when they were small, and what I will hold especially dear in my memories is the year he dressed up in his snowman outfit, skated throughout the gym with the little tumblers following him as Frosty the snowman played on the stereo. What a special moment in history that was! Please accept my sincere condolences for I cannot make it to the memorial, but my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Elizabeth Murphy

March 7, 2015

Dear Aunt Kaye and cousins-in-law. I am so sorry for the grief you must be feeling. Dave had a very long battle but how blessed to have all of you helping and comforting him every inch of the way. Your tenderness was so very touching! Uncle Dave was always sweet and kind and interesting to talk with. He made the world a better place, but I think he will make Heaven a better place too. Elizabeth Murphy in VA