US Air Force


Master Sergeant Ben Murphy USAF Ret.

April 26, 1962 ~ July 13, 2018 (age 56)
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Thomas Benjamin “Ben” Murphy, 56, died peacefully at home on July 13th, 2018. He was born on April 26th, 1962 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He joined the Air Force, right out of high school. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from Golden Gate University, in 1994. He received numerous awards and certificates, while in the military, including The Air Force Achievement Medal and The Meritorious Service Medal, Senior NCO of the Quarter. He participated in many programs and training opportunities over the years. One that he was proud of, having grown up in Los Alamos, is an Underground Nuclear Weapons Testing Orientation Program. He retired with the rank of Master Sergeant, in 2001. He was employed as a civilian at AFTAC, on Patrick AFB.


Ben is survived by his wife Laura Murphy, of Melbourne, FL; his mother, Nancy Ann Dale Murphy Waller of Los Alamos, New Mexico; his children, Heather Amanda Marie Sandvick and her husband DJ Sandvick of Melbourne, FL, Ashley Anna Marie Murphy of Melbourne, FL, and Courtney Elizabeth Marie Murphy of Melbourne, FL; his grandchildren Benjamin, Caleb (sons of Heather’s), and Audrey (daughter of Courtney’s). He is also survived by his brother, Bart Murphy, and his daughter Emma. Also survived by his sister, Susie Gram, her husband and daughters, Hannah & Elsa.


He was preceded in death by his father David Carter Murphy and his twin daughters, Jessica Ann Larissa and Alexandra Lynn Manessa.


To anyone that knew Ben, knew he had a big heart and only ever wanted to help others. He DEARLY loved his family, more than anything, and he is now resting peacefully in heaven with Jessica and Alexandra in his arms. He was an avid sports fan. He played baseball, football and basketball in high school. He enjoyed golfing in past years. He was a big Kansas City Chiefs fan, and NASCAR fan, and weekends were spent catching up on games and races. Burial will be in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at a later date. May he rest in eternal peace, knowing he was loved and respected.

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