2005 Dill Howell Award

Roy Murphy

Roy H. Murphy was born on May 22, 1922, in Tacoma, and played baseball and football at Stadium High School before graduating in 1940. He attended the College of Puget Sound and also played football there.

Murphy played for the Lincoln Furniture baseball team, but is better known as a coach and later as an administrator for the city of Fircrest.

He worked briefly for Pierce County Parks as a recreation supervisor, and then ran the Fircrest Recreation Center when it first opened. As the first Supervisor of Parks and Recreation for the City of Fircrest, Murphy developed the city's recreation program.

Murphy gave much to sports in Pierce County, coaching numerous teams in many sports throughout the years.

In his later years, he remained involved in area sports, helping compile information on former area athletes who played in the 30s and 40s for the Shanaman Sports Museum. "Murph" was a real people person, loved by many, and dedicated to helping people enjoy their quality of life.