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Murphy Palmer Jr., 65, Washington

Staff WriterMay 18, 2019

Murphy Moore (Chip) Palmer Jr., 65, Suquamish, Washington, passed away suddenly at home on Monday, May 12, 2019.

He was born May 4, 1954, in Columbus, Mississippi, to Murphy M. Palmer Sr. and Patricia (Carr) Palmer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Yvonne (Pieper); his daughter, Tirza Marie; and grandson E. He was predeceased by his parents.

Murphy’s education included LaSalle University in Chicago and continuing education included extensive training in nuclear power and materials handling through his time with the U.S. Navy. Later careers were in real estate investment, satellite and business consulting and agricultural business. He was currently the managing partner of MRP, a research company.

Murphy and Yvonne were married in 1975 in Rubicon, Wisconsin. In 1976 Murphy joined the U.S. Navy, with duty stations on both the east and west coasts, as well as in Scotland. They moved to Bainbridge Island in 1985, spending the next 28 years there before finally moving to Suquamish in 2015.

Murphy was first and foremost a loving father, husband and grandfather. He was known for breaking off a conversation to relate the latest home news, even with colleagues, partners and associates. He treasured his friendships and was always ready to assist with even the smallest needs or requests.

As a 10-year Navy veteran, Murphy served on the fleet missile submarines SSBN Grant and USS Michigan. Shore commands were at NSB Bangor and the USS Holland in Scotland.

Murphy is survived by his sisters, Gaylor (David) Rehfeldt of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and Brenda (Robert) Meyer of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin; brothers-in-law, Kevin (Laurie) Pieper of Hartford, Wisconsin, and Keith Pieper of Hartford, Wisconsin; sisters-in-law, Cleone Huffman of Rome, Wisconsin, and Yvette (Mark) Rauguth of Queen Creek, Arizona.

A memorial is being planned for a later date, donations graciously accepted through Cook Family Funeral Home, PO Box 11109, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

Full obituary available at cookfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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