READY FOR HIBERNATION – Matthew Brechl wears a bear suit and pushes a jogger as he races in last weekend's 10 K WhaleFest Run on Sawmill Creek Road. More than 100 runners turned out for the event. The annual WhaleFest included a well-attended marine science symposium with participants from the University of Alaska, Penninsula College and Fort Lewis College, a film festival, an art show, a whale watching tour, a market, a banquet, a concert and a variety show. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Cecil Edward Murphy

Cecil Edward Murphy

Cecil Edward Murphy, beloved dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother and uncle, died July 16, 2017, in Anacortes, Wash.
The former Sitka resident was 86.
He was born Dec. 10, 1930, to Wilbur and Daska Murphy in Roundup, Mont. When he was about eight months old, the family moved to Poulsbo, Wash., where he attended Kitsap schools.
At 17, he joined the United States Air Force and served his country for four years.
In 1953 he came to Sitka, where he met and in 1955 married Avis Pederson. In the next few years, he was blessed with three daughters.
In 1957, he got in on the Alaska Veterans Act and received property on Sawmill Creek Road where he raised his family before retiring from Alaska Lumber and Pulp, in 1986, and moving his family to Anacortes, Washington.
In 1995, he married Francis Fisher.
Cecil loved road trips, playing pool and cribbage, and gardening. He loved fishing, hunting, crabbing and clam digging.
He was also very environmentally conscious and loved all animals. But most of all, he loved his daughters and his family, including his cat.
He was generous to a fault. Always helping the less fortunate even when he was less fortunate.
“We always had animals from dogs to ducks, to cats and rabbits,” a daughter said.
In the early 1970’s he built the only residential Round House in Sitka because he wanted to be different.
One of his greatest joys was making his famous smoked salmon for his family and friends.
He was very social and attended a lot of social events such as family reunions, family events, school reunions, the Sitka picnic and more.
“There is so much more we could say about our dad because we have so many years of memories,” said his daughters. “We are so grateful to have had him as long as we did.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Francis, his brother Lawrence, his sister Norriene, and brother-in-law George Mathis.
He is survived by his loving daughters, Robin Records (Kenny), Shelby Borden (Greg) and Tally Allison (Steve); his five grandchildren, Tarra Pointer, Shantel Erickson, Kassie Meyer (JR), Dylan Borden (Ariel), Cody Wichmann (Alina); eight great-grandchildren; his brothers, Donald Paulsen, Dale Paulsen and David Paulsen (Jill); his niece Marcy Mathis; and many more nieces, nephews, cousins and friends as well as his cat Mittsy.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to his favorite charity, The Audubon Society.
A celebration of his life will be held at the family residence: 2217 Vista Lane, Anacortes, 2-6 p.m. Saturday, July 22.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel of Anacortes. To share a memory of Cecil please sign the online guest register at

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