Tomato man Francis Perry Murphy dies at 84
by | March 16, 2010
Francis Perry Murphy, 84, died peacefully March 13 at his home in Pearland,
TX. The cause of death was not given.
Along with his father and brother, Mr. Murphy started O.P. Murphy Produce
Co. Inc. over 60 years ago. The company is still a major factor in growing and
shipping tomatoes to Texas and the rest of the nation. Its success fulfilled a
lifelong goal for Mr. Murphy of establishing successful tomato businesses in
Texas and California, according to a company press release.
He was born Sept. 12, 1925, in Harlingen, TX, to Oscar Perry Murphy and
Ruby (Slater) Murphy. He served in the Navy during World War II.
He was an active member of First Baptist Friendswood and was also an active
Gideon. His interest in politics, freedom to work and education lead him to
support such organizations as The Leadership Institute, the National Right to
Work Foundation, the Pacific Legal Foundation and the Heritage Foundation.
In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing golf.
Mr. Murphy was preceded in death by his daughter, Amy (Murphy) Smalley;
his grandson Jesse Murphy; and his great-grandson David George. His
survivors include his wife of 41 years, Anne (Williford) Murphy; his son Joe
Murphy and his wife, Brenda, of San Antonio, TX; his son Mike Murphy and
his wife, Janice, of Pearland, TX; his daughter Cathy Castorani and her
husband, Sam, of Keller, TX; and his daughter Lisa Lancto and her husband,
Bryon, of Cleveland, TN. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 11
A service celebrating Mr. Murphy's life was held March 17 at First Baptist
Friendswood in Friendswood, followed by graveside services at Forest Park
East Cemetery in Webster, TX. Memorial gifts may be made to the Gideons.