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Traynor Fox Murphy

1932 ~ 2021 (age 88)

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Traynor Fox Murphy, 88, of Boise died on April 18, 2021, Cremation is under the direction of Cremation Society of Idaho. 


Traynor Fox Murphy (Murph) of Boise, Idaho passed April 18, 2021 at home of natural causes, surrounded by family. Born to Steve and Marie Murphy May 11, 1932, he was the youngest of eight.

Traynor married Geo Ann on April 28, 1984 and they enjoyed many adventures together, traveling to almost every Presidential Museum and many national parks around the country. Of all the places they loved to visit, the Oregon Coast and Stanley, Idaho were the encore trips they planned every year. Prior to his 37 year marriage to Geo Ann, Traynor was married 30 years to Marilyn. Traynor and Marilyn were parents to numerous foster children and had a daughter, Colleen (Calhoun) in 1955.

Murph's longest working tenure was 30 years with Kowallis and Richards selling tools. Additionally he honorably served his country in the Korean War followed by his enlistment in the Idaho Army National Guard.

Murph’s woodcraft skills that he learned from his own Grandpa were renowned among friends and family. He left remnants of his life scattered far and wide in homes and hearts. Murph’s love of nature and family was well-documented in photographs he captured. Murph also loved animals and nature, especially when combined with drowning worms to catch a fish. In his final days he passed along his favorite fishing hole spots to any who would listen.

Surviving Traynor includes his wife, Geo Ann, his daughter Colleen Calhoun (Rob) of Meridian, ID; step-children Charlene McArthur (Anthony) of Boise, ID; Peggy Benson (Alan) of Terre Haute, IN; and Dan Tye (Teri) of Caldwell, ID. Seven Grandchildren and six great grandchildren will carry on grandpa’s legacy.

Until the very end, Murph remained, thoughtful, dignified and funny. His sense of humor was rooted in the kindness of his soul and his ability to tell a story. There will be a celebration of life at Traynor and Geo Ann’s home in June.

Those interested in contributing to Murph’s favorite charities or in lieu of flowers, please send memoriams to Disabled American Veterans ( or the Idaho Foodbank (

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