Earl Richard Murphy, 78, of Arizona, passed away July 6, 2011, of complications from pancreatic cancer.

He is a 1950 graduate of Newcomerstown High School.

Mr. Murphy served as a jet fighter pilot for the United States Air Force. A Masters graduate in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University, Mr. Murphy devoted his entire career to Motorola in Scottsdale, Ariz.

An avid horseman, hunter and outdoorsman, he enjoyed exploring the bountiful natural beauty Arizona offers.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Rita; a son, Eric (Lorinda); two daughters, Lisa (Jimmy) and Lana (Paul); and five beautiful granddaughters.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Arizona Humane Society.