Governor orders flags lowered through Wednesday, June 13 to honor Judge Dennis F. Murphy

Monday, June 11, 2012 


LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder ordered U.S. flags throughout the state to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the late Judge Dennis Murphy through Wednesday, June 13. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Thursday, June 14.

Murphy, of Gaylord, died Friday. He is survived by his wife, Terry, and children, Tim, Dan and Kate.

"Judge Murphy was an accomplished and dedicated circuit court judge and public servant, and he will long be remembered for his commitment to excellence and the citizens of northern Michigan," said Snyder. "I extend my sincere condolences to his family and many friends."  

Murphy served the people of Crawford, Kalkaska and Otsego counties as circuit court judge following his appointment by Gov. John Engler in 1996. Previously, he worked as an assistant prosecutor in Lapeer, as drug unit chief in Flint, county prosecutor in Gaylord and as chief legal counsel for the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Murphy was a graduate of Seaholm High School in Birmingham. He received his bachelor's degree from Oakland University and a law degree from the Detroit College of Law, now known as the Michigan State University College of Law.

A memorial gathering will be at Nelson Funeral Home in Gaylord on Tuesday, June 12 from 4-8 p.m. A memorial Mass will be held at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord on Wednesday, June 13 at 11 a.m.

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U. S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.