Longtime Dallas banker James Murphy II passed away on October 5 at the age of 72. After earning a BBA degree in finance/general business and an MBA degree in real estate/finance from Southern Methodist University in the early 1970s, Murphy launched his banking career. For more than four decades, he worked as an executive at several highly regarded and successful banks in the Dallas area, including Grand Bank, Fidelity Bank, Compass Bank and Dallas City Bank. At the end of 2021, after 48 years in banking, Murphy retired as vice president of loan review and underwriting for State Bank of Texas.
Throughout his career, Jim was respected and admired by colleagues for his work ethic, loyalty and financial acumen. He was a trusted advisor and mentor to both clients and co-workers.
In 2008, Murphy was diagnosed with throat cancer. After undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, he not only beat cancer, but went on to start a love affair with running that lasted until his death. He finished his first marathon at the age of 59 in 2010. Murphy went on to complete more than 50 races—both half and full marathons, including the Boston Marathon.
According to his obituary, Murhpy “had a sharp wit and great sense of humor. His mischievous, boyish grin and laugh were infectious and he always knew how to make someone feel in on the joke with a playful wink.”
Murphy was married to his wife, Linda, for 32 years until her passing in 2020. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Megan Murphy and Kevin Brown, and their children, Colin and Waverly; and by his sisters, Elise Murphy and Marynell Murphy.