Randall Lee Murphy died peacefully at home on April 5, 2023 surrounded byhis wife, Shirley, and their three adult children.\n\nRandy was born in Burlington, Iowa on June 9, 1947 to Juanita Carol Reed andPaul Eugene Murphy. At an early age he already had a great love for tennis. He hadwon various Burlington tennis tournaments by age 16, and he spent summersteaching and playing tennis. In 1965, he won the Iowa state singles tennischampionship and also was awarded a tennis scholarship at The University of Iowawhere he was on the varsity team four years and graduated with a Bachelor'sdegree in Business Administration. In the summer of 1967 he won the Iowa Openmen's singles title.\n\nRandy was drafted into the army in 1970 and spent time at Fort Hood, Texaswhere part of his duties included teaching tennis. In January 1971 he was sent toVietnam and after his discharge from the Army he returned for summer school atWestern Illinois University where he met his wife, Shirley Yvonne Meyer. They weremarried on September 29, 1973.\n\nIn September 1971, Randy became the assistant tennis pro at Onwentsia Clubin Lake Forest, Illinois and he eventually became the head pro at that club. Later on,he managed tennis programs in Terre Haute, Indiana; Janesville, Wisconsin; andfinally in his home town of Burlington, Iowa.\n\nHis older brother Russell (Linda) Murphy enticed him to come to Tucson,Arizona in 1987 to acquire NuArt Photo, which operated several retailcamera/photography stores. After coming to Arizona, Randy became an avidUniversity of Arizona Wildcat fan and loved attending and watching the Wildcat'sfootball and basketball games.\n\nIn his later years, he worked in several small business and retail avenues. Afterretiring Randy enjoyed playing several racket sports including tennis, pop tennis,pickleball, and table tennis with other Sun City residents. He especially enjoyedplaying pickleball with family members, particularly his sister, Rita (Denny) Williams,who also played college tennis at The University of Iowa.\n\nHe was dearly loved by his family and will be greatly missed. As family, wehave the reassurance that Randy is presently with his Creator and Savior, wherethere is no cancer or pain. He is survived by his children and grandchildren; ChristyFord and sons Tanner and Hunter; Heather (Christopher) Stevens and their childrenBrynn, Logan, Carter and Adalyn; and Mark (Amber) Murphy and their childrenEmery and Grayson.\n\nA celebration of Randy's life service will be held at Saguaro Christian Church inTucson on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. in the garden area. There will alsobe a luncheon on the outside patio area of the Sun City Oro Valley Activity Centerfollowing the service. Friends and neighbors of the family are invited to attend theluncheon even if they are unable to attend the service.\n\n\n\nThe family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the Burlington (Iowa) Tennis Association, Samaritan's Purse, or to one's favorite charity or church.\n\nThere are no gallery images.