HARDTNER, KANSAS – William Matthew “Matt” Murphy, 50, of Hardtner, Kansas, formerly of Hoyt, Kansas, passed away December 6, 2021 at his home surrounded by family. He was born October 30, 1971 in Topeka, Kansas to Norma and Jeff Murphy.
Matt graduated from Royal Valley High School. After receiving his associates degree from Cloud County Community College, Matt also attended Kansas State University.
He retired from Sam’s Club after 25 years to pursue a career as a food inspector for the Kansas State Department of Agriculture. Matt spent many years coaching various sports and catering, neither of which he ever really considered a job.
Matt was an avid sports fan, especially of the Kansas State Wildcats, the Kansas City Royals, the Kansas City Chiefs, and of course his local teams. Matt loved cooking and trying new recipes, and spending time with his grandkids. He was quiet, but gentle and loving. He had the heart of a server and never missed an opportunity to make someone laugh, even when he was consumed with pain.
Matt was strong in his faith and valued his relationship with Christ. While in Hoyt, Matt was a member of the Hoyt Baptist Church where he and Tammy were active in leading the youth group for many years. After moving to Kiowa, they attended Grace Bible Fellowship of Kiowa, where they became family.
Matt was preceded in death by his son, Mitchell Murphy; his mother, Norma Murphy; and his father, William Walker “Jeff” Murphy.
Survivors include wife of fourteen years, Tammy Murphy; daughters, Clarissa Murphy, of Capron, Oklahoma, and Brooke Bollman and husband, Jared, of Wakita, Oklahoma; son, Jarrett Roy and Kaytlyn of Hoyt, Kansas; and five granddaughters; brother, Patrick Murphy and wife, Cynthia and their children, Ellena and Donovan.
Funeral service for Matt will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 11, 2021 at the South Barber High School in Kiowa, Kansas. Burial will follow at the Riverview Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa. Viewing will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and family will greet friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Then on December 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. there will be a memorial service to honor Matt's life at Hoyt Baptist Church in Hoyt, Kansas. www.lanmanmemorials.com Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.
Memorials may be given to the South Barber Girls’ Basketball Team or Kiowa District Healthcare through the funeral home.