CHEYENNE - John Murphy, assistant superintendent of the Wigwam Rearing Station near Ten Sleep, recently retired after 41 years with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
Prior to beginning his career with the Game and Fish, Murphy attended the University of Wyoming graduating with a bachelor's degree in wildlife management.
His first job with the Game and Fish was as a seasonal fish biologist in Jackson and Casper. He worked briefly as a game warden before joining the spawning and distribution crew at the Daniel Hatchery. In 1977 he was promoted to assistant hatchery superintendent at the Daniel Hatchery near Pinedale and in 1980 transferred to the Wigwam Rearing Station near Ten Sleep.
Over the years Murphy has made numerous contributions to the fish culture section as well as the department. "Murph contributed a great deal to the department, including teaching hunter safety and volunteering at the EXPO in the black powder shooting area, in addition to his contributions at the facility itself," said Wigwam Rearing Station superintendent Jeff Stafford. "He had an ability to get our message across to the public and was well liked by his peers as well as thepublic."
Stafford said one of Murph's greatest assets was his ability to use existing materials lying around the station to make something useful--a very important attribute when dealing with limited budgets. "Murph is a good person, a good employee, and a team player. He will be missed," Stafford said.
Murphy and his wife Paula Jo will make their home in Ten Sleep upon retirement.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)