Dan Murphy has called southwestern Colorado home his entire adult life. His dedication to understanding issues at the heart of western Colorado has been exemplified through his service in numerous arenas, including the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Big Game Allocation Program (BGLAP), the Colorado Wildlife Federation, the Colorado Outfitters Association, Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation, Hinsdale Country Planning Commission, Hinsdale County School board as well as the Lake Fork Valley Conservancy. Dan’s work commitment, positive outlook and approach on wildlife and domestic issues have brought forth progressive, positive and life altering changes. Dan has owned and operated restaurants, a guest resort for 17 years, and a respected outfitting business in Colorado, Alaska, and Montana for 20 years. During those years in the field, Dan often spent 100+ nights a year in a sleeping bag. Dan has spent a lifetime understanding rivers, western lands, wildlife, and the issues they face. For those searching for the ideal mountain property and ranch, Dan’s years of experience and expertise have proven a natural asset. He is the owner of Team Murphy Realty LLC, a Real Estate Company specializing in ranch and recreation properties in southwestern Colorado and northern New Mexico.
Though initially a Texas native, over the last four decades Michael has split his time between Colorado and Texas. After serving as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for American Beverage Co. in San Antonio, Michael joined the startup brewery New Belgium Brewing Co. in Fort Collins, CO a the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Southwest Region, including Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. When Michael heard the family was venturing into real estate, the mountains finally beckoned him home and he returned to Southwest Colorado to help start Team Murphy Realty. Having been involved in sales and marketing for some of the largest farms and ranches in the San Luis Valley, Michael has developed a keen eye for characteristics that make up a valuable ranch. Drawing upon his involvement in the sale of some of the most pristine parcels of the Rio Grande River, his knowledge of water and water rights serves as an invaluable asset to the Team. In addition his Team Murphy Duties (in his free time) Michael takes great pride in his work as a Lake City Town Trustee, Chairman of the Hinsdale County/ Town of Lake City Marketing Committee and his seat of the Board of Directors of the lake City Hinsdale County Chamber of Commerce.
LaWana DeWees relocated to Pagosa Springs with her husband from the Hill Country in Texas in 1996. She has a background in accounting and business management and has been active with her husband in developing real estate properties. LaWana is the ultimate “birddog” when it comes to finding your dream property—she will not rest until finding the ranch that best fits all your needs. She has a vast knowledge of all necessary working relationships, financial structures, and tax benefits with regards to LLC’s, Corporations, and Conservation Easements to successfully get the deal done to the benefit of all involved. While she truly loves working with challenging, unique properties, she is also quite at home in the general real estate market. She can truly see the potential in any number of scenarios and has the financial background to make the numbers work. She and her husband have owned or currently own properties in Lake City, South Fork and Pagosa Springs, enjoying all the outdoor recreational possibilities Colorado has to offer.
Suzy Woodward has been in the general real estate market for 17 years– all of which have been spent in the mountains of south central Colorado. She specializes in the hunting and fishing aspect of ranch ownership drawing from her extensive knowledge of wildlife management and of the hunting draw system in Colorado. Suzy received a Bachelor degree in wildlife management in 1982 and a master’s degree in wildlife science in 1985. She is an avid bow hunter, fly fisherwoman, and also enjoys hiking, team penning, team roping, and trail riding. She has experience in livestock management as well. Suzy understands and promotes the ins and outs of the landowner limited hunting voucher system in Colorado as well as knowledge of Ranching for Wildlife and Habitat Partnership Programs that are currently in place through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Suzy joined the Team Murphy group in the spring of 2012 upon realizing the natural fit to the entire team’s wealth of knowledge in the ranch real estate field.
Michelle is a Native to Colorado, and lived on the western slope for 24 years. With her husband, Dan Murphy they owned and operated a Resort and then a property management company on Lake San Cristobal in Lake City, CO. She has been involved in a development in the San Juan Mountains and Texas.
Tom and Midge Murphy
Tom and Midge started a lifetime love affair with Lake City and the surrounding area as tourists in 1969. Through more than 3 decades of living the mountain dream in the Lake Fork area, they built a wonderful life. While raising three outstanding children, they owned and operated a number of very successful tourist-oriented businesses. Through their involvement in civic duties, they helped Lake City plan and build for a bright and successful future. Their knowledge of development, construction, infrastructure, planning and sales in this area has given them a wide basis of experience for their new roles with Team Murphy.
Sandy was raised in Dolores, Colorado and spent most of her adult life in New Mexico. She enjoyed a long career in the travel industry before obtaining her associates in Paralegal Studies. Sandy spent 9 years working as a paralegal for a law firm in New Mexico. She joined Team Murphy in June, 2014 and obtained her Colorado real estate license in early 2016. In her free time she enjoys gardening, ATVing, traveling and visiting her children and grandchildren.
As a Lake City native, Willow spent her entire childhood growing up in the San Juan Mountains and has a great compassion and knowledge for the area. After living in various other parts of Colorado, her love for nature and small town atmosphere drew her back to her home-town. The last several years she has worked several jobs in the service industry as well as reporting for the local newspaper. She spends her free time hiking, camping, and enjoying the outdoors with her two young children.