James Joseph "Jimmy" Murtagh M.D.
1935 - 2021
{ "" }
Share
Share James's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
James Joseph "Jimmy" Murtagh, M.D.,85, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021, surrounded by his wife and six children. A native of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, he was born on April 13, 1935, and raised in Port Allen, Louisiana. He was a "boy of SJA" and graduated from Catholic High School, Baton Rouge in 1953. He graduated from LSU in 1956 and LSU Medical School in 1960. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He then very proudly served in the U.S. Air Force as a Flight Surgeon from 1962 to 1964 and then again as an ophthalmologist from 1987 to 1996, achieving the rank of Colonel. He practiced ophthalmology in Morgan City, Louisiana, where he raised his family. Doc was preceded in death by his parents, Leo Robert Murtagh and Sebastiana "Bessie" Scafide Murtagh, sister Emmy Murtagh Thibodeaux and husband Billy, and brother Robert (Bobby) Murtagh and wife Joyce. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Carolyn Carrow Murtagh; children Nannette (Johnny Morgan), Yvette Torres, Tobin (Michelle Arcidiacono), Bobette (Joel Robideaux), Albin (Kristi) and Mynette (Branden Luthye); grandchildren Zachary Morgan, Christian Roubique, Sydney Torres, Symone Goodman (Garret), Thomas Torres, Lauren Arcidiacono, Anthony Arcidiacono, Dylan (Rachael) Robideaux, Brennan (Corinne) Robideaux, Luke (Katelyn) Robideaux, Mason Murtagh and Elouise Randall; and one great-grandchild, Quinn McKenzie James Goodman. He will be most remembered for his devout faith and devotion to family. In lieu flowers, donations can be made to Catholic High School, Baton Rouge or a charity of your choice. Due to COVID restrictions, graveside services on Tuesday, January 12, will be limited to immediate family. Please share memories at www.wilbertservices.com.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Advocate from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
MAKE A DONATION
Please consider a donation, as requested by the family.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
3 entries
January 12, 2021
Skinny, my heartfelt prayers go out to you and your family. It seems that all our old Port Allen names are vanishing before our eyes. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all today even though we cannot be with you.
Ralph Alexander
Friend
January 10, 2021
Carolyn I am at loss for words .Stunned and very sad . Later when you get a chance please me at 225 769 9002. The phone numbers I had for you and Nan have been disconnected.You are in my prayers. Jim is in heaven above .So sorry. John Manning.J
John Manning
Friend
January 9, 2021
The entire staff at Wilbert Funeral Service expresses our sincere condolences. May your heart soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times spent together as you celebrate a life well lived!
The Staff of Wilbert Funeral Home
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences